Charming, quick and easy: This hand and foot print flower craft makes a great gift for Mother’s Day. In addition, children can have fun while practicing their creative arts skills. Preschool teachers and daycare providers have the opportunity to promote creative development by providing art activities that explore media and materials and encourage imagination.
Handprint and footprint flowers are an excellent example of an activity that provides the opportunity to for expression and to encourage spontaneity in material usage. This lesson plan includes a materials list, preparation instructions and procedures for this activity to make childcare jobs easier, but also the age appropriate learning objectives and a sample of the simple supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
Washable tempura paints in a variety of colors (including green)
Foam paint brush
Art paper or cardstock
Add the paints to individual shallow pans
Cover the activity surface in butcher paper
Set all of the materials on the activity table
Hand and Foot Print Flower Instructions
- Invite the children over to the activity area and let them know they can make a flower out of their hand and foot prints.
- Ask children to choose two colors for their flowers.
- Help the children make two handprints at the top of the paper and green foot prints below the hand prints.
- Clean off hands and feet with baby wipes.
- Help the children paint on the flower steams using a foam paint brush.
- Encourage the children to paint on leaves.
- Help the children add their name and date.
Hand and Foot Print Lesson Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create flowers using paint.
Verbal Cue A: Today we are going to use hand prints and foot prints to make a flower!
Verbal Cue B: Would you like to design a flower out of hand prints and foot prints?
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose paint colors or to blend the colors they choose
Verbal Cue A: Which color would you like to use first?
Verbal Cue B: I like the way you are choosing your colors!
To promote the sharing of art materials to foster social interaction and cooperation
Verbal Cue A: Please take turns using the red paint.
Verbal Cue B: Can you let Sarah use the green paint?
Kids will have great fun in your childcare center while enhancing their fine arts skills.
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