Handprint art is great for it’s flexibility. Pick an appropriate colour/colours, add some details, and you can make pretty much any object from handprints. We have a bunch of June birthdays coming up so we made three cards this weekend.
The first card we made is a classic handprint garden. I helped Q dip her hand in a tray of three colours of paint. C then helped by cutting strips out of a green and blue painted page he had done a while ago. These became the stems and grass. Inside I wrote, “Hope you have a bloomin’ good time on your birthday!”
C wanted to make trucks. We started off with a dump truck made from some blue and pink C handprints we had lying around. After gluing them onto the card, I used a Sharpe to draw a cab over one handprint. Then I cut out a dump bed (with “windows” so you could see the hand more) and wheels. C glued them on. Inside I wrote, “Hope you have a truck load of fun on your birthday!”
Our piece de resistance was our fire truck (well, it’s my favourite one). We did a red handprint for this one. After it dried, I used Sharpe to very loosely draw the front end and siren of a fire truck. Then C glued on the ladder and wheels I had cut out. Inside I wrote, “Hope you have a blazing good time on your birthday!”
After we finished the fire truck, C insisted on making a blue handprint and a green handprint. He wants to make a recycling truck and a garbage truck. Any suggestions of sayings to go inside those cards? All I’ve come up with so far are: “Make sure to follow the three Rs of birthdays: relax, r-, and r-” (haven’t thought of two more r words yet) and “Hope you birthday isn’t the dumps!” There’s got to be something better out there…