Every December, we want to keep the memory of our children as they grow through each holiday season. This is a sweet little project similar to the Thanksgiving standard handprint turkey except let’s use a footprint this time. Teachers and parents alike will find this project easy to do (and easy on the pocket as well.) Little children will enjoy it immensely. Be sure to get the kids in their art frocks (that oversized shirt stained from art projects past) and parents, grab your egg nog, because it’s going to be a happy mess. Get crafting.
What you need:
White paper plate (size depending on your kids’ foot size)
Finger paint, embellishments (glitter, etc.)
Empty toilet paper roll (optional)
Empty cereal box
Lay out your choice of colors on a separate paper plate as on a palette. Let your child paint another paper plate with a brush or their hand. Double up on the plate if it’s the thin kind. Let dry.
If you have a toddler, now’s the time to go catch him/her. Try to get another adult’s help with this next step if your baby is too wiggly. You can also wait until the baby is sleeping.
Open and layout a cereal box. On the inside face of the box, trace your child’s foot with a pencil. Trim to shape. For the eyes, select buttons that look to scale. Glue down on the foot cut-out, with the heel pointing down. Next, choose and trim the twigs to form antlers and glue along the top. The reindeer should be recognizable at this point. Have your child color a cotton ball with red paint for the nose and let dry. Generously apply glue and give Rudy that nose already. Let dry.
Attach the finished ‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’ face onto your child’s painted paper plate. You can raise it off the plate to create a more three dimensional effect by mounting it on an empty toilet paper roll. Trim an empty roll crosswise to a 1/2″-3/4″ height. Glue on the back of the reindeer shape. Once dry, apply glue to the other end of the tube and stick on the plate.
Embellish finished plate with a bow around Rudy’s neck, glitter or mini candy canes around the rim of the plate. You can also fluff and separate some white cotton and glue around the base for snow. Hang it proudly on the window for everyone to see.
You can also make 2 reindeer faces from a pair of cut-outs and decorate them as Rudy and Clarice from the classic animated movie. Just swap out the twigs for a bow on Clarice. Poke a small hole on the top and hang on the tree with ornament wire. Either way, be sure to date the ornament on the back.
Make time to let your kids see Trail of Lights in Zilker park this year, from December 16th to Dec 23rd. Admission is free and there will be lots of holiday themed activities for everyone to enjoy. Click here for everything Trail of Lights: how to get there, trail maps, shop ToL merch, and most especially, donate.
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