Handprint and Footprint Reindeer

This paper reindeer is easy and fun to make.  Kids love tracing and cutting out the hand and footprints.  If you are working with very young children, they will still like the tracing and gluing.  All you need is some paper and glue.  The wiggle eyes add a cute touch but you could make the eyes with paper or draw them on with a marker.

You will need:

1.  Brown construction paper

2.  White or black construction paper

3.  Glue

4.  Scissors

5.  Wiggle eyes or a marker

6.  Red paper or a red pom pom .

Just add eyes and a nose
Two handprints and a footprint cut out of paper 1.  On the white or black paper, trace and cut out a handprint for each hand.  On the brown paper, trace and cut out a footprint.
The handprints make antlers and the footprint makes the face of a reindeer 2.  Glue the handprints together at the base with the thumb facing down.  Glue the footprint, toe side up, to the hands.
Just add eyes and a nose 3.  Give your reindeer eyes and nose.

Did you know that Santa only had eight reindeer until 1939?  That is when the first story featuring Rudolph appeared.   Gene Autry recorded the now universally known song "Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer" in 1944.  The story and song made Rudolph so popular that now it is rare to find a picture of Santa and his sleigh without Rudolph and his glowing nose lighting the way.


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