Do you need a last minute Christmas craft or card idea? I happen to think these are the cutest little cards ever, probably mostly because they’re my two year old’s hand prints, but it was still a lot of fun and totally worth the mess.
So have yourself a “monkey” little Christmas . . .
and a Happy Narwahl!
Ok, so the narwahl looks a bit more like a bird, but you have to be a bit flexible with handprint art.
This actually came from an alphabet book we’re working on.
An idea we “borrowed” from the Red Ted Art blog which is like the best blog to follow if you have preschoolers. She does everything I wish I did. And I blame her for all the half finished projects we’ve started because I get all inspired, but my follow through isn’t all that great.
So anyway, “M” was for monkey and “N” was for narwahl. And that was all we needed to decide little handprint Christmas cards would be The. Cutest. Thing. Ever.
And then you can wish everyone A very monkey Christmas . . . and a Happy Narwahl!
And have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the season:
We wish you a monkey Christmas
We wish you a monkey Christmas
We wish you a monkey Christmas and a Happy Narwahl!
Good tidings we bring
To you and your zoo
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy Narwahl!
The steps are pretty obvious, but here they are, anyway.
1. Gather supplies. You’ll need brown paint, blue paint, white paint, a paint brush, blank cards or card stock and diaper wipes (the best cleaning supply ever).
2. Write “Have a very monkey Christmas” on the front of the card and “and a Happy Narwahl” on the inside.
3. Turn the card upside down to do the monkey. Older children will try to turn it right side up again so make sure you pay attention. Otherwise you get upside down monkeys. We have a lot of upside down elephants in our alphabet book for this reason.
4. Paint your child’s hand brown, encourage them to splay their fingers, and splat it down on the card, pressing firmly. Then a little paint on the finger should make a wiggly tail. Glue on googlie eyes and you’re done. Or you can get some green paint and let them make fingerprint leaves all over the outside of the card because paint is cool and why stop now?
5. The narwahl is a little more involved. Turn the card on its side. If you’re using the left hand, the bottom of the card should be on the left side.
6. Paint the thumb half of the hand blue (minus the thumb). Paint the other half white.
7. Encourage your child to squeeze their fingers together and press firmly on the page.
8. Paint a little stripe for the narwahl’s tusk and add googlie eyes.
9. You can be done here or let them cover the page with fingerprint water drops, because painting is fun and why stop now?
Also, watch out for the two year olds. After doing these, I held Asa’s little hand while I got a diaper wipe to clean his hands. But he REALLY wanted to see what that paint felt like on his face. So while I was occupied trying to free a wipey, he smooshed his face into his hand and rubbed paint all over his face. He was an adorable mess and I totally would have taken a picture except for the the fact that half my front room would have been painted by the time I got a picture.
And it really doesn’t take that long and makes a super cute last minute craft to occupy excited little ones or make some cute handprint Christmas greetings for someone special on your list!