Handprint Doily Fine Motor Craft for Kids

Kids love making handprint crafts, especially for special occasions like Mother's Day or Valentine's Day. But making handprints is an activity kids can do any day of the week, just for sensory and creative fun! This simple handprint painting activity has beautiful results that kids - and grownups - will love.

Handprint doily kids' craft for Mother's Day or any day - Preschool Toolkit

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What makes handprints so much fun for kids to make? Is it the feel of the paint on their hands? Is it the excitement of seeing a part of themselves take shape on a canvas? Or is it the fun of sharing a special keepsake with a grownup? It's probably a combination of all of these.

Handprints are a fun way for kids to explore painting activities and crafts hands-on. Painting and tracing hands, finger painting, and pressing hands in play dough, all provide excellent opportunities to engage fine motor and creative skills, while strengthening fingers and hands. 


Supplies for handprint doily craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit


This activity requires few materials and can be adjusted to suit the supplies you have on hand. We used silk ribbon but gift wrap ribbon could work as well. We used a large 10 inch (25 cm) doily but a smaller one would be fine!

  • paper doilies
  • narrow ribbon
  • washable paint


Handprint doily painting and lacing activity for kids - Preschool Toolkit


1. Press your child's hand in paint in a tray, or spread paint on the palm and fingers with a paint brush, to cover the hand completely.

2. Press the painted hand onto the center of the doily.

3. Make thumbprints or fingerprints around the perimeter of the doily.

4. Let dry.

5. Lace narrow ribbon through the holes in the doily. You can make holes larger with a hole punch so lacing is easier for young children.


 Handprint doily kids' painting activity- Preschool Toolkit


Help you child tie a bow once the ribbon has been looped through the holes. Leave a little slack at the top for a hanger if possible, or simply add another piece of ribbon with tape.

Be creative with paint colors and ribbons. How about something green for St. Patrick's Day?

This simple handprint activity makes a perfect gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion!


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