Hand Print Calendar: August

homemade calendar for august with hand print sun and sun poem

{Looking for a fun way to review the days of the week and months of the year? Try this hand print calendar! Students are sure to love the “hands on” artwork as well as the special poem for each month. If completed before the holidays, this makes a spectacular (and functional!) Christmas gift for mom and dad!}


The month of August evokes memories of brilliant sunshine, camp outs (and other outdoor activities), and the last days of summer before the school year officially begins. What better picture for the calendar than a bright yellow hand print sun?!

Supplies You'll Need

How To Make A Hand Print Sun

hand print sun and poem about a sun

Help students paint their entire hand with yellow washable paint.

hand painted with yellow paint

Have students press their hand to the white construction paper (palm in the center and fingers pointed toward the top edge of the page).

Use this first print as a starting point. The palm will begin making the circular "body" of the sun and the fingers will be its rays. Have students add hand prints in a clockwise motion, re-coating their hand with paint before each new print, until a sun emerges!

hand print sun

The Poem

Bright Sun

  • Bright sun shining down,
  • Shining on the ground.
  • What a lovely face you have,
  • Yellow, big, and round.

Type and print the poem onto craft paper using word processing software and have students glue it to their calendar page.