A child's printable handprint craft is a more personalized, economical way to reduce the commercialized aspect of Mother's Day. In 2009, the National Retail Foundation predicted that Mother's Day spending would dip because of the economy, to an estimated total spending bill of $14 billion. Help your children or students save money by guiding them to handprint templates and handprint poems that are offered for free on various crafting and Mother's Day websites.
Free Card Templates
A free printable template for a long-armed, "Mom, I love you this much!" handprint card craft is located at Free Kids Crafts (freekidscrafts.com). A cute "Big Hug" pop-up card from Busy Bee Crafts (busybeekidscrafts.com) can be easily adapted into a Mother's Day handprint card. A child's real hand-prints could be cut out and glued to the template hands. Children can personalize the cards by adding stickers, coloring templates and writing love notes on the handprints.
Free Printable Templates
A Finger Flowers handprint project comes with a free printable flower pot template and has a little poem written on it at Tip Junkie (tipjunkie.com).
A colorful Handprint Wreath craft with a printable poem and decorative template is found on DLTK (dltk-holidays.com). Activity Village (activityvillage.co.uk) offers a medley of free templates to cut out. Children may glue colored heart or flower templates and attach small gifts such as candy, paper clips or barrettes with tape.
Free Printable Poems
A variety of printable poems is available from Activity Village (activityvillage.co.uk). The printed poem may be cut out and glued to the suggested craft, but it could also be attached to another item, such as a card, jar or paper plate. The poem can be set off with a border by mounting it on decorative paper. The paper should be measured wider than the poem shape by 1/2 inch all the way around.
Free Handprint Crafts
A handprint butterfly craft using a coloring page butterfly template is found on Nana's Corner (nanascorner.com). For The Mommas (forthemommas.com) offers a creative craft; the Child Handprint Calendar with a printable calendar template, for free. When the directions suggest using construction paper and crayons, use acid-free scrapbook paper and jelly pens instead to create a truly archival treasure. Personalize the crafts further with embellishments such as glitter, fake jewels, ribbons, feathers and handwritten notes.
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