And when we see these ancient impressions we feel something. We see the hand raised in class. "Present! I know!" We see the "hands up" gesture of good will and vulnerability. We see the statement "I was here." Every time our little artists trace their hands they are saying the exact same thing today. "I was here."
Once the hand is immortalized on paper there are so many ways to manipulate it artistically: colour around the hand, colour in the hand, add jewelry, cut the hand out, do family portraits in traced hands, turn the hand into an animal or leaf, add the arms and send it is a hug in the mail!
Most importantly, keep in mind - this is not just some random craft that your child has made. Sure it goes on the fridge and will ultimately end up in the bin but by undertaking this simple act of tracing their hand, your child has become part of an artistic movement that dates all the way to Here. Now.