Inside: Use these Halloween Handprints kindness Crafts as a way to celebrate Halloween and spread some kindness in your community.
Every October I dig out my Halloween boxes and bins and decorate my home because I love everything about Halloween. And one of my favorite ways to decorate for the holiday is by hanging up Halloween 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 Halloween as a way to spread kindness, we can make these Halloween 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 Halloween.
How to Make the Halloween 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.
- Bat (black)
- Witch’s broom (brown or brown and yellow)
- Pumpkin (orange)
- Frankenstein (green)
- Owl (brown)
- Spider (black or brown)*
- Cat (black)
- Mummy (red or your choice)
- Ghost (white or gray)
*For the spider, make sure to not paint the children’s thumbs so the spider only has 8 legs.
6. Allow for the art to dry completely.
Attach the art to construction paper to create a backing/frame to make the art sturdier.
7. Donate the art to spread kindness (ideas are below!)
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How to Use the Halloween Handprints Craft 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 Halloween/fall 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 Halloween, you can take down most of the art but leave up the owl and pumpkin to celebrate the rest of fall.
5. You can go pick up the kindness Halloween art and send it home with students if you’re a teacher or you can leave it for the facility to use again next fall.