Bugs are fascinating to kids. They are easy to find and examine up close. Today we are sharing how to turn a handprint into a cute grasshopper craft using our printable template. This is a great art project to do in the summer after catching a real grasshopper.
Going on a Grasshopper Hunt
Summer is a great time to spend outside. Going searching for bugs is a perfect opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time. Grasshoppers have such great camouflage that they are such a prize to be found. We have lots of tall grass (where grasshoppers live) in our yard and we typically find a few throughout the summer.
A little tip for finding one: look at the pieces of tall grass and see if you can find any holes. The grasshoppers eat the grass and leave behind holes.
Grasshoppers are so interesting to look at with their long antenna, oval eyes and spiny back legs. We have a rule about catching bugs, everything needs to be released back into the wild before we go inside.
This handprint grasshopper craft would be a great way to record the details of a grasshopper that you’ve found. Print out the grasshopper craft template and use a marker to add more details that you see on the one that you caught.
It might be a good idea to snap a couple pictures of your found grasshopper friend before letting him go. This way, you’ll have a picture and a fun grasshopper craft to remember all of those details.
Grasshopper Craft Supplies Needed
So let’s get started on the handprint grasshopper craft! This is what you’ll need: paint, paintbrush, and the template. The printable PDF comes with a color version as well as a black and white version that kids can color in themselves.
- Printed Grasshopper Template
- Green Kids Paint
- Markers (optional)
→ Find the printable grasshopper template HERE.
Grasshopper Handprint Art Instructions
First, print the grasshopper craft template on white paper either in color or the black and white version. If this grasshopper craft is being used in the classroom for a preschool bug theme, it would be a good idea to have the kids color it. This way they can give the grasshopper a unique face. You can even use googly eyes for a little extra silliness.
Once they are finished coloring their grasshopper, have them paint their hand with green kids paint. Make a sideways handprint over the legs. The heel of the hand should be touching the head while the fingers should be pointed opposite the head, going past the back leg. Set aside to dry.
The handprint grasshopper craft is complete! This would make a great Letter of the Week activity for the Letter Gg. Preschoolers could write, "G is for Grasshopper" across the top of the page.
Preschool or Kindergarten Bug Crafts
This is a handprint grasshopper is an easy craft for kindergarten or preschool bug and insect theme. For more cute bug ideas made using handprints and footprints, check out the following:
Happy grasshopper hunting!