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Just like snowflakes, every fingerprint is different. With the help of some markers and imagination, fingerprints can be turned into truly personalized pictures of flowers, caterpillars, ants and butterflies.

What you'll need:

  • Ink pad or washable markers
  • Paper
  • More markers for drawing

What you'll do:

Have your kids take a good look at their fingertips and yours. Explain that everyone's fingerprints are different, and even identical twins have different prints. (This quick guide [http://www.geocities.com/thesciencefiles/finger/prints.html] to fingerprints will maintain your status as Mom Who Knows All.)

Have a sheet of paper for each child, and let them happily color all over their fingertips with a marker. (Some kids might enjoy using the ink pad instead.) Help them press their colored fingers onto the paper to make different designs: three in a horizontal row make a nice ant, just add antennae and legs; one on top of the other makes a butterfly body, and they draw the wings; or make daisy petals out of fingerprints and color in the center. Finally, they're coloring their fingers with a purpose.

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