It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn into keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration.
This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone.
I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at-home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft on their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts.
As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the Christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a Christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the "string" line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.
Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself!