Simple Thanksgiving Turkey Handprint Canvas Kids Craft

Chandler & Cal are at the age where I would like to do a few handprint crafts with them while they're little.  I love to decorate my house for fall, so I thought it'd be fun to make a Thanksgiving handprint craft.

These were super simple to make.

Crayola Washable Paint
Panels of canvas
Paint brush

Optional Supplies:
Blank Cards
Google Eyes
Construction Paper

First - mentally prepare yourself.  :)

This will be a bit messy, but the paint is washable so it all cleans up great.

I put out a melamine plate, and put a few dollops of primary colors on the plate.  I also had brown, but found that when the primary colors are applied to the child's hand, they naturally mix and you'll get shades of brown without actually having to use brown.

 I painted Chandler's hand in layers - on the lower part of his palm, I'd paint one color (like blue or green), then paint the top of his palm, then the lower third of his fingers a different color (like orange), then the middle of his fingers, and then the tips a bright color like red, blue or yellow.

You'll want to use quite a bit of paint so that the colors really transfer to the canvas.

Then I just held his hand out, and pressed it down on the canvas.  Hold it still, and lightly press all over including the palm.

I hadn't done anything like this before, so I practiced a few times with Chandler on construction paper to get the look I was going for. The construction paper also gave Chandler something to do while I was getting canvases ready.

The great thing is - you're using washable paints, so if you do the handprint on the canvas and don't like it....just wash it off with a damp washcloth or paper towel and start over.  The same goes for if your child reaches out to touch the canvas before you're ready and leaves a fingerprint or smudge....just wipe it away!   There really isn't a whole lot of risk here.

Chandler was having a great time, so we broke out a few blank notecards I had and did some handprints on those.  They just went in the mail with a quick "Happy Thanksgiving" note inside to family members.

Fun right?

(Later on, I added a little google eye on the thumb part, and called it a day.)

When you're done, just wash everything up and you have a cute craft to display!

Honestly, I was surprised how well Chandler (22 months) did with was not nearly as stressful as I thought it would be.

Just be sure to have a wet washcloth ready!

And remember - you're not painting the Mona Lisa. 
The whole point is to capture your child as that - a child. 
 It doesn't have to be perfect!


I also made the below a few days later with Chan....same concept, paint the hand in layers and press on the canvas in an arch.  Wait for the handprints to dry, then paint their hand or foot all brown and make the turkey's face and neck.  Glue a few google eyes on, and cut out a triangle construction paper beak and gobble and glue on and you're set!  I used spray glue for the face pieces, and a Sharpie to write the "Happy Thanksgiving", although I wish I would have traced it in pencil first.

I used the same Sharpie to write Chandler's name and the year on the side of the canvas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you Gobble 'Til You Wobble!


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