Seeing all the beautiful handprint art on Pinterest and can’t figure out how other moms get their babies or toddlers to cooperate? 

Frustrated when you want to create something for the family and your child just won’t participate?

You’re not alone. 

Often the instructions tell you how to decorate the art, but don’t go into detail on how to actually get that perfect elusive handprint.  

Of course not all babies or toddlers are the same, so one trick won’t work for all, so I’ve created a list of 7 Simple Tricks to getting that perfect handprint for their masterpiece. 

    

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1. Start With Footprints

The younger your child, the harder handprints are. Babies naturally clench their hands and to separate them, paint and lay flat is really tricky.  

So start with their feet and get them used to “Art time”.

2.  Use distraction

If you’re after a keepsake or gift rather then an art activity, then set up your child in their high chair with some favorite or new toys. Then quickly paint and stamp before they know it.

3.  Monkey see, monkey do

Paint your hand first and let your little one see you make your handprint first.  

Toddlers are little copycats so may happily paint their hands afterwards

4.  Make it fun

Sing a silly song.  Tell them how pretty or cool their hands look. Use their favorite colors.

5.  Keep trying

They may not love it at first, but eventually doing art with their hands will be comfortable and fun.  Start back at number 1 and try again.  

6.  Have the right tools

Dress them up in a fun art smock like this one and they may be more into painting their hands.  Fun paintbrushes or paints could also help.

Check these one out:

 

If all else fails, 

7.  Cheat

Some of my most treasured art from my daughter’s early years are ones that were “fixed” with a little help from my pinkie finger.  I think they are just as special, if not more.

Conclusion – Getting the perfect handprint

Pinterest is a blessing and a curse for us moms.  We get inspired, but we also doubt ourselves or worse – our children. 

Above all else we must remember that they are still little. 

If they don’t cooperate some days and we get smudged works of arts – so be it. 

But hopefully some of the tips below get you more wins in your crafting future. Good luck mama!

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