Making thumbprint art is a great way for kids of all ages to see how the shape of their thumb print pressed on an ink pad can be transformed into magical things with just a black marker. We have some simple thumb print ideas to get you started on making art masterpieces thumb printing!
Thumb Print Art for Kids
Kids love playing with ink stamp pads. They use rubber stamps with them but they also like to stamp their hand or even their thumbprints.
Related: Handprint crafts for kids
Why not turn those simple thumbprints into a cute piece of art – Thumbprint Art!
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Supplies Needed for Thumb Printing
Directions for Thumb Print Art
Place thumb flat on ink pad and give a little pressure to cover the surface.
Then stamp the paper by pressing thumb on the paper where they want the thumbprint to appear.
Tip: Stamp the finger tip for a small circular shape or whole thumb for a larger more oval shape.
These little prints are cute by themselves but now is when the fun really begins.
Use the thin black marker to create little creatures from the prints.
Once your child gets the hang of the basic creations, they can work on creating a full thumbprint scene.
Tip: We love using this technique for card-making with kids: My daughter turned her prints into a scene from Spring to make a get well card for a dear friend.
Step by Step ThumbPrint Art Instructions
Fingerprint art steps for drawing cat and apple, fish and bee, panda, monkey, bird, elephant, snail and a very long caterpillar.
Related: More inspiration from cork painting idea for kids
Drawing Thumbprint Art Inspiration from Ed Emberley
I love to get inspiration from Ed Emberley. He has written several books showing how to make incredible creations with thumbprint art:
- Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book
- Great Thumprint Drawing Book: Learn to draw the Ed Emberley Way
- Fingerprint Drawing Book: Learn to draw the Ed Emberley Way
- Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley
More Fingerprint Art Activity Books for Kids
1. Fingerprint Activities Book with Ink Pad
This adorable and colorful book full of pictures to fingerprint with its own ink pad is fun for kids to paint with no matter their skill level. The colorful inkpad allows children to make fingerprint pictures quickly and easily and the inks are non-toxic.
2. Fingerprint Animals Book with Ink Pad
This finger-painting book includes simple, step-by-step instructions for lots of pictures and scenes to create using only fingerprints and a multi-color ink pad is included.
3. Fingerprint Bugs Book with Ink Pad
This colorful book comes with its own inkpad of severn bright colors to make fingerprint bugs with step by step simple instructions.
Handprint Arts & Crafts from Kids Activities Blog
- Family handprint art
- Christmas handprint crafts
- Reindeer handprint art
- Handprint Christmas tree
- Salt dough handprint crafts
What type of thumbprint art did you and your kids make?