This handprint Lorax craft reminds us that unless you care a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. Fun craft with a great message!
It is amazing how a children’s book written in 1971 can so accurately depict world events of today. If you don’t believe me, check out The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. It talks about a business tycoon who destroys the environment for his benefit, and how he pays no heed to any warnings. Sounds familiar, right?
Well, that’s the magic of Dr. Seuss and just one of the reasons that his books are still as relevant today as they were decades ago! The Lorax, in particular, has a message that is very important today, which is why it has been listed in the list of “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children”.
Since Dr. Seuss Day is coming up, and the environment is still being misused for people’s greed, we think it’s the right time to remind everyone of the Lorax’ message – with a cute and easy handprint Lorax craft that features not just the Lorax, but the Truffula trees too!
Handprint Lorax Craft for Kids
- Craft papers in different colors
- Colored markers
How to make the Handprint Lorax Craft:
1. Download and print the handprint Lorax craft template. The template contains parts of the Lorax – the handprint-body, eyebrows, mustache, eyes, nose, and mouth – as well as parts of the Truffula tree – stem and top.
2. Trace the parts on craft papers of the appropriate colors and cut them out. Of course, the Lorax is orange, so his body, i.e. the handprint will be orange. You can also get your little one to put his hand on orange paper so you can draw an outline and cut it out. Go with yellow for the hairy bits and pink for the mouth.
3. For the Truffula trees, you can use yellow or light brown for the stem and any bright color of your choice for the top.
4. Color in the eyes using blue and black markers. Don’t forget to leave a little white space for a twinkle in the eyes!
5. Let’s start putting our handprint Lorax craft together! Begin by sticking the eyebrows at the very top of the handprint. Make sure the handprint is placed so that the fingers are facing downward.
6. Time to add that big bushy mustache – stick it so that it’s somewhat in the middle of the handprint. Make sure there’s enough space for the eyes between the eyebrows and mustache.
7. Stick the little orange nose right in the center of the mustache. Glue on the eyes under the eyebrows.
8. Our Lorax needs a mouth to speak – after all his voice is important! Stick the small mouth under the mustache.
9. Time to move on to phase 2 of our handprint Lorax craft! Put the Lorax aside and gather the parts of the Truffula trees, starting with the stem.
10. Using your black marker, mark thick horizontal stripes on the tree, giving them a jagged appearance.
11. Your handprint Lorax craft and Truffula tree are done!
Now go ahead and create more Truffula trees in different colors – the more the merrier!
Once you’re done making this handprint Lorax craft, you may like to check out the movie based on the book, also named ‘The Lorax’. It is believed that the Truffula trees in the book were inspired by the Monterey cypress trees of California. This could also be a good time to check out different kinds of trees and how they contribute to the environment!
If you enjoyed this craft, you may also like these Dr. Seuss crafts:
- Handprint Thing1 Thing2 Craft
- One Fish Two Fish Origami Craft
- Horton hears a Who Toilet Roll Craft
- Horton hears a Who Quilled Paper Craft
- “Oh the Places you’ll Go” Hot Air Balloon Craft
- Thing1 Thing2 Bookmark Craft
- Paper Plate Cat in the Hat Craft
- One Fish Two Fish Paper Quilling Craft