Free First Day of School Handprint Art

Welcome to the world of creativity and fun with the first day of school handprint art! These school-themed handprint templates bring joy to celebrations and are perfect for capturing the memories of that exciting first day.

Embark on a journey of crafting special keepsakes with your little ones. Imagine the joy of looking back at these handprints, remembering the butterflies in their stomachs, the new friends made, and the adventures awaiting in the classroom.

Discover a fantastic way to make the first day of school unforgettable for your kids. Dive into the world of handprint art, a delightful blend of creativity and nostalgia.

So, grab some paint, embrace the mess, and create something truly awesome using these first day of school worksheets.

Creative first day of school handprint art sheets featuring colorful paint splotches and children's handprints turned into illustrations like paintbrushes and apples, with captions 'Small hands, big fun, painting on day one!' and 'First Day of Preschool!

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Handprint art for the first day of school

You likely have everything to make these cool first day of school handprints. To do these handprint crafts, you’ll need:

  • cardstock paper
  • washable paints (these are the ones we use for all of our handprint crafts)
  • paintbrush
  • Wipes!! It helps to have these handy so you don’t make a complete mess of your table!

How to make

Print out the templates below; they will fill three whole pages. They’ll print vertically on 8.5 x 11 inches paper, so double-check the printer settings.

These printable first day of school handprint art templates are free to print, but use them for personal or classroom activities only. Find the PDF file at the bottom of the post.

Feel free to print this on regular printer paper, but for our school crafts, they always turn out better on sturdier cardstock.

First day of preschool

The first template looks like this:

my first day of preschool handprint art

Ready to have some fun? Grab the supplies listed above, and let’s start creating!

Let the little ones pick the colors they want for their handprints. We chose blue paint, pink paint, and green paint for ours.

Take a small paintbrush and put a thin layer of paint on their hands. Keep those wipes close by!

Cover their hands with paint and put them below each kid’s head to create their body.

Press down along their hands to make sure the prints come out nice and clear.

Now, carefully lift the child’s hand, making sure not to smudge the prints.

My first day of preschool

Now, let’s craft apple handprints:

my first day handprint art

Grab the supplies for this apple handprint art. We chose red paint to match the color of the apple.

Apply paint with the brush or use a handprint dish. Cover their hand with paint and press it under the apple’s stem and leaf. Ensure a full handprint by pressing down along their hand.

Carefully lift the child’s hand to avoid smudging. Get creative, you can add googly eyes on the apple and frame it to hand on your walls.

Paintbrush handprint art

Small hands, big fun, painting on day one. This handprint art template looks like this,

free first day of school handprint art

Get the supplies listed above for the handprint art. We picked brown color but your little one can choose whatever colors they like.

Use a brush or handprint dish. Paint their hand, and press it above the handle. Press down for a full handprint.

Lift the child’s hand carefully. If you want to be creative, you can splash colors of paint on the template to make it more colorful!

Other first day of school activities

Explore additional cool activities for an exciting kick-off to the school year!

handprint art bundle


Benefits of creating handprint art

  • Handprint art is super enjoyable, letting you have fun while coloring, drawing, and being creative.
  • Express yourself by filling in blanks and doodling, allowing your imagination to shine brightly.
  • The worksheets guide you through tasks, improving your ability to follow instructions effectively.
  • Your handprints are as unique as fingerprints, offering a cool way to showcase your individuality.
  • Waiting for paint to dry teaches patience, similar to waiting for cookies to bake but with the added joy of art.

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Need to print later? Add this to your Pinterest board or share it on Facebook. You’ll have it handy whenever you’re ready to use it!

Download the free handprint template first day of school

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables for kids work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

Last Updated on 16 July 2024 by Clare Brown

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