Since the weather has turned cold here in Drumlithie, we thought it was the perfect time to start working on the first of our Christmas crafts. These snowmen made from thumb and finger prints are suitable for any age group. Little fingers tend to enjoy being dipped in paint. This activity is good for strengthening fine motor skills by working with index fingers and thumbs independently.
you will need;
white poster paint (or any thick paint such as acrylic or gouache)
a selection of pens and coloured pencils
string for securing gift tags
We used empty Play-Doh pot lids to contain the paint. We also worked on black and blue paper, but brown paper would look even better!
Children ‘build’ their snowmen by using thumb prints for the bodies and their index fingers to print the heads. Little fingers (and arms and shoulders) can find it difficult to achieve the angle they need, so it might be easier to allow children so stand at the table rather than sit down.
I demonstrated the process by creating a series of thumb prints- the tummies, then popping the heads on top. However, when my children did this, they both forgot to leave space for heads! I recommend getting them to make each individual snowman before moving on to the next.
Leave to dry. (The hard bit!)
Then the fun starts! Using a black pen, create the snowmen’s expressions by adding eyes, buttons and arms. We also gave our guys carrot noses (orange pencil) and scarves (felt pens). The beauty of this project is that children learn how placement of eyes and noses can determine the direction that their snowmen are facing. So they can have little imaginary conversations with each other. Magic!
The finished creations can be used on their own as works of art, folded to create Christmas cards, or cut up to make cool gift tags. (I used small brown envelopes for the tags- see how good they look on brown!)