Art Smart

Hands-Free Visit

Ideal for Infant, Toddler, Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

A woman and young child gaze through a window at a friendly face.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to:

  • Have positive relationships with adults.
  • Use non-verbal communication.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Contact paper (or clear tape as a substitute)

Directions:

  1. At home, paint your child's hands to make a handprint of each hand, and cut them out when dry.
  2. Put contact paper (or tape) on the back of the handprints, paying attention to which direction they will face when placed.
  3. Visit a relative or friend with a sliding glass door or large window.
  4. Apply handprints at the exact spot your child's hands reach on the glass. Leave them there for a loved one to continue to enjoy after you've gone.

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