Activity Idea | Handprint Unicorns

Hey everyone!  Welcome back! 🙂

Before starting my blog, I didn’t really have a plan.  I was trying so hard to come up with ideas of things I could talk about.  Then one day, I had a ‘lightbulb’ switch on in my mind…  As you may or may not know, I’m a qualified Early Years Practitioner currently working in a nursery.  I thought it would be a good idea to start posting activities that I have done with the children so you can try them out at work or at home.  I’m so excited to start gathering up more ideas and share them with you all. 🙂

For my first post, I thought I would start with a simple, but fun, activity which involves getting very messy.

At my previous job, the children were learning about different kinds of animals.  They showed a huge interest in penguins, which led to them wanting to learn about animals that live in the Arctic.  After that, we started learning about jungle animals and farm animals.  After a period of time, we asked the children which type of animals they would like to learn about next.  A lot them decided on fantasies and mythical creatures.

I was so excited about this topic but at the same time I was like, “What am I going to do?”

While I was studying at college, I discovered Pinterest.  A great place to find activity ideas on a wide range of interests and topics.  Not gonna lie, that is where I get 99.9% of my ideas from.  This led to me finding this activity from The Resourceful Mama.  She has loads of amazing ideas on her website that I think you would love!

I thought this would be the PERFECT activity to do with the children.  But I would do this in a slightly different way…

You will need:

  • Card (I used white and light blue, but you can use any colours you like)
  • Paint (I used pink, purple, light blue, light green and white)
  • PVA Glue
  • Ribbons/Wool/String
  • Black Pen
  • Brown Pencil
  • Scissors

Method:

  1. Choose a colour for your unicorn and paint your own hand.  Once your hand is covered in paint, you can press it down on the paper.  Make sure you spread all your fingers out, as your thumb will be the unicorn’s head and your other fingers will be the unicorn’s legs.
  2. Allow the handprint to dry.  I have no idea how many times I was asked during this time, “Miss Williams?  Can I decorate my unicorn now?”  Honestly, the handprints didn’t take that long to dry and the children were really excited about decorating them.    It was so sweet! 🙂
  3. Now you can make a tail and a mane.  There are a variety of things you can use including wool, thread and ribbons.  I chose to use ribbons of different colours and textures, which were laid out in bowls for the children to pick up and glue to the card.  I also decided to put in coloured pieces of string, thick and thin.  They loved the sparkly ribbons the best!
  4. Don’t forgot to draw a face and a horn for your unicorn!
  5. Leave the unicorn to dry again, and cut around it.

That’s it!  As simple as that! 🙂

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I would love to know if you try making these.  Please leave a comment or send a photo, I would love to see them.

Also, keep your eyes peeled as I hope to post more activity ideas in the future.

Have fun!! 😀

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