Simple hand drawings

Age: from 12 months (or younger if your child will keep their hand still)

Time: 2 minutes

Equipment: paper and crayons or coloured pencils

Development: fine motor sskills, names of body parts, comparing sizes, numeracy

This is such a simple thing, but toddlers seem to love it. Simply hold their hand palm down on the paper and draw around.  You can count their fingers as you go, if you like.

When your child raises his hand and sees his hand shape, you can take the opportunity to name the fingers and hand, count again or colour it in.

It’s nice to sometimes draw around your own hand after, making their hand be inside yours. You can talk about big and small, and it’s a lovely (but very simple!) keepsake if you do it every few months and see his little hands grow.

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