What You Need:
- 1 sheet of brown construction paper
- Spray bottle
- Tempera paint in red or black and other colors
- Cotton swabs
What You Do:
- Before starting the art project, take a look at Australian Aboriginal art and cave paintings online with your child to get an idea of the designs, patterns, and colors of this art style.
- Help your child dilute the red or black tempera paint with water in a spray bottle until it's thin enough to spray through the bottle.
- Place the brown construction paper in front of your child. The brown paper will stand in for a cave wall. Ask her to place her hand on the paper, spreading her fingers far apart.
- Help her spray the diluted tempera paint around the edges of her hand to create a handprint outline, just like Indigenous Australians did.
- Let the handprint dry while she washes her hands.
- Once dry, encourage your child to decorate around her sprayed handprint using colorful tempera paint and the tip of a cotton swab, making dots and creating lines and shape patterns. Dipping the cotton swab into paint and pressing it onto the paper is a great way to boost her fine-motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Display your child's finished handprint in a fun location, such as her bedroom door!