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My boys are at an age where they aren’t big on doing pink heart Valentine’s Day crafts anymore (insert mama sob here). They do still enjoy crafts so I wanted to do something with them they would like and be enthusiastic about. They are Pokemon obsessed right now so a little Pikachu seemed appropriate.
I’m sucker for handprint crafts and keep pretty much every single one they do. This one would make cute Valentine’s Day gifts for grandparents especially if they live far away.
Pokemon Handprint Craft Instructions:
Step 1: Paint Hand
Paint your child’s palm and fingers. ONLY paint their index and pinky finger to avoid an extra mess. Bigger kids can do this themselves but I recommend helping little ones.
Step 2: Press Hand Onto Paper
Again, this is a step big kids can do on their own. You may want to help little ones to center it on the paper. I like to rub their hand a bit to get a good impression. If you have some spots that don’t have paint you can always cheat a little and fill them in. If you need a paper suggestion we like this one from Tru-Ray.
Step 3: Paint Facial Features
I usually do an example for my kids to look at but let them go to town making their craft their own. I recommend letting them do this part themselves. You may want to wait until the yellow handprint dries before doing this step to make it easier for younger children to avoid smearing.
Step 4: Add A Message
I put “I choose you” to play off the Pokemon theme but you can personalize it if they are giving their pictures as a gift.
I used Crayola Ultra Washable Markers which are my all time favorites because they clean up so well.
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Also checkout my Valentine’s Books for Preschoolers list!