The Best Excuse for Not Cleaning: Preserving Kid’s Handprints
Kid Handprint Art – Perfect Homemade Gift!
I had this moment of sentimentality the other day as I was cleaning the mirrors in our bathroom. Though not a household job that ordinarily brings me to nostalgia, wiping little handprints from the glass actually made me tear up. Did I really want to make those handprints disappear? There are only little for such a short period of time, after all.
I put down my cleaning products (not such a sacrifice) and decided that it was time to get messy. My kids thought the lottery winnings were theirs, as they heard me initiate the idea to paint their hands and let them print all over large sheets of flipchart paper.
Once we got over the initial fun of wild hand-painting (the only thing more fun than mere finger-painting!), the kids got serious about design issues. My four-year old used alternating purple, red, orange and yellow handprints overtop of a hand-drawn vase, to create a bouquet of “flowers.” My seven-year old drew grass all around her sets of multi-colored handprints and titled her masterpiece, “The Hand Garden.”
After witnessing these works of art, I had the greatest idea. The holidays are coming and wouldn’t these handmade pieces be great as gift for family? The children loved the idea of being able to make their own gifts. Gifts straight from their little hands to the recipient.
To top it off, I also have two frame-able, keep-forever pieces of art featuring those sweet little prints that I really do want to keep around forever. Just in case, I still have a few on my bathroom mirrors too!
By Signe Whitson, LSW. As a mother of two little girls and working as a therapist for children, she has gained a wealth of knowledge for families. She has been featured on Psychology Today and co-authored a book “The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools and Workplaces.”