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Winter Cardinal Handprint Craft For Kids (W/FREE Template)

Are you ready for a fun and festive activity that will bring a touch of winter magic into your home? Let’s get creative with a cute cardinal handprint craft that’s perfect for kids!

Whether you’re a parent looking for an engaging weekend activity or a teacher planning a fun classroom project, this idea is sure to be a hit.

Plus, the finished project makes a delightful keepsake that you can proudly display on the fridge or a bulletin board.

Gather your little artists and get ready to spread some cheer with this delightful winter project! Also, browse through all of our winter crafts for more fun ideas!

Handprint Cardinal

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Kids will love transforming their handprints into bright red cardinals, creating a beautiful piece of art that celebrates one of winter’s most loved birds. This activity is not only a great way to get kids to do something hands-on, but it also offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about cardinals and their role in nature.

It’s so exciting for kids to turn just a few simple supplies into something totally new and different.



Start by downloading the cardinal template and printing it out. Once you have the template printed, gather the materials needed for this fun activity. Get those scissors ready, and let’s help the kids bring this bird to life!

Hand holding Cardinal Handprint Craft template

First, encourage your child to glue the black head spot to the head of the cardinal.

Hand gluing the black face mask of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Next, glue the eyes to the center of the black spot.

Hand gluing the eyes of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Now, help your child to place the beak to the right of the eye and glue it in place.

Hand gluing the beak of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Trace your child’s hand on the red cardstock, cut it out, and glue it to the center of the body with thumbs pointed up and fingers pointed towards the left.

Hand gluing the handprint of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Create the branches by gluing the branches to the background paper.

Hand gluing the paper tree of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Use a white marker or paint pen to draw snowflakes around the background paper and branches.

Hand drawing the blinking stars of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Finally, guide your child to glue the cardinal on the branch.

Hand gluing the cardinal bird of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Be sure to check out our handprint crafts for kids while you’re here! Your kids will love creating more fun DIYs like this one!

Hand holding finished example of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Easy Winter Ideas For Kids

Don’t let the fun stop here! From easy DIYs to educational printables, we’ve got endless ideas to keep your kids entertained and engaged this winter.

Best of all, these activities can be done right from the comfort of your own home! Keep the creativity flowing with these fun ideas.

Two finished example of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Children’s Books About Winter

The Biggest Snowman Ever – When the mayor of Mouseville announces the town snowman contest, Clayton and Desmond claim that they will each make the biggest snowman ever.

The Snowy Day – This story shows a child’s wonder at a new world and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.

Sneezy The Snowman– Sneezy is COLD! And he’s trying to warm up without success. But, the kids know exactly how to help him!

Hand holding finished example of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Winter Crafts For Children

Photo Eskimo Craft For Kids – Your kids are going to love this adorable project! Using a photo of their face, your kids can create their own Eskimo, complete with a fuzzy winter outfit. Just download the free printable template and gather some basic supplies to get started.

Rocking Snowman Craft – This brrr-illiant project is perfect for little ones who love to play with their creations! With a few simple materials like paper, scissors, and glue, your child can make their own interactive snowman that rocks back and forth.

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Yarn Penguin Craft – Get those fine motor skills working with this cute yarn penguin activity! As your kids wrap yarn around the penguin’s body, they’ll practice hand-eye coordination and strengthen finger muscles! Plus, it would be an adorable decoration to display throughout the winter season.

Polar Bear Tissue Box Craft – Combine recycling with creativity to make this cute polar bear tissue box! Not only is it fun to make, but the finished project is also functional as a tissue holder for those winter sniffles! Download the free template and let your child’s imagination run wild with this adorable idea.

Kids’ Winter Activities

Our penguin dot to dot printables are a great way to combine learning and fun! Your child will practice counting and tracing as they connect the dots to complete each cute image. This activity is perfect for preschoolers or young children starting to learn numbers!

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Don’t let the cold weather get your kids down! Instead, embrace it with these snowman do a dot printables. They can use bingo daubers, stickers, or even cotton balls to fill in the dots and complete each page! We love laminating these sheets to make them reusable for even more wintery fun.

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Your kids will love these free printable polar bear worksheets! They will have so much fun practicing their handwriting, letter recognition, and cutting skills with these cute and educational worksheets. Plus, the polar bear theme is perfect for the winter season!

Finished example of Cardinal Handprint Craft

These winter preschool prewriting printables are a great way to introduce writing skills to your little ones. Each page has a different tracing activity to complete. Use winter-themed manipulatives (like white pom poms or mini marshmallows) or markers to follow the dotted lines!

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Hand holding finished example of Cardinal Handprint Craft

Cardinal Handprint Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make this easy cardinal handprint craft for kids this winter!


  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White paint pen
  • Cardinal template


  1. Download the cardinal template, print it, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by gluing the face spot to the right body of the head.
  3. Next, glue the eyes to the center of the face spot.
  4. Now, place the beak on the right side of the eye and glue it to the back.
  5. Trace your child’s hand on the red paper, cut it out, and glue it to the center of the body with thumbs pointed up and fingers pointed outward.
  6. Create the branches by gluing the brown paper to the background paper.
  7. Use a paint pen or white gel marker to draw snowflakes around the background paper.
  8. Finish off by gluing the bird to the branch.

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Friday 26th of January 2024

I want this craft, it is so cute! Thanks :)


Friday 26th of January 2024

Thanks! This is one of the few crafts we have that doesn't have a template, but you can read how we made it in the directions section.


Monday 8th of January 2024

I want this Thank you


Tuesday 9th of January 2024

This post is one of the few that we don't have a template for, but the directions explain how to do it ◡̈


Monday 17th of April 2023

Where is Template? couldn't make it with my class


Tuesday 18th of April 2023

This is one of the very few crafts that doesn't have a template to go with it.


Monday 26th of November 2018

Unable to get template

Sam T

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

Hi! There's actually no template for this craft because you can create the shapes easily. There are directions and if they aren't clear, you can also watch the video. Hope this helps :)

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