Heartfelt Handprints

Paige LeoActivities for children with special needs, Arts & CraftLeave a Comment

Projects using handprints can yield personal and precious art pieces that make touching presents. A person with special needs who is non-verbal can offer these as gifts to express his sentiments about a celebration or a difficult time. Art Educator Rebecca Engelman’s I Give You My Heart activity, featured on KinderArt.com, will ensure a year’s supply for various occasions, in a jiffy!


Objectives:

  • Learn to trace and cut out shapes
  • Understand and using the concept repeating patterns

Benefits:

  • Develop fine motor skills by tracing, colouring, cutting, pasting
  • Learn about shapes, size and matching colours
  • Create unique handmade presents to express joy or mourning alongside friends and family

Materials:

  • Construction paper to make hearts (choose warm colours that match: pink and purple, red/yellow and orange)
  • Beige construction paper to make hands
  • Construction paper to mount the hearts and hands (choose colours to match/complement hearts)
  • Pencils
  • Oil Pastels
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Heart Template (large and small) 

Substitute the hearts with a motif that befits the occasion: candles, flowers, or a ketupat. 

Photo credit: KinderArt.com

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