How To Make a Fingerprint Tree

Young children are always very willing to work on arts and crafts projects, and it's a great way to keep them busy and entertained - and out of trouble!  A fingerprint tree is an excellent way to combine learning with crafts and paint, activities that any child should be excited to participate in.

To get started, you'll need to gather supplies - newspaper, finger-paints, plain white paper, water and paper towels - or wet wipes - and something to cover the child with.  Small children can often be messy, so there's a good chance more paint might end up on the artist than the paper.  To remedy the potential mess, you might want to pin a plastic bag to their clothes, or put them in an apron or smock.  Now that your supplies are gathered, it's time to create a masterpiece.

  1. First, spread the newspaper out over the surface you'll be painting on.  This ensures a clean work area that will catch drips and spills, and it makes for easy cleanup later. 
  2. Next, put the white paper down on the newspaper - this is your canvas for the artwork. 
  3. With brown finger-paint, cover your wrist and palm (or the child's) with brown paint and press palm-side down onto the paper.  This serves as the trunk and branches of the tree.  Make sure to immediately wash off the paint with the water and paper towels, or wet wipes, otherwise there will be a bigger mess to clean off later.
  4. Next, it's time to make the leaves for your tree.  With clean fingertips, dip your fingers in different colored paints that will represent tree colors - green, brown, orange, red, yellow, etc.  Or, make a complete unique tree with colors of your choice. 
  5. Press the fingertips down on the paper at the tip of the branches, and repeat all around the paper until all the leaves you'd like are formed.  
  6. Wipe off excess paint on your fingers immediately, just like the wrist and palm.

You know have fingerprint leaves and a wrist/palm tree trunk.  If you'd like to add grass, dip your fingers in green paint and dot them along the bottom of the paper.  If flowers seem to be necessary, use the paint to sketch flowers of your choice.  Should there be birds flying in the background, or fruit dropping from the trees?  Your fingerprint tree can be anything you choose!


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