Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eric Carle Inspired Fingerprint Craft for Kids: Project #81

Eric Carle Inspired Fingerprint Craft for Kids
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up

"The Grouchy Ladybug" Inspired Fingerprint Craft for Kids
"The Foolish Tortoise" Inspired Fingerprint Craft for Kids

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Inspired Fingerprint Craft for Kids
Supplies Needed:
  • White Paper
  • Black Crayon + Green Crayon
  • Red Ink Pad
  • Green Ink Pad
  • OPTIONAL: White Glue, Googly Eyes
Time Needed:
10 Minutes plus drying time

What To Do:

  1. To Make Caterpillars
    Press thumb into red ink pad and press onto paper. Then press pointer finger into green ink pad and press onto paper. Continue with green until you have about 7 green prints. Press side of pinkie into the red ink press onto paper for antennae. Do this twice to make 2 antennae. Add eyes if you want :)

  2. To Make Tortoises or TurtlesPress thumb into green ink pad and press onto paper. This is the tortoise's body. Then press pinkie fingertip into green ink pad and press onto paper for the 4 limbs and the head. Use the black crayon to draw circles on the shell and add eyes. Use green crayon to add the tail. Outline tortoise if desired.

  3. To Make LadybugsPress thumb into red ink pad and press onto paper. This is the ladybug's body. Use the black crayon to add a head, spots, and 6 segmented legs. We also drew a long triangle on his back to make it look like the red was wings.

  4. Let everything dry. 
  5. ENJOY! You're done! Show off your masterpieces!
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Why We Love Crafts for Kids
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy! 

For Children with Special Needs

Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project. 

Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with. You can substitute finger paint for the ink pads. Use markers or crayons, or paint - anything - to decorate your fingerprint animals.

Guide your child's hand and press down his finger in the correct position if he asks you to or becomes frustrated.

For Older Children
An older child will enjoy this craft as is but may want to embellish the animals more and make a nice background.


The ladybugs in this craft was inspired by Eric Carle's "The Grouchy Ladybug" . In this popular children's book the grouchy ladybug learns that maybe he's not so tough when all the animals he encounters with his challenge "want to fight?" actually accept his offer with "If You Insist". There are some lines repeated over and over and your children will be happy to recite these lines for you! Each animal that the grouchy ladybug encounters gets bigger and bigger and bigger. Also, this book introduces children to the concept of time. Each event happens at a specific time of day and a clock shows that time as well. Beautiful, bright, illustrations are immediately captivating to young children. Enjoy over and over again!These crafts were inspired Eric Carle's artwork in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. This book is full of rhyme and repetition that will appeal to preschoolers. The animals are in bold, beautiful colors and are seen and named in a rhyming sing song text that encourages young children to participate. Wonderful springboard for teaching colors and animals.

The caterpillars in this kids craft were inspired by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" By Eric Carle. This beloved book, originally published in 1969, is an all-time favorite across the world! The story not only follows the very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly, but also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more! Striking pictures and cleverly die-cut pages offer interactive fun. Your child will love it! 

The tortoises in this craft were inspired by the book "The Foolish Tortoise" written by Richard Buckley with pictures by Eric Carle. Always beautiful pictures by Eric Carle, in a cute tale about a tortoise who is tired of being slow and decides to get rid of his shell! However, the tortoise finds out that his shell has many important purposes and is eventually very pleased to find it again!

  • Check out these FREE Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can CUSTOMIZE! 
Eric Carle Website

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