A handprint mug makes a special gift for a variety of holidays and occasions such as birthdays, mother’s day, Father’s Day, or Christmas. A handprint mug is the perfect keepsake and can be made by children of all ages from infants to children in elementary school. Children in your family daycare will have a blast making handprints on a mug. The handprint does not need to be perfect. It is the imperfections that make the gift truly unique. This daycare creative arts activity includes materials, instructions and verbal cues for daycare providers.
Newspaper or Butcher Paper
Begin with a clean activity surface. Cover the activity surface with newspaper or butcher paper to protect the surface. Apply surface cleaner on cup with a brush to clean the surface and create a bond for the paint.
Apply acrylic paint using a paint brush to the child’s hand. For very young children, first practice by putting acrylic paint on the child’s hand and then pressing it onto a paper towel or other type of scratch paper. Practice this several times. For older children, add paint to a shallow dish and then show them how to press their entire palm in the paint to coat the entire palm.
Help the child press his hand that is coated in paint onto the surface of the mug. Make sure the child’s hand is completely flat against the mug. If you are dealing with a particularly. Alternatively, trace the outline of child’s hand onto the mug hand and then encourage the child use a paint brush to color in the handprint.
Let the mug dry completely. Alternatively, put the mug in an oven and bake at low for bake it at a very low temperature 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes.
Spray the surface of the mug with acrylic varnish to create shine.
Do not put the finished product in the dishwasher. Wash by hand with water and dish soap.
Make sure that the children are covered with smocks to protect their clothing.
Verbal Cues for the Creative Art Activity
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to make a mug with a handprint on it.
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to press your hand onto the paper?
Verbal Cue A: Which color paints would you like to use first?
Verbal Cue B: I like the design you have made!
Verbal Cue A: Let’s take turns using the paints.
Verbal Cue B: Can you let Jane use the paint brush?
References and Resources
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