Monday, May 18, 2015

20+ Fun Fingerprint Craft & Activity Ideas

This month we've discovered the fun of fingerprint art! Mostly we've been using it to create a variety of thank you cards, but we're feeling inspired to try some other fingerprint arts and crafts.

We've rounded up some of the fun ideas we've found, who knows which one we'll try next!

For our fingerprint art and cards, we've been using a set of small, colorful ink pads. Our set is not easily washable, so we're careful when we use them. We also keep baby wipes on hand to clean fingertips in between colors.

Big Brother has been having a lot of fun experimenting with what designs to create on top of his fingerprints. He uses either a fine tipped permanent marker or thin washable marker. 

Some of his favorites include turning the prints into flowers and insects, but he was also pretty proud of one chameleon. 

I've enjoyed how easy it was to turn these pictures into simple thank you cards for his birthday gifts. We also used them to make teacher appreciation cards.  We just made sure we created our work on white card stock to make them a little more stiff. 

Now that we've started playing with fingerprints in our art work, we're excited to try some other fun fingerprint arts and crafts. Check out some of these great posts with other fun fingerprint ideas!

Fingerprint in Ink Ideas

These awesome fingerprint comics from Fireflies + Mudpies caught my eye last year, and I can't wait to try them sometime soon with Big Brother. 

I Can Teach My Child has a sweet idea for creating a fingerprint "I Love You Book." 

Last year we made these Thank You Tree fingerprint bookmarks for Big Brother's teachers. 

Tinkerlab had the great idea of using liquid watercolor ink to create fun spiders, which meant it was not as messy as our inks I'm sure!

Fingerprint Painting Ideas

These fingerprint hydrangeas on canvas from Arts and Crackers would look beautiful hanging on a living room or bedroom wall!

Simple Fun for Kids has a really neat watercolor process for creating a spider web, and they added fingerprint spiders at the end!

Messy Little Monster put together these really cute tea pot cards which can be painted with fingerprints and given to someone who deserves a nice cup of tea!

How fun are these fingerprint carrots for a spring card or a gardening project from Crafty Morning? 

Love minions? Use your fingerprints to create a minion card just like they did over at the Here Come the Girls Blog.  

Creative Family Fun kept it simple with their Easy Fingerprint Strawberries, using fingerprints as a way to make the seeds. 

Crafty Morning turned their fingerprint paintings into dandelions with a sweet message for daddies, mommies, or teachers. 

Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails turned their fingerprints into penguins!

I've used this cute idea for Fingerprint Christmas Lights from Crafty Morning in the classroom and my students loved it. 

Fingerprint in Clay Ideas

Mama Papa Bubba used baking soda clay to make simple and beautiful heart ornaments using fingerprints. 

Messy Little Monster also baked their thumbprints in salt dough, and then painted them into fun little people in order to create "thumb body loves you" magnets.

Messy Little Monster has a great post for using colored salt dough to make fingerprint heart magnets.

Meaninful Mama created fingerprint flowers using salt dough. They look like they could easily become necklaces. 

Fingerprint Science can also be fun!
Checkout this cool fingerprint science activity from KCEdventures. 

We'd love to hear from you if you try one of these fun ideas! 

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