Christmas Handprint Craft
Christmas handprint crafts are easy and fun to make! This version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is easier for the youngest to make with a little help from grandma or grandpa. This Christmas handprint craft can be made to hang as a decoration or placed on a larger sheet of paper and laminated to be used as a Christmas placemat. Make one for each Christmas dinner guest, too!
All you need to do is to first trace your grandchild’s hands on dark brown paper (antlers) and cut out. Next draw a triangle on light brown paper and cut that out for Rudolph’s head from. Next, talk about circles as you draw and cut two medium sized beige, two smaller black and one large red circle for Rudolph’s eyes and nose. This activity helps your young grandchild develop communication and gross motor skills, learn about shapes, colors, and reindeer while having a fun time with you.
- light brown paper
- dark brown paper
- white paper
- black paper
- red paper
- glue stick
- red ribbon for hanging
Place the supplies on a work area that is comfortable for your young helper and…
- Decide together where you will glue Rudolph’s antlers, eyes, and nose – it will help younger children if they have a picture to help guide them.
- Adhere glue to the back of each piece as you use them. You can assist by pointing to where the child can place the glue using a glue stick and let her do it – or gently put your hand over hers to guide small circles or streaks.
- Talk about what each piece is called, its shape, its color, and where it should go on Rudolph’s head.
- When ready, have the child pick up the piece and place on the brown triangle and press down.
- Continue until Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is complete!
Attach red ribbon and hang Rudolph in a very special place so that all can admire. Don’t forget to write both your names and the date on the back and add a favorite handprint poem, too. Every grandparent I know loves handprint gifts with a handprint poem written on the back.
When you are done, snuggle up with some cookies and milk while you read Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer together – or watch the animated movie. Merry Christmas!