There is something about children’s footprints that are so adorable. I knew I wanted to do a Father’s Day Craft using their footprints and possibly hand prints too. I thought it would be cute to have them spell out the word ‘Daddy’ in footprints and hand prints. I tried this with them. We got a ‘D’ and a ‘Y’ and had several letters that did not make the cut. They loved having their feet painted and giggled hysterically saying “it tickles” between fits of laughter. I realized though that trying to make the perfect letters for Daddy was not fun any more for me and having them repeat footprints and hand prints over and over was not going to be fun for them either.
Given that I am sharing this post, I knew there was no way to keep it a secret from Daddy anyway. So, I thought, why not involve Daddy? He, like many Daddies is not usually involved in their art projects. So, I simplified the idea and had them do Daddy and me foot prints which was far easier and way more fun. It was amazing to them to see that Daddy can make footprints too. It is a wonderful keepsake that we can display on Father’s Day or frame it to display any day.
- Construction paper in color of your choice
- Tempera paint in color of your choice
- Paint Brush
- Wipes or wet paper towels or a wash tub with soap and water
After spending some time doing footprints, I would suggest having several sheets of the color of your choice ready to go. Paint the color onto your child’s foot. You can print them by having them either stand on their painted foot on the paper or by taking the paper with a backing such as a thick magazine and pressing it against their foot. Toddlers tend to curl their toes in delight due to the feeling of the paint on their feet. They also have a tough time putting weight on their foot at first because it is a strange feeling with the paint.
Some footprints will be unrecognizable smears on the paper. I would suggest having your child make at least two that are recognizable footprints in case Daddy has a smeared one (because he’s not used to making footprints either!) It is a very simple project, but there is something about having a toddler or child’s footprint next to Daddy’s that tugs at the heartstrings.