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Fingerprint Trees Project

Artists use their hands and fingers -- literally! -- to make one-of-a-kind, keep sake art. This project is perfect for younger artists: an adult can trace their hand and arm, with the child painting in the "trunk" and adding "leaves" by dipping fingers in paint.

Materials needed: Acrylic paints, 8.5 x 11" thick white paper (or larger/smaller) Optional: Oil pastels, colored pencils, crayons, stamps.

Simplify: Have adults trace younger artist's hands. For a quicker and less "messy" project have young artists use Q-tips, eraser heads, or corks instead of fingertips // Elevate: older artists add shapes, doodles, details with a fine brush, collaged bits.

Idea: a parent and child can create a collaborative piece of art using both of their hands (see below) or multiple family members could create a "forest" of trees.

Conversation starters: "Do you want the tree to be tall or small?" and place the child's hand and arm higher or lower on the paper accordingly. "Do you want the tree to be full or not so full?" have the child spread his or her fingers or keep them close together accordingly. Lastly: "What time of year is it?" and choose your colors that way.