This past Saturday, my husband and I took my daughter Jk, on a homeschool field trip to a local zoo. It was a great day that I will blog on later, but for this I want to blog about one of the cutest ideas I saw at the zoo. It is called Handimals. Basically you paint your hand and press it onto a piece of paper, or other medium for painting such as canvas, newsprint, or even fabric. Then with permanent markers you turn that handprint into an animal of some kind. When I saw this being done at the zoo, my mind started racing 100 miles per minute thinking of ways I could use this idea. What I loved was that they made family units from these handprints. They would not only have the children make a handprint, but mom, dad, and even grandparents. I thought what a wonderful way to teach children about animals and about the family in one project. I took pictures of their display and am posting them so you get the idea. My daughter just finished a unit learning about the different types of animals, land, desert, artic, ocean and so on. In each she learned even more about the animals, whether they were mammals, reptiles, birds or amphibians. She learned about what made each animal special to their environment. It was a wonderful way to instill in her how vast and awe-inspiring creation is, and in the same way how awesome God is to have created it down to the tiniest bit of DNA.
Usually with each subject we tackle I try to give her a fun project to work on to share what she has learned. I want to use the idea of Handimals in a project for this portion of her Science for the year. I thought maybe a quilt for one of her nephews with Handimals on each square. Another thought was a family tree with each person represented by an animal. Since she is so close to being a teenager and loves purses and other girly things, I also thought maybe a totebag or purse that she could carry. Of course knowing my daughter it will have either a leopard, cheetah, or zebra as its main focus.
With this in mind I’m going to let you join in on my decision on what to give her to do. Do you have an idea on how I could use these Handimals for a project that a tween would love to do? Please leave a comment giving your idea. For those in foreign countries, please write in English. My German, Spanish and Portuguese are very limited, and as far as other languages, I wouldn’t have a clue as to what you are saying, and I really am interested in your ideas no matter what country you are in. Thank you!
Tiffeny Freese Higgins Bundy
February 15, 2015 at 8:32 AM
I painted hanimals at my local zoo and we used acrylic paint for the handprint and the finish work. they are really easy and fun to do. We also used a caligraphy pen for the lettering.
May 28, 2015 at 9:46 PM
Thank you for sharing that with me and my readers. I actually did hanimals with my granddaughter using acrylic pain too, but we used calligraphy markers by Crayola to do the writing. They were a little easier for her to write with.
May 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM
I love this!
May 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM
I know it was so cool when I saw them. It was like God put a million ideas in my mind on how to use them.
barb in wpg
April 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM
these handimals are just sooo cute. my daughter has little ones and what better way to preserve their handprints…. luv it!
April 17, 2012 at 3:31 PM
I thought they were just so adorable! And what a way to do a project with family that brings out their personalities. I have to admit my family could never be the same handimal…we are just too funny and different in so many ways!
April 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM
This sounds like a lot of fun! I tried a cheap plaster handcast kit on my kids and it was impossible. This looks doable, cute, and a way to remember them later.
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April 3, 2012 at 9:43 PM
Thank you! I think they are completely doable, and I love that they can be framed as family artwork and kept on the wall for as long as you want. My daughter even said they would make a great cloth book for toddlers to learn about animals.
April 3, 2012 at 8:05 AM
Oh this is such a great idea!! My 5 year old is going to love this! Thanks for sharing.
April 3, 2012 at 12:28 PM
You are welcome. I thought of you when I saw it, and just knew you would love this idea!
April 2, 2012 at 3:51 PM
these look great, i’ll definitely be trying my hand (ha ha) at some paintings. I saw a fun one on Pinterest of someone’s foot that had been turned into a ghost, so maybe you could incorporate hands and feet in your versions!
April 2, 2012 at 9:34 PM
Cute idea! Maybe the feet could be squid, or fish.