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October 19, 2015

10 Fall Handprint Crafts With Book Pairings

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    There is a crispness in the air, the leaves are changing colors — it is definitely the season for making fall crafts! And for younger students especially, what’s better than an adorable handprint? Not only will your students love getting their hands all squishy and “painty,” but the biggest fans of these crafts will be the parents. There is something so sweet about a child’s handprint, and they serve as wonderful keepsakes. Some of my fondest treasures from when my own children were little (where did the time go!) are the art projects bearing the imprints of their tiny hands. Children aren’t little for long, and this handicraft will be something their parents will cherish forever!

    1. Columbus Ship

    Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, and this handprint ship is a great way to introduce your little learners to the ships Columbus used on his expedition. Click here for a poem you can use with your students.

     

    2. Handprint Pumpkin

    Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about fall! I love using them to decorate, teach with, and most of all, eat! In kindergarten, we learn about living and non-living, and introducing the life cycle of a pumpkin is absolutely perfect for this time of the year!

    3. Owl on a Branch

    A few years ago I had an owl-themed classroom and ever since, I have always been partial to these majestic birds. This handprint craft is a bit more involved, but I had great success when I did it with my kinders. They turned out so unique! If you take the time to paint the background, it is a charming piece of artwork to display.

     

    4. Handprint Tree

    Every year I take my kids on a nature walk during autumn. There is no better way to see what happens during a particular season than by being outside and observing nature firsthand. Encourage your students to collect leaves and make observations. You can even have them write in their journals while they are outside.

     

    These beautiful trees are right outside my school, Cecil D. Andrus Elementary!

    5. Witch on a Broom

     

    Use this cute book to review letter sounds and names with your students, and I promise you, the spooky characters will keep your kids paying attention the whole time. Here is a catchy witch song that reinforces counting to 10 that your kids will love!

    6. Creepy Crawly Spiders

    I was so excited when I found this spider web font for free on DaFont.com. I used it to print my students' names for their artwork. Their reactions were priceless when they saw how spooky their names looked!

     

    Our spider handprint art looks very eerie in our hallway! I just can't help but smile every time I walk by these creepy crawlers! Students also wrote about whether or not they thought a spider would make a good pet. I love what they had to say!

     

    7. Skeleton Hand

    The human body is fun to study during Halloween time. I loved doing this skeleton handprint craft because once you put on the Q-tips, they really do look like bones! Students can use this printable to test their knowledge of common and proper names of bones. This would be a fantastic activity to use with upper grade students.

    8. Vampire Handprint

    The Scholastic Teacher Store describes it best: "Little Baby Mummy wants just one more game of hide-and-shriek with Big Mama Mummy before bedtime. The night is deep and dark, full of friendly creatures that click their clacky teeth and whoosh past on flippy-floppy wings. But who will comfort Little Baby Mummy if a small, scritchy-scratchy someone gives him a scare? Big Mama Mummy, of course!"

    9. Veteran's Day Flag

    Veteran’s Day is a very special day to celebrate! Teaching your students about those who serve and protect our country is a big responsibility. After making this cute handprint flag, you can discuss the meaning of the stars and the stripes with your children. If you would like to make a bulletin board to display your flags, you can click HERE to download a poem to go with it.

    10. Pinecone Turkeys

    Last but not least, we can’t celebrate fall without doing turkey art! For those of you who are squeamish about paint on kids' hands, here is the perfect handprint craft for you! It would also be a great keepsake that could be used at the Thanksgiving dinner table!

    If you liked these fall handprint crafts, please subscribe to follow me and get my winter handprint craft blog post that will be coming soon. Thanks for your support and don't forget to have FUN painting with your kids!

    Have a great day!

    Shari 

    There is a crispness in the air, the leaves are changing colors — it is definitely the season for making fall crafts! And for younger students especially, what’s better than an adorable handprint? Not only will your students love getting their hands all squishy and “painty,” but the biggest fans of these crafts will be the parents. There is something so sweet about a child’s handprint, and they serve as wonderful keepsakes. Some of my fondest treasures from when my own children were little (where did the time go!) are the art projects bearing the imprints of their tiny hands. Children aren’t little for long, and this handicraft will be something their parents will cherish forever!

    1. Columbus Ship

    Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, and this handprint ship is a great way to introduce your little learners to the ships Columbus used on his expedition. Click here for a poem you can use with your students.

     

    2. Handprint Pumpkin

    Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about fall! I love using them to decorate, teach with, and most of all, eat! In kindergarten, we learn about living and non-living, and introducing the life cycle of a pumpkin is absolutely perfect for this time of the year!

    3. Owl on a Branch

    A few years ago I had an owl-themed classroom and ever since, I have always been partial to these majestic birds. This handprint craft is a bit more involved, but I had great success when I did it with my kinders. They turned out so unique! If you take the time to paint the background, it is a charming piece of artwork to display.

     

    4. Handprint Tree

    Every year I take my kids on a nature walk during autumn. There is no better way to see what happens during a particular season than by being outside and observing nature firsthand. Encourage your students to collect leaves and make observations. You can even have them write in their journals while they are outside.

     

    These beautiful trees are right outside my school, Cecil D. Andrus Elementary!

    5. Witch on a Broom

     

    Use this cute book to review letter sounds and names with your students, and I promise you, the spooky characters will keep your kids paying attention the whole time. Here is a catchy witch song that reinforces counting to 10 that your kids will love!

    6. Creepy Crawly Spiders

    I was so excited when I found this spider web font for free on DaFont.com. I used it to print my students' names for their artwork. Their reactions were priceless when they saw how spooky their names looked!

     

    Our spider handprint art looks very eerie in our hallway! I just can't help but smile every time I walk by these creepy crawlers! Students also wrote about whether or not they thought a spider would make a good pet. I love what they had to say!

     

    7. Skeleton Hand

    The human body is fun to study during Halloween time. I loved doing this skeleton handprint craft because once you put on the Q-tips, they really do look like bones! Students can use this printable to test their knowledge of common and proper names of bones. This would be a fantastic activity to use with upper grade students.

    8. Vampire Handprint

    The Scholastic Teacher Store describes it best: "Little Baby Mummy wants just one more game of hide-and-shriek with Big Mama Mummy before bedtime. The night is deep and dark, full of friendly creatures that click their clacky teeth and whoosh past on flippy-floppy wings. But who will comfort Little Baby Mummy if a small, scritchy-scratchy someone gives him a scare? Big Mama Mummy, of course!"

    9. Veteran's Day Flag

    Veteran’s Day is a very special day to celebrate! Teaching your students about those who serve and protect our country is a big responsibility. After making this cute handprint flag, you can discuss the meaning of the stars and the stripes with your children. If you would like to make a bulletin board to display your flags, you can click HERE to download a poem to go with it.

    10. Pinecone Turkeys

    Last but not least, we can’t celebrate fall without doing turkey art! For those of you who are squeamish about paint on kids' hands, here is the perfect handprint craft for you! It would also be a great keepsake that could be used at the Thanksgiving dinner table!

    If you liked these fall handprint crafts, please subscribe to follow me and get my winter handprint craft blog post that will be coming soon. Thanks for your support and don't forget to have FUN painting with your kids!

    Have a great day!

    Shari 

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