We love these 12 Handprint and Footprint Crafts for each month of the year, to be inspiration for your own crafts at home, for teachers at school or even to compile into a calendar (available at office supply or craft stores) to give as a gift at Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's birthdays or Christmas!
Tip: Many of the handprints can be adapted for little ones, by using footprints instead. Here are tips for making the perfect hand or foot print.
Poem for the cover:
The Hands of A Child
by Amy Ethridge
When you look at the hand what do you see?
There are just some lines most would agree.
But take a closer look this very minute
And notice the treasures that are found within it.
The hand can be so many things,
From tulips to beautiful butterfly wings.
A Santa, an apple, even a heart,
A pumpkin, an umbrella, that’s only a start.
The hand can be snowflakes that fall from the sky.
The hand can be a leprechaun trying to hide.
It can be the sunshine to brighten the day.
It can be a fish swimming away.
It can be a turkey strutting along,
Whatever you make it, you can’t go wrong.
Just take a little time to look and see,
Where these hands came from,
And you’ll surely agree
Your child, the artist, reaching his goal,
Created this for you with body and soul.
Keep it and use it till the time has past.
Then put it away so the memories will last.
Here are our suggestions for each month;
January- Penguins and Snowmen for Winter
February- Handprint heart for Valentine's Day
March- Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day
May- Footprint Flowers
July- Canada Day flag
August- Handprint or footprint sun for Summer
October- Thanksgiving handprint turkey
November- Snowflake ( can also look like a star)
December- Reindeer (or Christmas tree)