Stamp a Hand print Candy Cane

Stamp a Hand print Candy Cane

What’s red and white and sweet all over? Candy canes, of course! This tactile painting activity gives kids permission to get messy (just a little bit!) while creating a decorative candy cane mosaic from red and white hand prints. Hang them on the wall as decorations, place them on your Christmas tree, or give them away as personalized keepsakes.

What You Need:

  • Large piece of paper
  • Red and white paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Marker
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Lay the paper on a flat work surface and use the marker to help your child draw a thick outline of a candy cane. The candy cane should be slightly wider than your child’s hand.
  2. With your child, pencil in lines where the stripes will go.
  3. Check to make sure her hands are clean, then help her paint the candy cane with an even coat of white paint.
  4. Starting at the bottom of the outline, help her stamp a hand print to form the first stripe.
  5. Continue stamping white hand prints on alternating stripes, recoating her hand with paint for each hand print.
  6. Help your child wash her hand. Once her hand is thoroughly dry, repeat the process on the alternate stripes using red paint.

When the painted candy cane is completely dry, invite your child to cut out the candy cane and hang it up.

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Santa’s Reindeer

Santa’s Reindeer

Do you hear sleigh bells ringing? It must be the time of year when we get a visit from Santa’s reindeer! Your little one can welcome the reindeer with an adorable reindeer portrait all while learning the difference between small, medium and large. Rudolph, as the star of the portrait, will be the largest. She’ll then choose two of her other favorite reindeer for the medium and small sizes which will serve as a basic introduction to perspective.

What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Review the names of all of the reindeer s with your child. We have: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and, last but not least, Rudolph. See if she can remember their names on her own. Explain that she’ll be featuring Rudolph as the largest reindeer. Then, ask her to choose two other reindeer to feature in the medium and small-sized portraits.
  2. Place a sheet of construction paper in a vertical, or portrait orientation and set it aside to be the background of the reindeer portraits.
  3. Ask her to place a sheet of brown construction paper on the table in a vertical orientation. Have her draw three squares using a pencil. Each square should be larger than the next to create small, medium and large-sized shapes.
  4. On the white paper, have her create circles for the eyes. There will be two large, two medium and two small white circles. Repeat this action with the black paper, but making sure the circles start a bit smaller than before.
  5. Ask her to glue the black circles onto the white circles.
  6. Glue the squares on the paper, overlapping one another. The largest square will be located at the bottom.
  7. Inquire what reindeer she has decided to include in her portrait. Ask her if she remembers all of the reindeer’s’ names.
  8. Have her glue the eyes in place on the squares.
  9. Encourage her to draw and cut out three squares for the reindeer noses. The largest will be red for Rudolph, one will be medium-sized and the other small-sized. Glue them in place.
  10. To complete her reindeer, have her cut out three pairs of antlers, each larger than the next. Glue them in place.

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