Summer Fun Kids Craft- Hand and Feet Palm Tree Collage Art

I am a huge fan of mixed media art projects. A lot of my own artwork is created using mixed media or collage. The following project is geared towards preschoolers, however you can always change a few items and have it be a wonderful project for children of all ages!
Summer Fun Kids Craft- Hand and Feet Palm Tree Collage Art 3 year old

Classified: Medium and is great for preschool-aged children and up.

What you need:
  • Acrylic paint: brown, pink, green, blue, orange, purple and white
  • Paint brushes
  • White paper
  • Canvas (I used cardboard)
  • Glue
  • Sand
  • Scissors
  • White paper

What you do:
Hand and feet painted for palm trees
1. Paint the bottom of your child's foot brown and print onto the white sheet of paper for the bark of the palm tree. Paint each of your child's hands green and print each one twice for the palm leaves. Allow to dry.

2. Discuss with your preschooler how the sun looks when it sets in the evening. What colors do they see? Use shades of blue, pink, orange and purple. Teach them how to blend into one another. I found using white first and then painting over it helps with the blending concept. Allow to dry.
Add coat of white first

5 year old sunset

3 year old sunset painting (in pajamas!)

3. Add glue to the bottom half of the canvas and/or cardboard and apply sand. Allow to dry.
Adding sand

4. Cut out the palm tree pieces and glue together on the sunset landscape. If your preschooler is old enough have them cut it out him or her self!
My 5 year old's masterpiece!

Of course we read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition

My little man even got in on the art project. And of course I had to turn it into a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ABC palm tree!

My 1 year old son's Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Palm Tree

For older children you can have them paint in detail a palm tree on a separate sheet of paper and then cut it out - or have them create a printing plate of a palm tree (foam plate) print it first and then cut out. They can even add in detail, such as; seagulls flying, beach blankets, waves, etc.

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  1. What a great idea! My twins are three and would love to do the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom version! In fact, I plan to make Chicka Chika Boom Boom the theme for my pre-k classroom this year so I can use this idea there too. Thanks!

    Twins Plus One, Three Times the Fun

  2. Great, fun idea! Love Chicka Chicka!

  3. I love the sunset landscape, so pretty! This is a favorite book in our house too. We recently made a magnet board chicka chicka boom boom tree & it's been a hit for my preschooler! I'd love for you to check it out:

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  4. Oh that is so cool! I'm definitely gonna have to try that with my son! ...Thanks for stopping by the hop at Where Ever After! Happy to be following you back, I need tutorials lol! Have a great weekend! :) ~Sarah http://whereeverafter.blogspot.com

  5. I love this one - especially the background for the tree. We're going to have to make one for my mom who lives in Florida. And the Chicka-Chicka Tree would be great as a final page for your alphabet book. Maybe add some cut-outs or drawings of the animals from the book that live in tropical areas... Just a thought :D

  6. I LOVE this Aimee! You know I am a sucker for hand/foot print crafts and this one is so much fun - perfect for us here in FL too! :)


  7. This is fantastic! I love that you added all of the different textures with the paint layers and sand and cut out prints. Such a beautiful end product with a lot of artistic lessons along the way!

    -Shelby, anewbohemia.com

  8. Thank you so much for all of your comments! They totally got into the painting aspect of it. Mixed media is sooo much fun!

  9. Wonderful wonderful wonderful! So much fun and the result fabulous!

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