traced hands with glued quinoa

Quinoa Handprints

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My kids love tracing their hands. My son has mastered how to do this on his own and is often eager to help his little sister with her own hand tracings.  I love the idea of my kids working on an activity together, which is why we tried out this quinoa handprint craft.  This went over great while I put together our Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad.

This craft also provides a great opportunity to share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient:.



    • Quinoa is actually a seed and a not a grain. In fact, quinoa is harvested from tall green plants, and the part of the plant that we eat is the seed.
    • Quinoa has been cultivated in South America for thousands of years.
    • Quinoa is high in fiber, which helps keep our heart and digestive system healthy.
    • Quinoa is considered a Superfood. Superfoods are natural foods that are packed with lots of nutrients and vitamins. They support your health in a major way and some even work to fight disease. Other superfoods you probably like are blueberries and avocados.  

This craft can get a little messy, so I recommend pouring the quinoa into a baking sheet with a rim to prevent pieces from flying everywhere when kids press their paper onto the quinoa. Also, quinoa is a more expensive grain, so if you want to save your extra quinoa for a future meal, use rice for this craft instead.


Featured Ingredient: Quinoa

Corresponding Recipe: Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad

Skills supportedFine motor (tracing, gluing, painting), math (measuring), following instructions


  • 1/2-1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • Rimmed baking sheet or tray (make sure tray is big enough to hold your piece of paper)
  • Pencil
  • Glue (Elmer’s Glue worked great)
  • Foam paint brushes


Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.

  1. Set aside 1/2-1 cup of uncooked quinoa and pour into baking sheet.
  2. Using a pencil, lightly trace 1 or 2 handprints on a piece of paper. 
  3. Retrace the outlined handprints with liquid glue. Use a paintbrush to pain the interior of the handprints with glue.
  4. Turn paper over and press firmly onto tray of quinoa. Turn paper back over and examine quinoa handprints. If handprints are not fully covered in quinoa, add more glue and repeat step 4.

Note: *For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.

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