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Hand, finger, and thumbprint crafts

Check out these 11 fabulous fingerprint (and handprint!) crafts. They're perfect for whiling away a rainy or school holiday afternoon.

By Hannah Terry-Whyte
Hand, finger, and thumbprint crafts

Hand, hand, finger, thumb print crafts

Handprint and fingerprint fun

Elephants and tutus, monsters and ladybugs, and even a homemade necklace: Who knew handprint and fingerprint craft could open such a world of creative possibility?

Grab your kids and some paint, and an afternoon of fun awaits.

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: aldomurillo/iStockphoto

Monsters

Craft-time will quickly become giggle-time while making these handprint monsters. Best of all, the monsters look even wackier when the handprints aren't perfect, making this the perfect option for wriggly kids!

Get the craft here: Meet The Dubiens

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Meet The Dubiens

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Ladybug

Fill an afternoon of thumbprint craft by creating this ladybug poster complete with spots, dots and cotton wool clouds.

 Get the craft here: Kaboose

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Amanda Formaro/Kaboose

Penguin

Sure, penguins may not really have four legs, but who's counting? We love the creativity (and simplicity) of this print craft.

Here's an idea: make your whole day Penguin-themed by also watching a Happy Feet movie and enjoying a frozen treat with your kids!

Get the craft here: Learn Create Love

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Learn Create Love

Frog

Ribbet! Ribbet! Have you ever seen a friendlier-looking frog?

Make sure mom or dad help with cutting out the handprints for younger kids. Safety first when it comes to scissors.

Get the craft here: Handprint & Footprint Art

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Handprint & Footprint Art

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Ballerina

For the budding ballerina in your house, try this gorgeous handprint ballet tutu craft project. Your little girl (or boy) will surely pirouette with joy.

Get the craft here: The Nature of Grace

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Cobblestone Lane Photography and The Nature of Grace

Fishbowl

Don't want to risk the potential mess of painting your kid's entire hand with paint? Try this gorgeous and colourful fishbowl thumbprint craft instead.

Get the craft here: Meet The Dubiens

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Meet The Dubiens

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

"On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie..." - The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.

We probably shouldn't eat like The Very Hungry Caterpillar every day, but we can use our hands and fingers to paint a picture of him!

Get the craft here: Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

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Owl

Your kids will have fun seeing their hands turned into wings. Younger kids can make a simpler version of this owl, while older artists can have fun choosing different patterns to decorate their bird with.

Get the craft here: I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Dinosaur

By painting just your little one's palm, thumb and pinky, you have the foundation for an awesome dinosaur picture (make sure to pick up some googly eyes at the shops, too).

ROAR!!

Get the craft here: Red Ted Art

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Red Ted Art

Necklace

For something a little more lasting than paint on paper, try making a one-of-a-kind fingerprint necklace from clay and your child's fingerprint. In fact, you could make "Mommy's/Daddy's fingerprint" necklaces too, and then everyone will have a piece of jewelry that reflects your love for each other.

Get the craft here: Regina Ann Designs

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: Regina Ann Designs

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Elephant

This handprint elephant craft is so simple, yet so adorable, that you might find yourself creating an entire parade of pachyderms.

Get the craft here: itmom

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: itmom

Fun button crafts

Hand, finger, and thumbprint craftsPhoto: MivPiv/iStockphoto
This article was originally published on Mar 12, 2013

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