Helping Hand


Build self-esteem and competence as helping habits are recognized and displayed.


1. Discuss these questions: What do you do to help each other in school? Your family? Your friends?

2. Trace handprints on paper with Crayola® Washable Markers and Washable Multicultural Markers. Work with partners to trace hands. Select a matching skin color for the hands.

3. Draw pictures or write words to describe how these hands help other people. Adults or more advanced students can write words for younger children or those with disabilities.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.


  • Make handprints in Crayola® Model Magic® as a keepsake for families.
  • Trace the hands of, and interview, other people in the school to find out how they help students. Talk with custodians, cooks, bus drivers, librarians, volunteers, and other staff. Display all the Helping Hands.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Multicultural Markers
  • Construction Paper



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Children build their sense of competence and self-esteem as they recognize how they help others.

  • Students increase their regard for human diversity by realizing how people care for each other.

  • Children communicate how their hands are helping hands by drawing pictures and/or writing words.


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