Inside: Use these Christmas handprint kindness Crafts as a way to celebrate Christmas and spread some kindness in your community.
Every December I dig out my Christmas and Hanukkah boxes and bins and decorate my home because I love everything about the December holidays. And one of my favorite ways to decorate for the holiday is by hanging up Christmas and Hanukkah art projects my kids have made over the year all over my kitchen cabinets.
It brings me so much joy to look at their creations all month long.
But not everyone is as lucky to have kid creations at their fingertips to decorate with. And so many clinical places in our community like nursing homes, mental hospitals, hospitals, and retirement communities have bare walls.
So for this December as a way to spread kindness, we can make these Christmas Handprints Crafts with our kids and/or our students and then hang them up in community areas that need a little more cheer and holiday spirit. And what a sweet way to spread kindness.
The residents or patients will enjoy the crafts as they get ready for Christmas and winter.
More Christmas Kindness Ideas:
How to Make the Christmas Handprints Craft
1. Download the free printable templates (download below).
2. Print out the handprint templates you wish to use on cardstock or construction paper (pages 4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18, or 20).
3. Encourage children to color in the words and color in the pictures on the template.
4. Allow them to sign, trace or copy their first name only to the page.
5. Paint their hand(s) the color for the craft you’re doing and apply their handprint in the correct spot.
- tree (green)
- Santa (grey or off white)
- penguins* (black)
- gnomes (grey)
- reindeer (brown)
- angel (blue or grey)
- snowman (off white, or grey) or print on blue paper and use white paint
- holly (green)
- mistletoe (green)
*For the penguins, make sure to spread their thumb and pinky out to look like wings.
6. Allow for the art to dry completely.
7. Add elements to the art as needed:
- tree: finger paint dots for Christmas lights
- snowman: add eyes, carrot nose and hat (draw, paint, or construction paper shapes)
- reindeer: add eyes and red or black nose and hooves (draw, paint, or construction paper shapes)
8. Attach the art to construction paper to create a backing/frame to make the art sturdier.
9. Donate the art to spread kindness (ideas are below!)
Want more Winter Crafts?
How to Use the Christmas Handprints Crafts to Spread Kindness
1. Contact your local nursing home, retirement home, VA hospital, children’s hospital, or mental health facility and ask if you can bring by Christmas/winter art to decorate the waiting rooms/ cafeteria/ hallways/ patient doors, etc. to spread a little kindness and cheer and color!
2. Drop off the art at the front desk or hang the art for them with painter’s tape.
3. Take pictures to show your children their artwork hanging up!
4. After December, you can take down most of the art but leave up the penguins and snowmen to celebrate the rest of winter.
5. You can pick up the kindness Christmas art and send it home with students if you’re a teacher or you can leave it for the facility to use again next winter.