Holidays are a whole different kind of fun when you get to experience them with your kids. This holiday season should be especially fun because it will bring several firsts for my daughter. Her first Halloween, her first Thanksgiving, and her first Christmas. I wanted to celebrate by making some fun Halloween crafts using painted hands and feet.
The best thing about working with handprints and footprints is that these crafts will serve as great memories in the future. It’s so hard to believe their little hands and feet were ever that tiny! Children grow so fast, you easily forget!
We decided to use my daughter’s footprints to make little ghosts. My daughter isn’t even six months old. I’ve found that working with feet is much easier than working with hands when it comes to infants. It’s less likely that she’ll try to put her painted foot in her mouth (although she is flexible enough to do so)!
Use a small paint brush to get an even, thin coat on the foot. Then, press away! We drew little faces on her footprints to make the ghosts, and we put the date to mark her first Halloween.
Next, we decided to make some bat hands with my toddler. Doing anything creative or messy with a toddler can be risky, but it is so much fun. He looked at us like we were crazy as we were painting his hands!
To make life easier, we still placed his hands one at a time. We just tried to angle them close enough together to keep the bat form. After we washed his hand (please, do this as soon as possible), my husband painted a thin line between the thumbs to bring the two handprints together. Voila, a Halloween bat! I added a little saying to go along with the picture and fill up the blank space.
My children are still very young, but I try to involve them in my crafts as much as possible. Sometimes I just give my son some crayons and paper to color with as I’m working on other projects. I hope this will help them build a foundation for creativity in the future. These will be great decorations to pull out year after year.
Let’s talk! Any kid-friendly Halloween craft ideas?