Handprint Puzzle

CP#2 recently began Kindergarten. He’s a young five, so MP had some concerns about sending him to school all day. While CP#2 is tired when he arrives home, he has adjusted remarkably well the past two weeks. MP is so proud!

When he came home with this sweet puzzle on the first day of school, MP loved the idea.

All you need is a 5.5″ x 8″ plain puzzle, which you can find here, washable paint, and a paintbrush. To make this craft:

• Spread some paint on a paper plate using a paintbrush. Try to use just enough paint to cover your child’s hand

• Place your child’s hand in the paint, palm facing down and fingers spread wide

• Carefully place her painted palm on the puzzle

• Gently press your child’s palm down and lift it up slowly

• Go directly to the sink to wash off the paint

CP#2 let his handprint dry, and then added a little heart at the center using a paintbrush. The inspiration for the heart—and the handprint—comes from the book, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. In the book, a little raccoon named Chester is going to school for the first time. He doesn’t want to leave his mom, so she kisses Chester’s palm, and tells him:

“Now, whenever you feel lonely, and you need a little loving from home, just press your hand against your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you, Mommy loves you,’ and that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts.”

Illustration from The Kissing Hand. Art by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

MP plans to frame CP#2’s creation. The puzzle is a wonderful reminder that we’re always connected, no matter where our days take us.

Leave a Reply