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Our Obsession with Fingerprint Art

Our Obsession with Fingerprint Art and a Fingerprint Art Book
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I have often raved about Ed Emberley and his books, mostly because the kids like them so much and his simple step-by-step drawings give them the tools and confidence to draw things they might not normally draw. And because they are fun.

Well, every time I mention Ed Emberley here or on my facebook page, I get two main responses—I loved his books as a kid and we love the fingerprint art book. And I smiled and nodded but didn’t get the fingerprint art book because I thought it was too gimmicky.

I mean, why do you need fingerprints when you can just draw?

Ed Emberleys Fingerprint Art Book

But I heard about the fingerprint art book one too many times and finally picked up a copy the next time I was at my local bookstore.

The actual title of the book is Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book, by the way, in case you want to look for it.

Making fingerprint art with a rainbow stamp pad

Of course my kids love this book.

Making fingerprint art with kids

They love making the finger prints.

Making fingerprint art with kids

They love turning the fingerprints into people or animals or flowers or anything with a few strategically placed pen lines.

They love the rainbow stamp pad that I presented with the book.

They love it all.

Here’s a video showing Fingerprint Art for Kids in action! And keep scrolling for even more creative ways my girls used fingerprint art.

Kids Fingerprint Art Examples

Here are some of the cards and artwork they’ve created by using the fingerprint art book as a guide.

Fingerprint Art Flower Garden Picture
Fingerprint Art Characters
Fingerprint Art in Frames
A Fingerprint Art Volcano
A Fingerprint Art Letter

So… I suggest you do what I finally did and listen to all the folks who have been raving about the fingerprint art book. It’s worth checking out.

I bought ours from our local bookstore but I imagine most libraries have a copy as well. Or you can order the book on Amazon for 8 bucks and change.

If you don’t have colorful stamp pads, I recommend grabbing those, too. We picked up a Melissa and Doug rainbow stamp pad at a toy store, which has been fine, but I might try this well-rated Colorbox stamp pad next time.

How about you? Have you tried fingerprint art with your kids yet?

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Our Obsession with Fingerprint Art and the book that started it all


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    August 4, 2015 at 7:54 am

    They carry this book at Michaels too…or at least our store..

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    August 4, 2015 at 7:57 am

    OH! And he’s got a great website with some sample pages, I believe. We love fingerprint art too. :)

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    August 4, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    We’ve used this to make wrapping paper. Since we don’t have stamp pads we do have bingo dabbers so we fill the paper with round dots and use the book as a guide to turn the dots intofaces and birds, Etc. It has given my 5 yr old a little confidence in attempting to “draw”.

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    Cathy F
    August 7, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Yes, thanks to your recommendation, we ordered the book & Colorbox ink pad, and my niece LOVES it! Thank you! We are huge fans of your site.

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    Laura Barta
    August 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I love those books as well. So much fun! I love that it gets you looking at what you’re creating in a different way, taking into account the shape and meaning of the fingerprint.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      August 8, 2015 at 5:13 am

      Yes, exactly! It’s like a fun drawing prompt.

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