Yesterday, we made a handprint Christmas tree. Today, we made fingerprint Christmas lights to go along with it! These lights turned out really cute, but honestly, not canvas worthy. Sometimes (like yesterday), you control your children’s craft project. You hold their hand, place it exactly where you want it, and everything turns out great. Other times (like today), you give them a general idea of how the project should look, then let them go. These fingerprint lights definitely don’t look like the Pinterest version, but they do look cute and when I look at them, I can see the fine motor skill development of each of the girls clearly. I love being able to do that and look back on it in the future.
How to make Fingerprint Christmas Lights
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Project time: ~20 minutes
Project cost: $ Low
Parental involvement: Medium
Inspiration: Fingerprint Christmas Light Craft for Kids from Crafty Morning
- Paper (I used watercolor paper, but even just printer paper would work fine)
- Black sharpie
- Paints in bright colors (I used red, yellow, green, orange, and blue)
- Use the black sharpie to draw a swirly line on the paper. Put little “light sockets” (black dots or boxes) along the line.
Step by step instructions:
- Show your kids where they should be putting the fingerprint Christmas lights. Demonstrate one or two so they understand that they go on the black dots. Then let them go!
It’s interesting to watch the different ways that children do these projects. H was very careful to use a different finger for each color since I’d mentioned that lights aren’t multi-colored. She also went from right to left, putting a dot on each “light socket”.
M on the other hand used one finger for the entire project. She’d dip it in the paint and then make dots until it ran out of paint. She started out putting lights in the sockets, but then went on to put lights EVERYWHERE!
She was “done” quickly, but I reminded her to try to put a light on every black dot and she went back and finished. Both girls loved this project even though they both did it differently.
If you decide to make these fingerprint Christmas Lights with your child, be sure to come back and tell me about it! Take pictures and share them on my Facebook sharing post! I’d love to see what you and your little ones are making together!
This post is part of my 31 Days of Easy Crafts for Kids series. Be sure to check out the rest of the crafts I’m doing this month!