Happy Animal Handprints

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Drawing animal handprints is an interactive activity that can keep you and your special needs child occupied for hours. Never underestimate the power of touch and how it can help the both of you bond as you gently guide his hands and trace its outlines.

The added beauty of the art pieces –a part of your child (the outline of his hand or fingers) is captured in the creation to be cherished for years to come.

Most people are familiar with coming up with animal shapes using the outline of the palm. But, there are many other ways to use handprints. Try out this activity on how to draw a snail with the outline of a fist and thumb. Visit How to Draw Animals with Hands on Hellokids.com for more ideas.


  • Bond over the creation of quirky images
  • Learn to see things from a different angle


  • Develop fine motor skills by changing the position of the hands and fingers, as well as tracing, colouring, cutting and pasting


  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Colour pencils
  • Googly eyes/buttons

Here’s how:

  1. Make a fist with one hand and stick out the thumb. Trace the outline (see photo).
  2. The outline of the thumb will be the snail’s head. Add in eyes (draw, paste googly eyes or buttons). Draw sticks/stems to link the eyes above the snail’s head. Give the snail a smile.
  3. Draw a tail at the other end. Add a spiral pattern in the ‘fist’ to represent the shell (see photo).
  4. Colour the snail and its surroundings.

For additional drawings using handprints, visit the following webpages:

Photo credit: HelloKids.com


How to Draw Animals with Hands retrieved 10 January 2018

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