How to Make Hand-Made Hands

by Learning Technologies

Teach simple hand anatomy to students with this hands-on activity!


  • Scissors
  • Foam Plates
  • 1/8" Fabric Ribbon
  • Markers
  • Clear Tape
  • Rubber Bands
  • Straws
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut the straws into tiny pieces, about half an inch long.

    Step 2

    Cut the rubber bands so it is about 7 inches long with out stretching.

    Step 3

    Clear tape on a tape dispenser is ideal for this activity.

    Step 4

    Foam plates

    Step 5


    Step 6

    Children scissors

    Step 7

    1/8" width fabric ribbon cut about 10 inches long

    Step 8

    Place your hand on the plate and trace it with a marker. An adult hand will work best for this activity so there is more space to work with.

    Step 9

    It is preferred to draw/cut a little bigger than your fingers. Also leave on the curl side of the plate for your wrist.

    Step 10

    Step 11

    Bend the fingers to create joints. For the thumb, make two creases, for the rest of your fingers, make three creases.

    Step 12

    Make sure that the bends are coming towards the wrist.

    Step 13

    Step 14

    Turn to the back of the hand and grab 5 pieces of rubber band.

    Step 15

    Grab a long piece of tape and tape the rubber band onto the back of each finger. The rubber bands will act as the tendons in your hand (two people may be required for this part).

    Step 16

    Step 17

    Next grab straw bits, two for the thumb and three for each of the four fingers.

    Step 18

    Tape the straw piece across the finger. The straw will play as the bones in your hands so place them between the joints.

    Step 19

    Step 20

    After you have taped all your "bones", grab 5 pieces of fabric ribbon. (the ribbon will play as your muscles)

    Step 21

    Thread the ribbon through the straw pieces.

    Step 22

    Pull the end of the ribbon to the back and tape it down.

    Step 23

    After threading and taping down all the ribbons, tape another straw piece on the middle of the wrist.

    Step 24

    Thread all 5 pieces of ribbon through the straw piece.

    Step 25

    Bend all the joints again.

    Step 26

    Step 27

    Hold the hand with one hand and pull the strings with your other hand.

    Step 28

    Here is the link to the video on how to make "Hand Made Hands" :