I’ve been a nanny for quite some time and have a huge portfolio of different projects I’ve done with different kiddos along the years. I can even sort them into seasons and into months, almost, as I like to follow themes a lot. I also like to do a lot of hand/foot print pieces of art, because it’s a fun way for everyone to see how much growing is happening throughout the course of a year!
I thought I’d share some cute Octorbery ones with you, in case you would like to try some out!
They’re for toddlers, but you can be the judge on if your kid can sit still long enough to place their hand/foot on the paper without smearing too much. I did a lot of coaching beforehand with the kids before we did anything with paint, so they were angels during the process.
This was one of my favorites and it’s easy enough to do. Paint a light coat of white paint onto the kiddo’s foot and place gently on the paper. Remove foot and you’ve got ghosts! One the paint dries, you can add the eyes and mouth (I used marker, but googly eyes would work well, too!). I also had a boat load of foam Halloween stickers and I let the kids go to town with them!
Owls! I let the kids pick the color they wanted their owl to be. I cut out the basic shape of the body and glued it to the paper (with the legs and face as well). Then I lightly painted the hands and let them place onto the body as wings!
Spiders took a little more finesse, but not much more difficult than the others. Draw a spider web with a pencil first. Paint the kid’s hand, minus the thumb. Then place onto the web. You can use both hands or just one hand twice, but overlap them a litte to make one spider body. After everything was dried, I added the eyes. I then used some sparkly puffy paint to go over the web and add the EEK! bubble, but you can use a marker, too.
A good idea that a lot of people I know have put into practice is scanning the art onto a file. Later, you can take all the files and add them to a FlutterShy book or something, which is a cute way to keep the art forever, without having stacks of faded construction paper. It makes a great gift, too!