Here are a few projects to get you started, but don't stop here! The books in your local library or bookstore abound with dozens of ideas, but it's even better to use your child's imagination.
Study the shapes different parts of the hand or foot make. Study what happens when you change the way you hold your hand, or if you use only part of your hand. What happens if you overlap prints? Do you need dots? How about fingerprints? Need a line? Perhaps a single finger will work, or you can use the edge of your hand or foot.
Try painting several colors on different parts of the hand at the same time for a unique effect (an example of this is the butterfly project). Another variation is to paint a definite image on your hand or foot and use it as a transfer. You lose the shape of the body part but still have an interesting transfer with the unique lines of your child as a central part of the project. Experiment, and let your child experiment, too.
Mr. Golden Sun
Make this cheerful sun by overlapping or cutting out and layering several handprints, all done with full hand and fingers splayed. Choose bright colors, like yellow, orange, and red.
For a more permanent keepsake, choose a small canvas (found at craft or art supply stores) and have your child first paint it blue or yellow. Then glue your cut-outs or paint your handprints atop the canvas for a polished look.
Apples and Bananas
One of the classic images in art is the fruit bowl, so why not make a really unique one? Red paint only on the palm creates the apples, add two fingerprint leaves and a little stem for finishing touches. The banana is the side of the hand only, or a crooked thumb and lower part of the palm will work as well. Cherry thumbprints are an easy addition—what other fruits can you create?