Hand and Feet Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids


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Hand and Feet Arts and Crafts

Butterfly From Hand Prints
Items needed:
colorful construction paper
toilet paper tube
Fold a piece of paper in half and trace child’s hand with the wrist on the fold. Make sure that there pinkie and ring finger are together and their middle and pointer are together. Cut out hands making sure not to cut on the fold. Open and decorate the hand prints. Cut a strip of paper and glue around the tube. Next, glue the hands to the paper covered tube. Let dry. You can add some pipe cleaner antenna if you wish.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Trace each hand on brown construction paper, and cut them out. Also cut out a large brown triangle. Glue the two hands (antlers) to the top, a flat side, of the triangle. Glitter the nose red.

Pour sand into a coke flat and dampen with water have children put a foot in then raise the foot carefully and pour plaster of paris into the foot print and let harden, carefully lift the dry foot print out of the sand and brush off. You can write the child’s name and age on the foot before it dries. you can also use a stick to poke a hole into the heel of the foot and hang it up.

Hand Wreath
Let children dip their hands in paint then place on paper in a circular shape. If Christmas time let them use green paint then take the tip of their finger and put berries on the wreath and draw a red bow on top.

Hand And Feet Angels
Trace a child’s foot then trace their hands on either side of the feet at the widest part then have children draw on faces , hair, and halo.

Hand And Feet Reindeer
Trace a child’s foot then trace their hands (spread open) on either side up near the widest part of the foot. Then draw or glue on eyes and nose.

A Handful Of Christmas
Have the children trace their hands on green construction paper. Cut out the hands and place them on a posterboard. Glue them in a shape of a Christmas tree. It makes a wonderful poster with all the children’s hands forming the tree.

Finger Prints
1.Washable ink pads
2.White construction paper
Explain to the children that everyone has a different fingerprint. Allow the children to experiment with washable ink pads in various colors. The children can turn their fingerprints into different creatures with crayons or markers.


Hand and Feet Games and Activities

Feet Freeze
Have each child trace their feet(of course, you need to help them). Then cut out the feet, and tape them in a line throughout the classroom. Play some music and have the children walk around stepping on the various feet. You can play freeze this way.
Two little feet
Two little feet go tap,tap,tap
Two little hands go clap,clap, clap
One little boy turns around
One little child sits quietly down.

Special Prints
Make painted handprints, and then attach a copy of the following verse (or any verse dealing with hands) to the prints for the kids to take home, and then they can repeat and reinforce it at home:
I have two hands.
And they are very special hands.
They can clap together (clap)
They can roll together (roll hands)
They can rub together (rub hands together)
And they can give each other a hug (hold hands together)
Just like two friends.

Playing Footsie
(this can be circle time activity)
1. Take off shoes and talk with the kids about their two feet, ten toes, big toe, little toe, etc.
2. Sing “Where is Big Toe” to the tune of “Where is Thumbkin”
3. Encourage them to wiggle their toes, point or stretch their toes, slide their feet on the ground, walk on tiptoes, even try “clapping” their feet together.

Sensory Activities
Provide different sensory materials for them to feel with their bare feet, such as a scratchy door mat, furry craft fur, spongy pillow, soft felt. Talk with them about different textures.
Place two small chairs next to a dish tub with a VERY SMALL amount of water. Let two kids sit together and soak their feet. Provide a towel to dry their feet. Let them rub baby lotion on their feet afterwards if they desire.

Feet Fun
Trace child size shoe shapes on a piece of poster board. cut a large square around the feet. Laminate or cover the poster board squares with clear adhesive paper.
– you can place them in a path and encourage children walk along the foot path.
– you can give each child two and encourage them to step onto them and then jump off.
– you can use them to place two in front of the sink to show little ones where to stand when washing hands.

Feet On Hands
Make handprint tracks across a hard floor. For more durability, cover the handprints with contact paper. Put on music and have the kids play follow the handprints. For added fun, have the handprints track sqiggle and turn, going into or under small places just the right size for the little ones.

Take a close look at your hand. Can you believe that there are 27 bones in each of your hands? Now make a fist with your hand. Do you see these bumps? Do you know what they are called? They are called knuckle bones. Now bend and straighten your fingers…do you see the hinge joints? Now move your thumb in and out….it can do that because of your saddle joint which allows your thumb to bend and rotate.

One way we greet our friends is by shaking hands. In the Army people salute. Let’s all salute. On Star Trek Mr. Spock shakes hands like this: put 4 fingers together, then open middle and ring finger. Let’s make up some of our own handshakes.

1. Pinky shake
2. Slide hands in opposite directions
3. Open all fingers, interlace, shake
Say this while creating new shakes:
If you want to get to know me,
Here is your chance.
Just jump on your feet
And do the Welcome dance
Then skip around, don’t miss a beat
Stop and shake the hand of each friend you meet.

