Finally...the second of two promised posts. I must start off by saying this was utterly and completely knocked off of someone else. I did NOT come up with this...it's been a couple years since we started doing these and I don't know the original source...but I'd love to give credit to who it's due, so if you know, leave me a comment.
Without further ado, meet our nativity handprint animals:
The first year we did these, they were our nametags for our Christmas presents. They really spruced up the plain gift-wrapping...but after the gifts were open, I found my mom digging through all the dispersed wrapping paper to retrieve each of the animals, so she could save them.
So...last year, I framed it for her in a 12x12 inch frame. It's now part of her Holiday decor.
These would also make good Christmas cards...whether you handmade each one or did one set and scanned, then printed them out.
What you'll need to make these:
-Construction paper or cardstock
-Paint: brown, white, black, grey, yellow, nude and pink.
-Lots of wipes and paper towels :)
These are pretty simple. Just paint your child's hand and have at it! (We usually had to do a few practice stamps to teach them how to spread their fingers out correctly.) Let them dry completely before trying to paint and draw the details.
For Baby Jesus: paint your child's thumb white for the body and stamp it down. Then, paint your child's index finger nude, for his head and stamp it down on top of the his body. Then, paint the straw and the manger.
I am the camel...who followed the star...with three wise kings...from a land afar.
I am the cow...who offered my hay...so the Savior would have...a warm place to lay.
I am the lamb...who heard angels sing...about where to find...the newborn King!
I am the donkey...meek and mild...who carried Mary...great with child.
If you're counting down with advent activities, do one animal a week. (Or do them all in one night and only clean up ONE mess!)
If you do this, let me know how it goes!!