Winter Bird Handprint Painting for Your Preschooler

As much as I love Christmas crafts filled with reindeer and sparkling trees, my true love is winter themed projects. Ones that last far into January and are all about the peace and prettiness of snow and, of course, a sweet little handprint!

This preschool-approved handprint DIY features a red cardinal (or any other color bird your cutie chooses!), a brown tree branch, and mini pom pom “snow” falling from the sky.

diy winter bird handprint painting

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sky blue construction paper
  • Brown and red water soluable paint
  • Paper plate
  • Orange paper scrap
  • Black marker
  • Mini white pom poms
  • Paint brushes
  • Liquid glue

Start with the brown branch. Prior to making this art project we took note of all the different branches we saw on a walk outside. My kids noticed that many branches had a “Y” shape, none of them were very straight, and they all had little bark bumps. You can use a paintbrush, fingers, or both to create your own nature-inspired branch.

Next, paint your child’s left hand (if you’re recreating the project exactly as you see above). Press their hand slightly above the branch.

Take a 20-30 minute break while these first steps of your project dry. Maybe read The Story of Snow or The Mitten!

Have your child cut a small triangle out of orange scrap paper and glue for a beak. Practice squeezing small dots of glue wherever they want snowflakes to be and add mini pom poms on top. If you don’t have pom poms handy you can always add snow stickers or finger paint snow dots with white paint.

Finally, use a black marker to add an eye and little bird feet!

Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (


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