Earlier this week I sent a picture out of a pile of brown handprints on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, asking if anyone could guess what we were making this week. We had plenty of guesses from reindeer, to wreaths to squirrels (and everything inbetween!). I know I have given it away by the title of the post but would you have guessed?
Here is my step by step by step guide on how to, and how NOT to make handprint hedgehogs:
Hedgehog Handprint Craft
What you will need:
Brown paint (a child friendly version!)
Brown pencil/crayon/felt pen to colour the face
Black pencil/crayon/felt pen for the details
Use the brown paint to make lot’s of handprints on white paper. If your child can’t tolerate the feel or mess of paint these look just as good if you draw around their hands which either they can colour in, or you could use brown paper.
Now we had a little bit of a mishap with the painting side of things. You know how in my sensory play posts about edible sand and waterbeads I say that I use edible ingredients due to the fact that O is always putting things in his mouth? Yeah, well I completely disregarded my own advice as the only paint I currently have in the house is acrylic paint and I really NEEDED to make this hedghog!
So what started off as my bright idea to do a bit of impromptu crafting ended, for the day, in O dipping his finger into a huge blob of paint, saying di,di,di as he does when he’s dipping his food in sauce/my cup of tea/anything wet and before I could stop him shoved the blob right in his mouth. He looked shock for half a second then screwed up his face, shuddered and promptly threw up, so I’m guessing acrylic paint isn’t the tastiest around!
After a nice drink and a really long bath to wash away the paint, inside and out, he was feeling just fine. I don’t think he actually swallowed any but I checked just in case and apparently the most he would have had was a bit of an upset tummy, which he didn’t, so at least I didn’t inadvertently poison my youngest child for the sake of a handprint hedgehog anyway!
Draw and cut out the body.
The next day, I drew the body of the hedgehog on a piece of card, it is sort of a half teardrop, I originally made the body quite fat but didn’t have enough handprints to fill so shortened it. If you have lots of handprints you can make it as big as you like:
Get your little one to colour in at least the face of the hedgehog:
What made me laugh about this was that O found the Sylvanian Families hedgehog just as I was cutting out the card. He held onto her the entire time he was colouring and she even had a kiss for her big, flat cousin:
Draw the eye on the face, colour the nose and feet.
Position your handprints over the body and stick them down with glue.
Position your lovely finished hedgehog near some autumn decorations, that you just happen to have laying around the house and enjoy! Yes I admit it, I bought those mini squashes purely so I could take pictures like this!
And this one:
These are crafts we have made in baby and toddler group over the last few weeks, my favourite has to be the autumn sun catcher, it really does look lovely hanging in the window.
So those are my step by step instructions to make a hedgehog handprint craft. If you do make one with your own kids, I’d love to see them you can send them to me on any of my social media links (over there and near the top —–>)