Mother's Day Felt Handprints
Children grow so quickly so this Mother's Day gift will be a perfect way to perceive the memories of just how small their children once were. When mothers see their children’s little handprints on the gift made by their own little toddlers, the memories will be sure to put a smile on any mothers' face. Let’s give every mother a smile by planning these wonderful arts and crafts.
- 8 by 11 inch piece of felt
- 8 by 11 inch piece of poster board
- Old newspaper
- Tempera paint (white)
- Large paper plate
- Hole-punch (teacher)
- Black marker (teacher)
- Scissors (teacher)
To begin, place the children in small groups on tables that are covered in old newspaper. Each table should be supplied with felt, poster board, cording and a small amount of white tempera paint poured into a large paper plate. Help the children glue the 8-inch by 11-inch piece of felt to the poster board. (Note: Teachers, trim around the edges with scissors if necessary.)
Tip: Teachers also may prefer to glue the felt and poster board together in advance. This would eliminate a step in the craft and allow for drying time. Teachers, demonstrate to the children how to place their hands in the paint (fingers spread slightly). Teachers assist by placing the children’s hands in the white tempera paint until the palms and fingers are covered. Allow any excess paint to drip from their hands.
Next, teachers will need to assist the children when placing their hands on the felt. Note: Ask the children in advance not to wiggle their hands as they may smear the paint. Teachers, hold the felt down and ask the children to slowly lift their hands. Allow time for the handprints to dry.
Use a hole-punch to punch a hole in each top corner. Tie a piece of cording from one hole to the other to be used as a hanger. Teachers, using a black marker print “Happy Mother's Day!" across the top of the handprints. The children’s names and the date should also be added to the bottom of the handprints.