We are still on the daily countdown to Halloween round ours so yesterday I thought I’d try out something new with the kids and give some resist art a go! These fingerprint Halloween pictures turned out a lot spookier than I originally expected but both my four and two year old adored making them, plus the technique we came up with for creating the pictures helps improve muscle strength in fingers making it great for kids who are learning to write. Also, that bit gave me an excuse for skipping homework last night, sorry teachers, we had some Halloween resist art to make and it couldn’t possibly wait!
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You will need:
How to make your Halloween resist art:
First cut a Halloween shape out of paper, we did skulls and ghosts but a jack-o-lantern would work well with orange paint too.
Using your blu tac, stick your paper template onto your black card. It was the first time my kids have ever used blu tac and they really enjoyed it (no big shock as they’re both obsessed with play dough). Rolling it into shapes is a great way to help strengthen the muscles in their fingers too.
Once your template is stuck down, use the blu tac to make some features for their face. Blu tac works really well here because it’s so easy to remove afterwards without leaving any marks on the paper and you can keep changing the faces until you are happy with them.
Once you’re ready to start pop some white paint onto a plate and get painting! I must admit that my painting hack here is that I sometimes use paper plates, that way I can just throw them away afterwards before the paint goes everywhere. This also stops it getting too stressful for me! The baby wipes I mentioned earlier are also for this reason. Your kids might be brilliant at finishing painting and then walking sensibly to the sink to wash their hands. I have a two year old and I need baby wipes!
Once you have finished painting all you need to do is remove the template and blu tac and you’re left with a cool picture, there was a proper gasp of amazement from my son when we did this!
As an aside, my daughter also did a skull picture which she adored doing…to the extent that when she finished she came and put her little hands all through it again before I took a picture. Hers was even scarier though!
If your kids enjoyed this craft make sure you check out my new book 30 Halloween Crafts for Kids which is full of fun, achievable and cool ideas!
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Discaimer – Bostic sent us some craft materials in the post so that we could make something fun – thank you!