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Handprint Calendar

I used 8 1/2″ X 11″ index paper for each calendar page and the cover. The original photos show mini borders for the poems and small calendars are from the Print Shop program. The updated printable version was created by A to Z Teacher Stuff. The children’s hands were painted with tempera paint and stamped on the top half of each page. The poems were printed on the left bottom and the calendar was on the right bottom of each page. A punch and bind machine finished the top edge. This handprint calendar idea was adapted from one at http://www.abc123kindergarten.com. There is an addition to this calendar, a touching poem written by Amy Ethridge of Meridian, MS. She suggests using this as a second page or you could attach it to the envelope you use to send the poem home. Her poem and a photo are right below the cover page.

The 2012 handprint calendar is now available!!

Printable Handprint Calendar (2012)

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Previous years:  Printable Handprint Calendar (2011) – PDF format

If you are looking for other calendar ideas, check out the Easy Monthly Calendars for Young Learners eBook, available for immediate download.

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Contents & Instructions:


I know you wipe some away,

But these handprints were made to stay.

So keep them forever, a treasure they’ll be.

A special “I Love You”, for you from me.

Second Page

The Hands of A Child

by Amy Ethridge

When you look at the hand what do you see?
There are  just some lines most would agree.
But take a closer look this very minute
And notice the treasures that are found within it.
The hand can be so many things,

From tulips to beautiful butterfly wings.
A Santa, an apple, even a heart,
A pumpkin, an umbrella, that’s only a start.
The hand can be snowflakes that fall from the sky.
The hand can be a leprechaun trying to hide.
It can be the sunshine to brighten the day.
It can be a fish swimming away.
It can be a turkey strutting along,
Whatever you make it, you can’t go wrong.
Just take a little time to look and see,
Where these hands came from,
And you’ll surely agree
Your child, the artist, reaching his goal,
Created this for you with body and soul.
Keep it and use it till the time has past.
Then put it away so the memories will last.



Snowflakes white

Are dancing down.

Dancing, dancing

All around.

Each one is different,

It’s surely true.

Here’s one I made

From me for you!

To make handprint:

Use blue index paper for the background. Paint four fingers of one hand with white paint. Stamp in a circular shape to form the basic snowflake, repainting fingers after each stamp. Then go back and stamp fingers across the first stamps in an X shape as shown on the calendar snowflake.




One Red Valentine

One red valentine,

Two red valentines,

Three red valentines,


I’ll snip and cut

And color and paste,

And then make

Twenty more.


To make handprint:

Paint both hands red. Slant each hand and overlap the fingers as they are stamped, forming the heart shape as shown to the right.



The Little Leprechaun

I’m a little leprechaun.
Can’t you see?
I’m as tiny as I can be.

I only come around

Just once a year.
That’s when
St. Patrick’s Day is here.

 To make handprint:

Paint fingers orange. Paint base of palm pink with a thin strip of orange above that. Paint thumb and rest of palm green as shown. Use marker to make eyes and mouth.



The rain spills down

Upon the town

Like water

From a cup.

The thing I just

Can’t understand

Is how the rain

Gets UP!

 To make handprint:

Paint fingers and area just below fingers purple. Stamp upside down to form umbrella shape. Use marker to outline umbrella and to make a handle.




In the garden
Tulips grow
Straight and golden
In a row.
Each one holds

Its empty cup
Drinking rain

And sunshine up.


To make handprint:

Paint fingers and area below fingers yellow, as shown in drawing. Paint one finger green and stamp tulip stem and leaves. Use this method to make two or three tulips.

(Painting the entire hand, as shown on the calendar to the right, made the tulips too large.)



 Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar

Fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar

Into a corner will creep.

He’ll spin himself a blanket

And then go fast asleep.

Fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar

Will wake up by and by.

To find his wings of beauty,

Changed to a butterfly!

 To make handprint:

Paint both hands using these directions. Paint the palm of the hand one color and the fingers a different bright color. (Do not paint thumbs!) Stamp left hand on left side of paper. Stamp right hand on the right side of the paper. When dry, use a black marker to draw in the center of the butterfly.


 The Fish

I hold my fingers

Like a fish,

And wave them

As I go.

See them swimming

With a swish,

So swiftly

To and fro.

 To make handprint:

Use blue index paper for the background. Paint hand, including thumb, orange. Keep fingers and thumb close together. Stamp horizontally on paper. The thumb will be the lower fish fin. Use marker to make a face on the palm area of the hand.



  The Sun

Over there

The sun gets up,

And marches

All the day.

At noon it stands

Right overhead.

At night

It goes away.

 To make handprint:

Paint entire hand yellow. Have student spread fingers and thumb apart as they stamp in one direction. Paint again and turn hand in opposite direction with fingers spread. Continue until rays are formed around the entire sun.


 The Apple Tree

Away up high

In the apple tree,
Two red apples

Smiled at me.
I shook the tree

As hard as I could
And down came the apples,
Mmmmm were they good!

 To make handprint:

Paint palm of hand red. Stamp twice to make apples. Use a fingertip dipped in brown paint to make the stems.


I’m a Little Pumpkin

I’m a little pumpkin

Round and stout,

Packed full of seeds

That you can scoop out!

When I get all carved up,

Then I’ll be

The cutest jack-o-lantern

You ever did see!

To make handprint:

Paint palm of hand orange. Stamp to make pumpkin. Use a fingertip dipped in brown paint to make the stem. Make a jack-o-lantern face with a black marker.


 The Turkey

 This isn’t just a turkey,

As anyone can see.

I made it with my hand,

Which is a part of me.

It comes with lots of love

Especially to say,

I hope you have a very

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

To make handprint:

Paint palm and thumb brown. Paint each finger a different color. When dry, dip index finger in red paint to form wattle. Use marker for legs, beak, and eye.


  Where is Santa?

Where is Santa?
Where is Santa?
Here I am!
Here I am!
Merry, Merry Christmas!
Merry, Merry Christmas!
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Ho! Ho! Ho!
To make handprint:

Paint fingers white. Paint base of palm pink with a thin strip of white above that. Paint thumb and rest of palm red as shown. Use marker to make eyes and mouth. Draw in facial features with a marker.

(I should have used blue index paper for the background. Since I didn’t, the white paint on the calendar on the right was tinted slightly gray to make it visible on the white background.)

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