I made this darling footprint chili pepper character with my 1 yr old toddler as a Cinco de Mayo keepsake craft. Since my kids father is Hispanic, I try to focus on crafts that introduce them to their heritage in a fun way. Our 4 year old will not eat anything spicy and is in the typical picky eater phase for his age group. From early on, we have tried to get him to try more of the traditional Mexican food that my hubby's side of the family eats, but if it isn't chicken taquitos, quesadillas, or black beans, he wants nothing to do with it (just like his Momma.... he, he!).
His sister on the other hand, already at age 1 tries to eat spicy things. She makes the silliest faces and even the funniest little cries while eating spicy foods, but she always wants more!!! She will be eating chili peppers and jalapenos in no time. I thought the footprint chili pepper would be the perfect craft for my little girl. It was inspired by a chili pepper craft that I bookmarked last year which is definitely worth taking a peek at- it isn't a character, but she cut hers out, punched a hole in them, & hung them up with string. Here's how I made mine:Paint foot red and press on to paper in color of choice.
How to make the Footprint Chili Pepper Kids Craft
- Color or paint a green stem.
- Color on black arms, legs, & shoes.
- Make white thumbprint eyes.
- Make white fingerprint hands.
- Outline eyes in black.
- I thought it would be cute to write "Hot Stuff!" on ours but, of course, that part is optional.
Cinco de Mayo Footprint Chili Pepper Craft - Little Sister, 16 months old
Have you made any handprint-themed food crafts? I'd love for you to share in the comments or on our Facebook wall!