Ready to show your Canadian Olympic Pride??? How about a fun and easy kids craft to get you started? My boys made these for Canada Day but will be wearing them during the Olympics to cheer on our home team. They are also an amazing record of how little (or big!) their hands are.
Read on to see the easy instructions!
- T-shirt of choice, pre washed
- Red fabric paint
- Baby wipes
- Cardboard cut to fit into shirt
- Paper plate
- Foam paint brush
- Fabric Marker (optional)
- Prepare everything before you call the kids in!
- Slide cardboard into t-shirt to keep the paint for bleeding through and also to create a nice firm surface. We did this on the lawn which wasn’t the best choice, on a table or the ground would have been better.
- Have paint ready to go on a paper plate
- Paint child’s hand with a generous amount of paint (I could have used more)
- Have child keep fingers spread to create more of a Maple Leaf effect. Centre child’s hand over chest area of shirt and press down firmly. Push down on fingers to get a good impression and try to not let little one wiggle their fingers—good luck, right?
- Pull child’s hand straight up so as not to drag any paint across front of t-shirt
- Use baby wipes ASAP to get most of the paint off right away.
- Using paint brush paint the rectangles on either side of hand print.
- Optional. You can write a date or child’s name and age on the shirt. When I made them for Canada Day I ended up writing a little ’13 on them to help me remember when we made them.
- Let shirts dry as per the instructions on the fabric paint.