Footprint and Handprint Reindeer - Parent and Toddler Art

I wanted to take a picture of a craft that my daughter and I did together and then include it on our holiday cards to friends and family.  I recalled seeing many a cute reindeer handprint crafts over the years so, of course, I headed over to Pinterest and searched "handprint reindeer"  Low and behold, TONS of adorable crafts appeared.  We decided to go with one that had the hands and the feet, just so we could get pictured the prints of her adorable little appendages.  My daughter, by the way, is 17 months old.

What Did We Do?

  • We used these two pins as inspiration: and
  • Then we went to Michaels and purchased the googly eyes, red bells and nontoxic tempura paint and a paint brush.  
  • We made our own brown mixing together green and red (which is Mr. Handprint Rudolph is a bit on the maroon side).
  • We made a big mess as we painted my daughters feet and tried to have her stand on the paper.
  • We made another mess (not quite as big) as we added green paint to her hands for the antlers.
  • We washed off as we waited for the paint to dry 
  • Mommy added the eyes and the nose with hodge podge
  • We experienced and admired our work

What Did The Little One Think?

  • She loved stirring the paint.  It seemed to be her favorite part.
  • When we started putting the paint on the foot she immediately grabbed at her foot with her hands.  She said tickle and signed "all done."  She persevered through two tries of getting her footprint on the paper.  She liked her footprint on the paper but wanted the paint off of her foot.
  • Her green hands.  She was not as perturbed by the paint on her hands as her feet.  She said tickle but she thought it was funny.  Getting her handprint on the first try worked very well.
  • At the end, she had fun looking at the finished product and was fascinated by his eyes and nose.

We both had fun and got paint everywhere, luckily it's washable!  Hope you're having fun with holiday and winter crafts with your little ones.  What is your favorite to do at this time of year?


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building