Today we made Pirate Ship Hand prints as a sensory project. Some of my students are very uncomfortable with messy textures and so we try to expose them to safe activities to desensitize them to these textures. Hand print art is a great way to do this, and the parents always enjoy it too.
Of course if a child has a very intense reaction to having his/her hand near the paint he/she is not forced into touching it. We try to have them become okay with simply having the paint near them, and then we will build on this over time. One of my students was very unhappy about the paint, and so we simply traced his hand with a brown crayon.
What you'll do:
- This is a 2 day process. On the first day cut a white piece of paper into two "hot dog" pieces
- Day 1: Give the children a variety of "ocean" colors and "sunset" water color paints. (we used liquid watercolors and a variety of brush sizes). Have the children paint one of the papers in the ocean colors and the other in the sun.
- Let the papers dry over night and then glue the strips together.
- Day 2: Pour brown paint into a paper plate and place students hand in.
- Have the children open their hand wide (you may need to model this)
- Press down.
- Glue sails on the middle fingers