Thumbs Down
The thumb is our most important member on our hand. To prove this point, tape the thumb down to the palm of the hand with masking tape. Have students try to write, turn the pages of a book or button a button. Is it possible?

Foot Paint
Have children foot paint, they love it. Another fun thing to do is to have children put a crayon between their toes and draw a picture!


Hand and Feet Recipes and Snacks

Perhaps some hand or feet shaped cookies, let the kids decorate them with raisins, sprinkles, etc. Then enjoy!

Finger foods would also be good for this theme, along with discussing what different types of foods we eat with our hands instead of a fork or spoon.

Hand and Feet Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

I’m glad my legs are where they’re put,
With at the end of each – a foot;
And that my arms are so well planned
That on each one I have a hand.
Just think of all the things to do
With arms and legs attached to you.
To walk and hop and wave and hold
Are more precious than a pot of gold!

Right Hand,Left Hand
This is my right hand:
I’ll raise it high.
This is my left hand:
I’ll touch the sky.
Right hand, left hand,
Roll them around.
Left hand, right hand,
Pound, pound, pound.

Walk A Little Plainer Daddy
Walk a little plainer, Daddy, said a little boy so frail
I’m following in your footsteps, and I don’t want to fail.
Sometimes your steps are very plain.
Sometimes they are hard to see
So walk a little plainer, Daddy…for you are leading me.
I know that once you walked this way many years ago And what you did along the way I’d really like to know.
For sometimes when I am tempted,
I don’t know what to do.
So walk a little plainer, Daddy…for I must follow you.
Some day when I’m grown up, you are like I want to be,
Then I will have a little boy who will want to follow me.
And I would want to lead him right
And help him to be true,
So walk a little plainer, Daddy…for we must follow you.

Sing the following to “Twinkle Little Star”:
(note: this is a great way to get toddlers to sit down)
My two hands go clap, clap, clap (clap)
My two feet go stamp, stamp, stamp (stamp)
My two hands go thump, thump, thump (tap head or hit legs)
My two feet go jump, jump, jump (jump)
My body can turn around and around (turn around)
And now my body can sit quietly down (sit down)

Hands on Shoulders
Hands on shoulders, hands on knees,
Hands behind you if you please.
Touch your shoulders, now your nose,
Now your chin and now your toes.
Hands up high in the air,
Down at your sides and touch your hair.
Hands up high as before,
Now clap your hands–one, two, three, four.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes,
And eyes and ears,
And mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes,
Knees and toes.

Point Fingers
Two pointy fingers I can show (Hold up both index fingers)
Way up high or way down low. (Hold index fingers high & low.)
With my right, I point to my toe. (Right index toward toe.)
With my left, I show where to go. (Point to left.)
Two pointy fingers I can show (Hold up both index fingers.)
To show you things that I know! (Point straight ahead, then to head.)

Open Them Shut Them
Open, shut them, open, shut them (open and close hands)
Give a little clap
Open, shut them, open, shut them
Put them on your lap.
Walk them, walk them, walk them, walk them (walk fingers up chest to chin)
Way up to your chin.
Open your little mouth,
But don’t let them walk in.

Five Little Monkeys
5 little monkeys jumping on the bed
(Five fingers jump on palm of opposite hand)
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the Dr. and the Dr. said,
No more monkeys jumping on the bed.
4 little…
3 little….
2 little….
1 little…
No little monkeys….
Mama called the Dr. and the Dr. said,
put those monkeys back to bed.

Three Little Monkeys
Three little monkeys swinging in a tree
Along came a crocodile as hungry as can be
The first monkey said you can’t catch me
Two little monkeys…
One little monkey….
The last monkey said you can’t catch me
Snap! Missed me Nah! Nah! Nah! Nah!Nah! Nah!

Where Is Thumbkin?
(Tune: Frere Jacques)
Where is Thumbkin
Where is thumbkin
Here I am
Here I am
How are you today sir
Very well and thank you
Run and hide.
Run and hide.

Tommy Thumb
Tommy thumb is up and tommy thumb is down
Tommy thumb is dancing all around the town
Dance him on your soldiers dance him on your head
Dance him on your knees then tuck him into bed.
Peter pointer is up…
Toby tall is up…
Ruby ring is up…
Baby finger is up…
Finger family is up and Finger family is down
Finger family is dancing all around the town
Dance him on your soldiers dance him on your head
Dance him on your knees then tuck him into bed.

Hokey Pokey!
You put your right foot in you put your right foot out
You put your right foot in and you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it is all about!!
(Continue with the rest of the hands, legs, then “whole self”)




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