Activity Introduction

This activity is messy and fun to do! Get really involved with your art by using your body to make prints. It’s a great present for your parents or caregivers at the end and creates everlasting memories.

Safety advice: If you are making footprints, it can be slippery when you have the paint on your feet so make sure to hold onto something or someone stable. Use non-toxic, water-based paint.

Younger kids will need support to complete this activity. 

Ideal for: Early Learning Ages 3 – 4

Themes: 

  • get messy
  • fresh air 
  • playtime 
  • be creative

Time required: 30 minutes 

Curriculum connections: The Arts, Craft, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

This can be a really messy activity so it’s good to have them wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. It’s also a good idea to date the painting so that you can remember when it was made.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • Container
  • Cloth
  • Drop sheet 
  • Old clothes 
  • Palettes/plates/lids for paint
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper
  • Water

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Hand And Feet Printing - Activity Instructions

This activity is messy and fun to do! Get really involved with your art by using your body to make prints. It’s a great present for your parents or caregivers at the end and creates everlasting memories.

Safety advice: If you are making footprints, it can be slippery when you have the paint on your feet so make sure to hold onto something or someone stable. Use non-toxic, water-based paint.

Part A: Set Up Your Painting Area

Step 1. This is a great activity to do outside if you can, although it can also be done inside. Lay down a drop sheet and get dressed in old clothes that your parents/caregivers are happy for you to get paint on. Put some water in the container. This is for washing out the paintbrush when you’re done with it. 

Step 2. Lay out the paint palettes, or you can use old lids. Put some paint on the palettes and get your paintbrush ready!

Part B: Get Messy Time! 

Step 1. There are two ways to do a paint handprint. T

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