I simply adore all hand and foot print crafts. The boys always have a great time doing them as well. They giggle and squirm, and I cannot blame them at all. I am sure I would do the same if you were applying cold paint to my piggies. We painted pumpkins the other week with varying results. You can absolutely tell who painted which one. Child1.0 was all artsy and creative and made his pumpkin into Captain America. Toddler2.0 copied after big brother, and created a more… abstract creation. It may very well be another Captain America, because he requested the colors after Child1.0 was finished using them. Baby3.0 clearly needed help, otherwise he would have just eaten the paint sponges.
I wanted him to be in on the fun, so I helped him create ghosts using his feet. I am sure this would have been an easier craft had I been normal and used paper as the canvas instead of a slippery pumpkin, but the end result was worth it. I kept a moist paper towel and a dry paper towel next to us to quickly wipe off the foot print if there was a slip and the ghost smeared, but we didn’t have to use them. The wet and dry paper towels were handy after our pumpkin painting to clean off Baby3.0’s foot before he was plopped in the tub with the other boys when they were done painting.
Step one: Clean the pumpkin and dry it. Clean the foot as well if it has been running around all day. The stinky baby foot was clean already; he doesn’t walk.
Step two: Paint the bottom of the foot with white acrylic paint. Make sure to get the sides and all toes. Try to paint as evenly as possible.
Step three: If you are preserving this print on paper, then you can help the child lightly step on the paper. Not only does the baby not “step” anywhere, but I wouldn’t suggest anyone stand on a pumpkin. Instead, I rolled the pumpkin along his foot to get the print.
Step four: Let the footprint dry, and using black acrylic paint, draw on two eyes and a mouth to finish your ghost!