Every year I make a Christmas ornament with my kids for our tree plus one for Grandparents. My daughter made the five snowmen/hand print snowman ornament at school when she was 4 and I have always loved it. So, I decided to make it at home and am pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.
I bought the 6 red Christmas balls at Dollar Tree for $0.25!!! I went to the US on a girls weekend away a few weeks ago and I have to say I am officially jealous of all of you who live by a Dollar Tree. So the grand total for this entire project is....drum roll please....25 cents!!! 25 cents to make 2 ornaments (one from my son and one from my daughter) for me, 2 for my mom and 2 for my mother in law!! I could not be happier.
Christmas balls (medium size, solid color of your choice)
White craft paint
Sharpie markers in a few colors
Put craft paint on a paper plate and have your child press their hand into it.
Tie a ribbon around the top and you have a grandparent gift!
A few additions to this post:
If you are doing this with really little hands, use the small ornaments and paint their hand with the paint. This will work far better.
If you don't like how the fingers look after you have put them on the ornament, you can easily wash the paint off the ornament and start over (as long as the paint is still wet). This is the joy of working with non-permanent paint :)
As someone mentioned in the comments, there is a poem that goes with this. I personally don't use it but here it is for those of you who want the poem:
These aren't just five snowmen
As anyone can see.
I made them with my hand
Which is a part of me.
Now each year when you trim the tree
You'll look back and recall
Christmas of 2010
When my hand was just this small!