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Sloth Handprint Craft – Mother’s Day Handprint Craft

This adorable sloth handprint craft is the perfect Mother’s Day handprint craft. It’s a sweet way for children to create their own Mother’s Day gift or Mother’s Day card for their Mom, Grandma, Aunt, or another mother-like figure they want to celebrate in their life this Mother’s Day.

This image shows a child holding up the completed sloth handprint craft for Mother's Day. At the top of the craft he text says Happy Mother's Day. Below that it says I love hanging out with you. Love, Carl. Next to the text is a gray handprint shape that has been turned into a sloth with a sloth head made from the free sloth head template. The sloth is hanging from a hand drawn brown branch with green fingertip leaves.

Handprint crafts are one of my favorite ways for children to make homemade gifts. Younger children may still be working on their fine motor skills and may not have the dexterity to write even their names yet.

But, as a Mom, I want my child to be included in making their craft gifts for others. Using a child’s handprint lets them be involved even if they are not writing or even drawing yet.

Handprint crafts work for older children as well! They really are for kids of all ages. For this craft, both my 7-year-old and 9-year-old were easily able to participate.

Above is the example from my 9-year-old (notice, he’s learning to sign his name in cursive). But here is the same craft but with a slight variation from my 7-year-old.

This image shows a child holding up the completed sloth handprint craft for Mother's Day. At the top of the craft he text says Happy Mother's Day. Below that it says I love hanging out with you. Love, Jack. Next to the text is a gray handprint shape that has been turned into a sloth with a sloth head made from the free sloth head template. The sloth is hanging from a hand drawn brown branch with green fingertip leaves.

Simple crafts are the way to go for Mother’s Day

Whether you are a classroom teacher, daycare provider, dad, Mom making a craft for the Grandmas, etc. choosing an easy Mother’s Day craft is the right choice for Mother’s Day.

At times, crafting with kids can be stressful. If the craft is super involved or takes forever, it’s hard to keep children’s attention. And if you’re doing the craft with multiple kids (or an entire classroom full of kids), you don’t want the craft to be too complicated.

This handprint craft takes only 3 paint colors and very little time to dry. Plus, the kids can do the majority of the craft without help once you have their handprints. Children can even paint their own fingertips green to make the leaves.

Worried your child can’t draw a sloth’s face?

No problem! There is no need for your child to draw their own sloth face (although they totally can if they want!) I have included a free printable sloth face template.

There are two different sloth face sizes. If you have a younger child, I suggest printing the smaller sloth face to fit the size of their handprint better. There is a page you can print with both sizes if you are working with multiple children of all ages.

This image shows a child holding a colored in and cut sloth head.

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Variations for the Mother’s Day message

There are a couple of great options for messages to pair with your handmade Mother’s day craft. You could go with the message we used or go with another one. Here are some possible ideas.

  • I love hanging out with you! (our message)
  • I love you slow much!
  • Relax and take it easy – you deserve it!
  • Wishing you a chill Mother’s Day!
  • Hanging out with you is the best!
  • I like you more than naps!
  • Hang in there Mom, you’re doing a great job!

Tips for getting a good handprint

Sometimes it can be hard to get a good child’s handprint for handprint crafts. Children are pretty wiggly and sometimes don’t enjoy having the paint on their hands.

If your child is young, practice making their handprint with paint first. This will get them used to the paint. If your child is very young (like a baby or toddler), make sure your child is happy at the time of the craft. If they’re cranky, tired, hungry, etc. it will be much harder to get the handprint.

Make sure to cover the entire hand in paint and do not wait after painting on the hand. The paint dries out pretty quickly and dry paint doesn’t make for good handprints.

This is the image of a child holding up their hand painted in gray paint.

Press on the center of the hand and each finger when pressing the hand on the paper. It will help to make sure you get the entire print.

But, if you don’t get the perfect handprint, that is okay! You can always fill in a bit with paint to make sure the sloth’s arms are attached to their body (we had to do that on two of ours).

What is the best type of paint for the Mother’s Day handprint craft?

My preferred paint type is acrylic paint. It is durable and works well to get in all of the crevices of the hand and fingers.

If you prefer a paint that is more kid-friendly, you can use Crayola’s kid paint or other paint meant for kids.

