Happy Memorial Day weekend! While this is officially the kickoff to summer, let us not forget what this day actually means: it is a day in which we remember those who died in active military service. Because of that, I wanted to do something that would both allow us to remember the reason for this holiday but also keep the memory of those tiny hands and feet.
First, I found a white rectangular canvas. If you want, you can opt to paint the entire canvas white for a crisp surface.
Next, I put the twins in their high chairs (to keep them contained while we pulled out the paint) and I did a layer of blue paint on each child’s hand (one at a time, cleaning them quickly afterwards). Each handprint went in the left corner. In order to make it easier to remember later, I used David’s left hand (and later foot) and Audrey’s right hand (and foot). Because we two toddlers whose hands are in their mouths constantly, my husband helped me hold his hand.
As soon as the hands were cleaned up, I painted the feet and used them to create the stripes.
Finally, once everything dried, I used a permanent marker and wrote their names below their prints and the date (not pictured).
If you have an extremely fidgety child or one that can’t yet keep their hand open for handprints, you can also do blue fingerprints instead of the full hand.