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Infant Footprint Art

For anyone that has worked in a preschool setting or had their child enrolled there from a very young age, the baby footprint art piece is a mandatory staple of their portfolios. It's no wonder why we love them. From the day of birth, the hospital staff complete footprints of your baby and those prints, side by side, in their most basic form, are cherished. With footprint artwork, the possibilities of what could be made out of the print are endless.

Seasonal designs are fun to brain storm about. At Christmas time, a green footprint, with toes facing down, can be transformed into a Christmas tree by adding a brown stump, decorative balls (done by dabbing with the tip of a finger) and star on top. Adding wings, a face, and halo around a white print makes a heavenly angel design.

At Halloween, a ghost done with a white print facing down and a face design does the trick. One of my favorite designs I did in my classroom at Halloween when I was an infant teacher was the candy corn design. Paint the foot with the traditional candy corn colors, with the yellow paint on the toes and ball of the foot, orange on the center, and white on the heel.

Remember to explore the animal kingdom as well! A bird design can be made with a footprint placed diagonally with toes facing downward. Use yellow paint for a chick; red, blue, and yellow paint for a parrot; red for a cardinal; black and orange for an oriole and so on. Add the beak, wing, and feet for a profile view of the bird. Color a babyís foot black with a white oval on the ball part of the foot and angle the foot with toes down to create a penguin design.

A footprint on its side can become any species of fish based on the color of paint you use. Think clownfish in orange and white... Beta fish colors in deep reds, blues, and purples... Add the side fins and design a face on the heel part of the print.

Here are some thoughts to get your creative juices flowing. Footprint art can make great Motherís and Fatherís day gifts. Perhaps a tie design, flower, butterfly, or golf club?? Can two or more feet come together to create masterpieces- foot prints in the sand perhaps? Your only limit is your imagination.

I remember as a teacher being so excited about the final product of the baby footprint art projects. I envisioned the reactions of the parents as they took the artwork home. They were always so appreciative. You can imagine then, how disappointing it was to be attempting a print only to have it smear! It will happen. Just be patient and try again on a fresh sheet of paper. Also try this neat trick. Stroke the bottom of the foot. This will cause the toes to fan out briefly. Take advantage of that moment and gently press the foot to paper. A helping hand will also increase success.

Do you have great footprint art ideas that you would like to share? Post them in our forum!

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