Hand printed turkeys, fingertip spiders, snowmen from feet.....I never tire of these timeless classics. They are perfect projects for the youngest kids in your crafty bunch who want to join the fun, but have little fingers that don't work as well as those of the bigger kids.
I found my inspiration for this family keepsake at Amanda's Fun Handprint Art blog, a real treasure of a site for kid-printed work. My youngest daughter, Karen, and her husband will find this matted and framed gift from their pair of six month and two year old children under the tree in a few short weeks. Despite being a little "squiggle-bug," clenching his fists in protest, I managed to get one acceptable print out of four or five from baby Ryan. Kaylee was a pro, slapping down perfection on her first try. She supplied the red ornaments for both trees from the tips of her fingers, too.
If you print siblings, start with the youngest one first and have lots of back-up paper lined up! The gold garlands and stars are cut and glued paper. They conveniently cover up a few stray blobs of green paint! Maybe next year the baby will be a little more cooperative, but I have no regrets. His sweet little hands - and those of his sister - will never be this size again!
Sissy practices perfect fingertip ornaments at grandma's weekly crafting sessions!