Here is a fun page to print out (use "fit to page" setting). Have the child put their hand where the jellyfish tentacles are and ask them to spread their fingers out. Then put a black marker in their other hand and together, draw around the hand on the paper. Finally colour in.
If you don't mind a little mess, spread out some non toxic poster paint in a lid large enough to fit your child's hand and have them do some hand prints (feet too if you wish!) Have a half filled bucket of water, sponge & an old towel handy for cleanup and don't be surprised if they enjoy the cleanup part with the sponge as much as the printing part!
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You will treasure these prints when they grow bigger. Why not keep an Art & Craft book to stick their activity pages into to keep. My grandchildren love to look through theirs. It becomes a record of early learning and sharing time with you so don't forget to put your own prints in there as well!
Here is a funny one for you to try. If it doesn't work for you, you will have some giggles trying.
We suggest you do it and have your little one copy you.
Put your hands up on either side of your face, level with your eyes
with your first fingers pointing towards each other the way they are shown in this picture.
Have your pointing fingers about 10 cm or 4 inches away from your face.
Now stare straight ahead through the gap between your hands
and very slowly bring your fingers in towards each other until your 2 pointer fingers touch, while you keep staring at something beyond them. Remember the trick is not to look at your fingers but to keep staring past them.
If it works for you, you should see a "floating finger" in the middle that looks like a little sausage!
See if you can do it! Good luck!
Next is an easy finger painting one for tiny tots. Print out the plain outline of the snow leopard. Then mix a small amount of black or dark brown non toxic paint in a saucer or lid. Have the child use one finger to dip into the paint and then add the spots to the leopard. Have a sponge & towel handy for cleanup. When dry, cut out the leopard shape (or help the child if they are old enough to use safety scissors) and paste it onto card or paper with a contrasting colour. I am including 2 year old Kyan's result here at right - although his hands are too small to handle scissors, so I did the cutting out part.
You could use this method to add spots to other pictures as well, like lady-beetles or a doll's dress.
Here are some fun ways to create finger puppets - a handy way to amuse a small child if you are caught waiting somewhere with little with you. Draw a face on your thumb and on the child's thumb (maybe one happy & one sad?). Wrap a tissue or handkerchief around the face and you have a little personality. Use whatever is available.
If you have more resources available, why not create some simple cylinder puppets to slide over a child's pointer finger, adding ears, hats, cotton wool beards etc.
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