Creative Making Your Hand Prints Stand Out
Making Your Hand Prints Stand Out
Does your child love to hand print different things? If they do, they should get a hand print artist to paint or draw something for them. What better way to motivate a child than to hand print their name on a toy, make a drawing or paint a picture. It’s such a simple process but so rewarding. Not only does it make the child feel good, but it also teaches them about colors, shapes and the ability to express themselves creatively.
Many educators either support the mass production-line proliferation of hand print art s produced by adults and turned into “fine-tipped” Santa’s, fishing lures, fish, flamingos and flowers. Other explanations offered in defence of these activities include educational benefits, fine-otor development, the need to inculcate values in young people and the need to teach children to respect others. Studies have shown that hand print art engages and excites pre-schoolers. In fact, these early childhood educators frequently say that it improves language, motor skills, hand movements and self-control.
The positive benefits of hand print art can extend to adults too. They can be used for thank you notes, as holiday decorations and to accentuate photos. Perhaps most importantly, hand prints offer a valuable opportunity to connect with those who are most like-minded. They can help reinforce values that children learn early in their lives, which will be essential for adult life. The connection created between early childhood educators and the hand print art of their students is a unique and satisfying one.
An early childhood educator might take the hand print art of a parent or guardian and create a unique scrapbook or album. The album could then be used as a starting point for a teacher to record the child’s own hand print and experience of their parent’s or guardian’s special time. There are many different ways that this scrapbook could be completed. Some teachers might choose to record brief quotes or simple poem print designs using the child’s own ink; other teachers might just use a plain blank stapler with a pen taped on the reverse to capture handprints. Some might just use the poem print as inspiration for the creation of a more elaborate album or scrapbook cover.
For this project, the hand print would simply be photographed using a digital camera and then copied onto an appropriate size of card stock using a laser printer and a standard ink pen or dry erase marker. For hand print artists who are particularly proud of their work, they might even wax or varnish their work so that it appears hand painted. Then a variety of different art products might be used to decorate the album. Depending on how ambitious the teacher is with the project, he or she might prefer to use ribbon, fabric paints or pastels to decorate the album.
A variety of teachers, grandparents, counselors and Head Start professionals are finding that hand prints are a great way to incorporate meaningful and relevant experiences offered by those who have passed on. They are also perfect for incorporating those same experiences into the art work of others. If more of the public is encouraged to record their own hand prints using similar methods, this type of project can provide a platform for those who want to share what they have learned in a classroom setting or share a personal experience during one of their custodial visits.