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Looking for a fun pig craft for your little ones to do? Whether you’re learning about your favorite farm animals, studying the letter P, or just looking for something to do on a craft morning, this handprint pig is for you. It’s a great way to work on fine motor skills in young children and is the perfect size for little hands. They will love making their own adorable pig.
Materials to Make Your Handprint Pig
To make this adorable craft, you will need a few materials that you might already have lying around the house. These are common crafting materials and can be found almost anywhere. Grab yourself some:
- Pink Cardstock (get two shades, one darker and one lighter)
- Googly Eyes
- Pink Pipe Cleaners
- Black Marker (permanent or washable work fine)
If you don’t have pink construction paper or cardstock, feel free to color plain white paper with a pink marker to get ready for your pig craft.
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Assembling Your Handprint Pig Craft
Putting this precious pig together is pretty simple, but just in case, here are the step by step instructions. Make sure you have all of your materials before getting started and be sure to work in an area that you don’t mind getting messy. This isn’t a super messy craft, but you never know with kids and glue.
- Start by tracing your child’s handprint or cutting out a handprint template onto your light pink construction paper.
- Next, cut out the other template pieces (also using the light pink paper). The snout and the ears are the only things to be cut our on dark pink cardstock.
- To put the pig together, have the face of the pig cover the thumb area of your handprint.
- Using black paint or a black sharpie, color the tips of the finger tips to look like hooves. Cut a small triangle out of each hoove using a pair of scissors. I recommend an adult or older child doing this step so the entire foot doesn’t get cut off.
- Finish your handprint pig off by glueing on a curly tail using a pipe cleaner.
Your completed little pigs will look adorable decorating the fridge, adorning the windows, or displayed in a classroom setting.
If you want to make the pig look like he’s been playing in mud, add a few brown mud spots using a marker or patches of brown construction paper. This fun project will have the kids talking for weeks to come.
Fun Pig Read Alouds for Kids
If you’re like me, you try to pair your crafts with fun activities that teach the kids something or have a purpose. Of course, crafting in itself is a purpose, but why not read a fun book or two before you get started. These fun read alouds are sure to get your kids excited to make their handprint pig.
- What If, Pig? by Linzie Hunter – A fun story about two near and dear friends. One friend worries too much while the other doesn’t consider the consequences. They make a great team! This is a fun story to read before or after completing your Handprint Pig.
- Pig’s Big Feelings by Kelly Bourne – In this story, Pig is learning about friendship, empathy, perseverance, creativity, self-acceptance, and more. This is a fantastic story to read to kids who are still figuring out how to manage their emotions and thoughts.
- Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira – An adorable story about a pig who just wants to make friends. When a cute pink pig shows up at the pond and starts saying “Ribbit”, the frogs wonder if he’s mocking them or wildly confused. Kids will find this story hilarious!
Kids will love these playful titles and will be begging for more as they make their cute pig! Find these titles on Amazon or at your local library.
Pair the Pig with Nursery Rhymes
There are a few nursery rhymes and fairy tales that involve pigs. Why not use this handprint pig in conjunction with a sweet story. Trace your child’s hand as your tell the story of the Three Little Pigs or This Little Piggy. The kids will get a kick out of it and it’s a great way to add a personal touch to your activity.
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