Making a Christmas handprint and footprint reindeer using construction paper is an easy and rewarding handmade holiday craft project that is fun for young children.
Materials for a Hand Foot Reindeer
Before explaining to young kids how to make the hand foot deer, first gather the necessary materials. Here is a list of the essentials:
- Colored construction paper (dark brown, light brown, black, white, and red are needed)
- Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
It is also helpful to have a completed hands and foot reindeer to show the kids. They can refer to this example as a guide as they are making their own deer.
Instructions for Handprint Footprint Deer
The reindeer craft is comprised of two basic parts – the antlers and the head. The antlers are made from outlines of the hands, while the head is made from an outline of the foot.
Show kids how to trace around their hands to make the reindeer’s antlers and around their foot to make the reindeer’s face. Explain how the kids will need to draw the bottoms of the antlers freehand since their wrist will block their tracing.
Instruct the children to cut out their traced handprints and footprint. Next, show them how to glue the antlers to the head. Note, it doesn’t matter whether the top or bottom of the footprint is used as the top of the head.
The final part of the Xmas craft project brings the reindeer to life. Explain to the children that the last step is to make the deer’s eyes, nose, and mouth using pieces of construction paper or drawing the features using markers, colored pencils, or crayons.
Encourage kids to be creative. Perhaps they will want to make their very own Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
Christmas Reindeer Craft Project
The foot and hand holiday reindeer is a simple yet fun Christmas craft for young children. The art project allows kids to get their creative juices flowing and to embrace the holiday spirit. The handmade reindeers can be hung up as ornaments on a Christmas tree or taped or tacked to a wall.
Readers might also be interested in how to make a Santa Claus hand craft or a cotton ball Santa for the holidays or a hand turkey craft for Thanksgiving.