Make Your Own Fingerprint Charms: a charming art activity for kids
We have a thing for fingerprint, handprint, and footprint art projects. Little kid fingerprints and handprints are just so cute and art projects made with prints look super adorable hanging on the wall. That’s why we like it. The kids like it because it’s a fun sensory activity for them and they love the way the fingerprint charms look when they’re done.
Fingerprint Charms make Awesome Homemade Jewelry and Gifts!
Kids like to make their own gifts for people and don’t we all enjoy the thought of a homemade gift? These Fingerprint charms can be made into necklaces, charm bracelets, ornaments or key chains. Our kids had so much fun making these for other people and they learned a lot about gift giving while they practiced their fine motor skills. It is an absolutely charming activity.
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Target Skills for Our Fingerprint Charms Art Activity:
- Perspective Taking
- Gift giving
- Fine Motor
Materials You Need to Make Fingerprint Charms:
- Self-hardening Dough- we used the Polyform Sculpey Original Polymer Clay, 1.75-Pound, White but you can make your own salt dough: 2 cups of flour or gluten-free flour, 1 cup kosher salt, 1 cup water (hold some back and pour a little at a time until right consistency)
- Clay and Dough Rolling Pin
- We used Letter Stamps (optional)
- Water Color or Water Color Paint Cakes
Instructions on How to Make Our Fingerprint Charms Art Activity:
Roll the dough into small balls
Flatten the balls into circles with the rolling tool; we used a fat pen.
Have the child use their finger to make an imprint of the heart in the dough.
Use the stamps or a sharp tool to imprint your name or special message.
Poke a hole in the charm.
Allow the fingerprint charms to dry in a warm oven. Around 200 degrees farenheit.
Color with the paints.
Put a ribbon, chain, or key chain ring through the hole.
While you are doing this Fingerprint Charms Art Activity talk about how it feels to get presents, how it feels to give presents. Talk about what the person who is getting the gift likes and why you like or love that person.
This Fingerprint Charms Art Activity makes lasting memories and charms that become treasured keepsakes. What other uses can you think of? An identification tag for a dog collar perhaps. Put in on a ring and attach to a child’s jacket zipper or backpack to make it easier to zip. What is your favorite idea on how to use them?
If you enjoy fingerprint art and craft projects as much as we do, you may be interested in exploring more fun and creative ideas.
- Handprint, Fingerprint and Footprint Crafts from DLTK’s Crafts for Kids
- 20 fun fingerprint and thumbprint art ideas
- Thumbprint Valentine
- Christmas & Winter Fingerprint Craft Ideas For Kids