We love fingerprint crafts around our house, and we’ve made lots of them over the past few months. Today, I had visions of red birds on snowy tree limbs when I decided to do this project. The final result doesn’t conjure up the same images of beauty, but I think the activity is still pretty cute.
If you and your preschooler would like to make your own wintery landscape complete with a few cardinals, here’s how.
-one toddler (bed head and frilly apron are totally optional)
-blue construction paper
-white paint (we use Crayola washable paints)
-red ink pad (red paint will work too)
Because Riley is still a scribbler, I drew the tree for her. If you have an older preschooler, I’m sure he would love creating his own tree. After drawing the tree, we used our bright red ink pad (which was 97¢ at Walmart) to place “birds” on our branches. When our cardinals had eyes, beaks, and feet, we added some snow to the bottom of our landscape using white paint. While the paint was still wet, we sprinkled glitter on it for a sparkly effect.
In what I thought was a stroke of genius, I decided to have Riley use a q-tip to dab glue on the paper. She then sprinkled glitter on top in hopes of making it look like snow was falling on our wintry tree. In hindsight, I wish we’d left out that step because the snowflakes just look like wet spots on the paper. Though Riley did enjoy the process of dabbing the glue, sometimes less really is more.