Each month, I like to have my students make a piece of hand print art. At the end of the school year, Mary Poppins and I use their hand prints as part of their “preschool portfolio“. In the past, I’ve done shamrock hand prints, leprechaun hand prints, and bunny hand prints. This year, I wanted to try something different, which is how this Easter art activity was born. I feel like there should be some dramatic music inserted at this point.
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A simple, but fun, Easter art activity for the kiddos
I mixed up some pastel colors — pink, light purple, light yellow, and light blue. Some of the children were interested in how I created the pastel paints, which led to a quick color mixing lesson. We talked about how mixing white with other colors creates pastels. Some decided to help create the pastels, while others preferred to watch.
Once the paints were ready, I called the children over one at a time. I painted the palm of their hands, as well as four fingers, but not their thumbs. This gave the illusion of an egg shape.
After the main hand print dried, I let the boys and girls use paint brushes to decorate their “Easter eggs”. They seemed to enjoy painting various designs on eggs. While they were decorating their hand prints, we had a nice discussion about colors and patterns.
I think these hand prints turned out very well, if I do say so myself. Later on this month, Mary Poppins and I will take pictures of the students during our Easter celebration. I’ll also have them write about their hand print, with me there to help of course. I’ll put the picture, the writing sample, and the hand print onto a large piece of construction paper and laminate everything. That will give us March’s page of the students’ preschool portfolios.
What fun Easter art activities and projects are you doing for Easter this year? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!