TheThis C is for Cow Craft: Handprint Cow Craft is the cutest idea for the kids to make at home! It’s a great way to show them that art can be so many different looks and designs. Super cute craft for early learners!
C is for Cow Craft: Handprint Cow Craft
When it comes to crafting fun for the kids, handprint art and activities are always a hit. This is because not only do they turn out absolutely adorable, but they are really quite simple to make, too.
Plus – who knew how many cute things could be made, all by tracing your hand! We used to constantly make chickens growing up but our creative minds nowadays prove that we should be thinking outside the box more.
Be sure to also check out my 18 Crafts to Make with Your Preschooler for more crafts that are great for sensory learning as well as fine motor skills.
List of Supplies needed to make this Handprint Cow Craft
- Colored craft papers
- Acrylic paint
- Craft glue
How to make a Handprint Cow
Select colored craft papers for the cow puppet craft. The template includes the following patterns, head, horns, outer ears, inner ears, tail tip, and mouth (lower part of the face). Trace and cut out the patterns from the selected craft papers.
Attach the inner ear cutouts to the outer ear cutouts and attach the mouth pattern to the bottom part of the head cutout.
Attach the ear patterns on the right and left sides along the top end of the head pattern. Then, Attach the horn patterns between the ears.
Use a gel pen or sharpie to draw the eyes, nose, and mouth-line of the papercraft cow puppet.
Trace a hand pattern on the same colored paper used for the head pattern.
Cut out the traced hand pattern.
Use acrylic paint to trace patterns on the handprinted paper. The thumb will be the tail of the handprinted cow and the rest of the fingers are going to be the 4 legs.
Fill the spots using acrylic paint. Attach the tail tip cutout on the open end of the thumbprint of the hand pattern.
Attach the head pattern on the handprinted pattern, opposite to the tail.
Tips for Making a Cow from a Handprint
- Be sure to let the kids be a part of the process from start to finish! Yes, you need their handprints but this craft is a good one to help them build their creative confidence as well.
- Let the glue dry before moving on to other parts of the craft. You don’t want the cow to fall apart when you could have just given it a little bit more time.
- Let the kids make more than one cow and create their own feedlot! This is a super cute way to have them make the same craft again but to make each one look unique and different each time, too.
Crafting is so much fun and a perfect way to break up the day. Be sure to check out my Zebra Toilet Paper Roll Craft and my Pirate Ship Paper Plate Craft as well!
Looking for some more cow ideas? Check out these cow cupcakes that are so cute or my popular cow cookies!
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