Fingerprint drawings

Ed Emberley’s fingerprint drawing books were amongst some of my favorite growing up.  I’ve never been artistic or good at drawing, so it was fun to create images that actually looked like what it was I was trying to accomplish.

I was excited to bring home one of the fingerprint drawing books from the library for J to experiment and have fun with.

The best part about this activity is it requires very little.  A couple of ink pads, paper, a pen, and five cute little fingers. Also the simplicity of adding common shapes and lines makes it manageable for little ones.

If your children are anything like mine, they will eventually just want to stamp away with all the ink pads and all their fingers.  Let them go crazy.


  • Christina says:

    Love it! I am constantly doodling. Love how this can bring an added deminsion to my doodles. And well I guess the girls would like it too.

  • em malik says:

    This is so adorable!! thanks for the idea! My kids love getting into my ink, maybe now ill be the one suggesting it to them lol

  • oh I love fingerprint art, done all kinds and usually with paint wich is messy but I didn’t think to use ink and I didn’t know there actually were books about it….:)

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