Hand Circles – simple, visually attractive, but what do they actually do?
Ideal for any age group, from early years to high school, this is a popular display idea. It is often used as a quick display for transition days but it can also be done as a whole school collaboration to hang in a shared area.
This idea lends itself to transition days as it is a simple activity with a visually attractive outcome. There is no need to get the paints or glue out and the result gives an impression of inclusion. After all, everyone can cut round their hand or colour in a flower…
Top Tip – use dark green or blue backing paper
As you can see from this lovely example (from Nadine on our Facebook page) it works really well done on a black background. Black is not always the easiest colour of paper to find at this time of year though, it will work just as well on a really dark green or blue.
Is it working?
At this point most people are quite happy with their pretty display. All the children have contributed, so it ticks the ‘ownership’ box, and it looks good for visitors. What more do you want?
Well, these displays can look a little tired, particularly if you repeat the same format every year. I have a few suggestions that might enhance the impact of the display and make it a little more personal to your class.
5 Ideas for Adding More Personalisation
Try one or more of these ideas to make this display unique to your class.
- Names on the hands. Can work but it is hard to make sure all the names are visible. Try first names only and put them on the middle finger.
- Use Mehndi (henna) style decoration on the hands. Fun to do and looks good. Stick to one colour per hand and perhaps a limited range of hand colours. Younger children may struggle so this works best in Keystage 2 and above.
- Children write three wishes for the coming school year on the back of their hand. (One for themselves, one for the whole class and one for their family.This one is my favourite!) Younger children can be helped or draw simple pictures. These will be hidden in the final display but the children will know they are there.
- Use flowers created by the children rather than pre-printed ones. It is easy to find ideas for 3D flowers that are very simple to create.You will be amazed and delighted by how good they can look!
- Instead of plain paper let the children choose to cut the hands from old gardening magazines, flower catalogues, seed catalogues, or even old floral wrapping paper. Wall paper samples can work too if you have them.
All these ideas are aimed at making the display something unique to this group of children, something that they will feel is part of them.
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