What type of brush is best for creating handprint crafts?

When painting on little kids’ hands, I find that using a foam brush is less tickly for kids. This makes it easier to get paint on a child when it’s not tickling them so much.

I love this assortment of various size foam brushes – I always have them on hand for kid’s crafts.

Want to make more of a Mother’s Day gift than just a card?

For my example using the sloth handprint, we just used simple paper. But, you could do the same activity but make it more of a gift.

Here are some possible surfaces you could use for your handprint craft instead of paper. You’ll need to paint on the sloth head for most of these surfaces.

  • ceramic plate (use acrylic paint)
  • tote bag (use fabric paint and fabric markers)
  • hand towel (use fabric paint and fabric markers)
  • apron
  • canvas
  • cloth pencil case or makeup bag

Video Step by Step Tutorial for How to Create a Mother’s Day Sloth Handprint Craft

Directions for the Sloth Handprint Craft – Mother’s Day Handprint Craft Idea

This image shows an example of the completed sloth handprint Mother's Day craft. This image is to show the final product to go with the directions. A child is holding the craft. At the top of the craft, it says Happy Mother's Day!! Below that is the image of a sloth created with a handprint. Next to that and below it says I love (heart image) to hang out with you. Love, Jack.

Sloth Handprint Craft - Mother's Day Craft

Yield: 1 Sloth Handprint Craft
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Help a child make this adorable sloth handprint craft for Mom or Grandma this Mother's Day.

Materials

  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Gray or tan craft paint
  • Brown craft paint
  • Green craft paint
  • Markers
  • Glue stick
  • Free sloth face template

Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Paint tray or paper plate
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Place paper on a flat surface.
  2. Paint the child's hand with gray or tan paint using a brush.
  3. Place the child's hand flat toward the bottom center of the paper.
  4. Push the child's hand and fingers down to make sure they make good contact with the paper for a clear handprint.
  5. Lift hand up carefully. Let paint dry for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Use a paint brush to paint on a long tree branch that goes through the fingertips. Have it go across the first finger, skip the second finger, go across the third finger, and skip the fourth finger. This gives the effect that the sloth is holding on to the branch. See pictures or video for example.
  7. Let paint dry for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Paint the child's finger tip green.
  9. Place finger tip on branch to make it look like leaves.
  10. Repeat - add more green paint to the fingertip as needed.
  11. Let paint dry for 5-10 minutes.
  12. Color and cut out the sloth face from the template.
  13. Have the child write or you write, "Happy Mother's Day! I love hanging out with you" somewhere on the paper.
  14. Have the child sign their name if they can, if not write their name for them.

Notes

Prefer photos of each step instead of video? Scroll down below to check out the photos for each step.

Photo Directions for Creating the Sloth Handprint Craft

I know that sometimes videos are a little more difficult for people to follow. So here are the steps, in photo format, to how to make your own sloth handprint craft.

This image shows gray paint being painted onto the palm of a child's hand.
In this image, a child is placing their paint colored hand in the center of a blank piece of white paper.
This image shows the result of the child's gray handprint.
This image shows a child drawing a brown branch through the fingers of the gray handprint.
This image shows the branch continuing to be drawn on the paper through the fingers of the handprint.
This image shows the free sloth face template you can download at the end of this blog post.
This image shows a child coloring in the free sloth head template.
This image shows the finished image of a sloth head colored in.
This image shows a child cutting out the colored sloth head.
This image shows a child holding a colored in and cut sloth head.
This image shows a child placing glue on the back of the sloth head.
This image shows the child placing the sloth head on top of the thumb on the gray handprint.
This image shows how the sloth looks so far for the sloth handprint craft.
This image shows a child writing Happy Mother's Day at the top of the sloth handprint craft.
This image shows a child signing their name on the sloth handprint craft.
This image shows the child using green paint painted on their finger tips to press on to the branch to create green leaves out of their fingerprint.
This image shows a child holding up the completed sloth handprint craft for Mother's Day. At the top of the craft he text says Happy Mother's Day. Below that it says I love hanging out with you. Love, Carl. Next to the text is a gray handprint shape that has been turned into a sloth with a sloth head made from the free sloth head template. The sloth is hanging from a hand drawn brown branch with green fingertip leaves.
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