While babysitting for our neighbor, I needed a fun activity to keep my kids and them busy. We decided to make a puffy paint polar bear handprint winter craft. All 4 kids enjoyed making them, but my toddler especially enjoyed feeling the homemade paint!
Puffy Paint Polar Bear Handprint Craft Instructions
- shaving cream
- white school glue
- small container
- jumbo construction paper
- brown crayon or marker
Start by tracing the hand as well as the arm and then color it in. This is especially fun for preschoolers to practice pre-writing skills.
Next, make the puffy paint – white school glue mixed with shaving cream (equal parts). Have them make fingerprint snowflakes using the puffy paint. My 2 year old also made a big, snowy mess at the top of her tree. The older kids also painted snow on the ground.
I painted each kids hand with the puffy paint one at a time. They pressed their hand down making a print with the fingertips towards the bottom. Turn them into polar bears having them make a tail and the ears.
After it dried, I drew on facial features and bear claws with a permanent marker. The marker did not work very well for this purpose so I would suggest using black paint instead.
The paint is still puffy/raised 2 months later!