Human Body Unit - Fingerprints

We explored our fingerprints by enlarging and coloring them.

Three main patterns of fingerprints dominate our fingers. There are whorls, loops and arches. Loops are the most common and four out of the five in our family have loops.

While visiting a friend I noticed large fingerprints her kids had colored with oil pastels. That experience coupled with the fingerprint activity I read about on The Art Club Blog inspired this activity.  

First we enlarged a thumb print from each child by scanning it into the computer. This turned out to be difficult because the fingerprints were not always clear. We tried several times and went with the best image.
 Next the kids chose how they wanted to decorate their prints.

 My youngest used glitter glue.

 My oldest used markers.

And my son chose crayons.
To see more of our Human Body Activities please visit our Science Page. There are many more Human Body Activities to come picking back up in September.

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  1. this is so awesome, i think ill add some variation of it to our plans next week :)

  2. This is so cool! Actually I love all your body science stuff! Hoping to glean much from it soon! =)

  3. This is SUCH a creative idea! I am so pinning it for when we study the human body!

  4. What a cool idea. You always come up with the best ideas.

  5. Such a cool idea! This would be a great activity to do with a mystery unit!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  6. What a fun idea! I am pinning this!

  7. This is such a creative idea! I love how they look enlarged!! Kids love exploring parts of their body. We always have a fun discussion about attached earlobes when studying genetics:) Thanks for linking up!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

    1. If you could add a link back to Tried It Tuesday, I would really appreciate it:) Thanks again for sharing your amazing ideas!

  8. I have never seen this! I may have to try it out with my boys. Thanks for sharing :) Visiting from the HHH. Jenn@

  9. This is very cool!! Pinning it to remember for my girls! Please come share it with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

  10. Coloring your OWN fingerprint is so much cooler than coloring some random fun! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  11. This is so cool! I love idea and will have to use it when my kids get older! I featured this post on my Kids Co-Op Round Up today!


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