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May Flowers Handprint Shopping Bag
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This colorful spring craft provides families with a precious—and practical—keepsake!

This activity is appropriate for:
pre-k – 3rd grade / 4 – 8 years

You will need:

Before you begin:

  1. Set up a painting station in your classroom with space for three to four students to work at one time.
  2. Cover the table with a layer of newspaper or butcher paper to protect the surface.
  3. Place a pie tin or plate on the table for each paint color you plan to use. Then pour a shallow layer of paint into each tin or plate.


  1. Invite three to four students at a time to join you at the painting station.
  2. Give each student a tote bag and have students place their tote bag flat on the table in front of them.
  3. Instruct students to place a flat sheet of newspaper or butcher paper inside the tote bag so that the paint will not bleed through.
  4. Have students dip a circular sponge into a paint color and stamp it onto the middle of their bag. This will create the center of their flower.
  5. Have students choose a different paint color for the handprint flower petals. Help each student dip a hand into their chosen paint color and place their painted hand onto the bag so their fingertips are facing outward from the circle, toward the outer edges of the bag. Repeat this process four more times around the center circle so that the five handprints create the flower petals.
  6. Have students complete the flower painting by using a paintbrush to add a green stem and leaves, if desired.
  7. After the paint has dried, encourage students to take their springtime flower bag home to use as a shopping bag—or as a gift for their mom!

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Giant Valentine
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Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year Drums
Handprint Heart Frame Photos
Valentine’s Day Door Wreath
Valentine’s Day Card
Valentine Tic–Tac–Toe
Love Bug
Valentine Mailbox
Cup of Cocoa Valentine’s
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Valentine Necklace
Valentine Caterpillar
Valentine Learning Centers
Patriotic Pencil Holders
Presidents’ Day Masks

March Holidays
Shimmering Shamrocks
Shamrock Door Hanger
Leprechaun Hunt
Leprechaun Hat Pencil Holder
Saint Patrick’s Day Pop-Up Card
Rainbow “Pot of Gold”
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
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Celebrating Earth Day
Recycled Robots
Caterpillar Garden Critters
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Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day Puzzle Photo Frame
3-D Mother’s Day Card
Mother’s Day Tea
Mother’s Day Bouquet
Mother’s Day Teacup Cards
Mother’s Day Card
Bear Hug Mother’s Day Card
May Day Basket

Father’s Day
Shirt & Tie Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Trophy
Father’s Day Frames
Father’s Day CD Photo Coaster

Patriotic Holidays
Independence Day Drum
Fourth of July Firecrackers
Uncle Sam Hat
Star-Spangled Shaker
Stars & Stripes Place Mat
Star-Studded Napkin Rings
Patriotic Noisemakers
Foam Star Paper Chains
A Flag Day Parade

September Holidays
Grandparents Day Card

October Holidays
Spooky Spiders
Halloween Countdown Calendar
Handprint Bat Hats
Jack-O’-Lantern Jars
Giant Pumpkin

November Holidays
Giving Thanks Centerpiece
Turkey Trot Relay Game
Fall Table Settings
Turkey Plate
Veterans Day Flag
Pattern Block Turkeys
Being Thankful Sunflowers
Native American Rattles
Colorful Napkin Rings
Pilgrim Hats
Turkey Place Card Holders
Colorful Cornucopia
Turkey Handprint Apron
Turkey Memory Match-Ups
Remember the Day in Photos
Pin the Tail on the Turkey
Thanksgiving Table Art
“A Festive Feast”
Brain Teaser Game

Terrific Turkey Centerpiece

December Holidays
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Peppermint Candy
Handprint Plates

Holiday Treats Gift Bag
Holiday Scrapbook
Gingerbread Man Notepads
Holiday Card
Decorative Gift Tags
Holiday Card Stand
Holiday Candle Holder
Holiday Snack Sticks
Celebration Candle
Candy Cane Ornament

January Holidays
“I Have a Dream” Quilt
Party Masks
New Year’s Hat
New Year’s Rocket
Sharing the Dream of Dr. King

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