Children and adults, too, can learn American Sign Language while creating fun and endearing gifts for parents and grandparents. 1. Create a clay sign of your age or a simple word or expression from air dry clay using the simple basic sign language alphabet found on the links below. 2. Trace your hand onto a double layer of brown paper or brown wrapping paper. You can make one or two sets, using the right hand, left hand or both. Glue the sides and fingers together and stuff lightly with cotton or shredded paper towel. Glue sides and fingers and form hand into a number or word sign. 3. Make an articulated hand from sturdy construction paper to use as an aid to learning sign language. Trace your hand onto a sheet of paper. Young children will want to ask an adult with a larger hand to trace their hand onto a sheet of paper. Draw a line at the end of each finger and thumb on your paper hand. Draw a line at the wrist on your paper hand. Draw a line in the center of each finger and thumb on your paper hand. Now cut the outline of the hand and cut through all lines that you have drawn and reattach with a brad or string. Now you have got a hand that can move easily. Here are some other hand projects 1. Make a handwreath using hands dipped in paint or traced and cut with construction paper and arranged in a circle. 2. A great reindeer-A hand dipped in brown paint makes the anteliers, a traced and then painted shoeprint or a foot dipped in paint makes the face. 3. Hands traced onto cardboard with a nice little letter or I Love You make a great greeting card stuffer. 4. Don't forget hand and thumprint postcards and greeting cards. 5. Handprint T Shirts are always in style. 6. For a Creepy Hand-Thin plastic gloves purchased at beauty supply stores can easily be filled with popcorn tied at the end with raffia, and painted with red tempera fingernails. A great multicultural project- Use crayons to create a crayon resist body painting, by first tracing the child's hand and arm. Tell a story through African symobls, and then paint the drawing in black watercolor tempera. Alternative-Australian Aborigines Symbols-Another body painting culture and corresponding paint. A Parent and Me Hand Sampler Trace each hand onto cloth. Cut, and Glue to Construction Paper. Draw in Chalk or Paint Faux Stitches around the Connecting Hands. Just for Fun Trace your hand onto a sheet of paper. Design a special ring for a special occasion. Or imagine that you are a King or Queen of an Ancient Empire, what would your rings or bracelets look like? Another fun project Make a shadow puppet with your hand by putting your hand in front of a bright light and exploring the different characters that can be created by the shadow that it casts on the wall. Ask a friend to put a sheet of paper on the wall and draw the image. Now draw it again and change it for some imaginative, inspired fun characters. A Neat Thanksgiving Turkey Dip your hand into orange or brown paint. Apply it to a sheet of paper. Next paint each finger a different color and apply it to the orange or brown handprint-the fingers are the feathers. Now dip the side of your hand into brown paint-that's the head and body. Your finger tips dipped in paint will finish off the feet.
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