Thrifty Kid’s Springtime Craft Idea

This week at preschool we learned about the weather.  To go along with the weather theme, I had my darling students make these adorable handprint crafts.  (Get it . . . March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb?) 

Parents love handprint crafts.  They are great keepsakes.  I love a thrifty craft.

 lion and lamb

For the lion, I made a mixture of yellow and brown (just a little) paint to make that sort of mustard color.  I painted the children’s palms with the paint and made a handprint on paper.  For the lion’s mane, I cut up small strips of brown construction paper and rolled them around a pen to get them to curl.  Actually, I had one of my student’s help me with this task because she loves to help.  We glued the strips for the mane, made a tail of yarn, and then I added the face.  Definitely cute and simple.

For the lamb, I traced the children’s hand onto a black piece of construction paper.  If they had good cutting skills, I let them cut out their own handprint.  Then we added torn pieces of cotton for a fluffy look, wiggle eyes, and a drawn on mouth.  I’m not too thrilled with the face on this lamb, but you live and learn.  I’m sure there’s something cuter that could be done.  Maybe next year.

So, what do you think?  Do you like them?  Do you have any arts & crafts ideas for us?  I’m always looking for thrifty craft ideas.

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