Making a baby footprint painting

I finally had a chance to make a little footprint painting with my grandson!  Let me say right out of gate that this was no easy task to do all by myself…

I wanted to try and make a footprint painting while Kai was still just a few weeks old so I could have it to hang in my studio. The first thing I had to figure out was how to set Kai up so I could pull this off without a hitch. I didn’t want Kai getting mad at grandma…

I tried to think of everything I would need…

  • a wet wash cloth for clean up – check
  • a towel for drying – check
  • paint all ready to go – check
  • canvas set close by – check
  • baby secured in his seat – check
  • camera on, lens cap off, and facing the right way – check

All ready to go…

Painting the foot comes first. I just dipped Kai’s whole foot in the paint. Holding that little foot up with paint on it and manipulating the camera to take a picture was a challenge all by itself…

Then I gently pressed his foot on the canvas. The first time didn’t turn out so great. I had way too much orange paint on his little foot…

I got better by the time I got to the yellow paint…

Once all the flowers were on the canvas, I washed Kai’s feet the best I could but he was getting a little tired of grandma messing with his feet by this time…

So I took Kai out of his seat and while he took a little nap, I finished my work of art…

A little blue for the sky and a little green for the grass and flower stems…

My very first grand baby painting!  I now have a new appreciation for infant teachers when they have to make hand prints or footprints for a parent gift from every baby in their classroom. Whew!

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By |2011-06-10T07:30:38+00:00June 10th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Amy Beukema June 10, 2011 at 8:49 am - Reply

    As a new grandma and preschool teacher…I love this idea and will try it this summer with my precious Oliver.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      We sound like we have a lot in common Amy!

  2. artsy_momma June 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh… I can’t believe you made this all by yourself and that many footprints! I usually have my hubby hold the baby 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      I spilled paint on the little seat in the process – perhaps next time I should wait until I have help:)

  3. Alyssa June 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Oh this is beautiful. I just had a baby girl and I think I’ll make one of her and one of my toddler son’s feet. What a precious little keep sake.
    Thanks for the great idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you Alyssa 🙂

  4. Lil' scholars University June 11, 2011 at 3:32 am - Reply

    This is so sweet! I love it! Th for sharing! 🙂

  5. KM June 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Such a special first!! You could scan the masterpiece and make precious pack of mini thank you notes for your daughter. 🙂 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Oh – what a cute idea!! I will do that:)

  6. Mrs. Myra October 22, 2011 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Aww, Deb! How beautiful. That’s going to be a treasure to share at age 18…see how grandma loves spending time with me!

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