How to collect handprints:red 2

  1. Get two plastic bins.  In one, put warm, soapy water.  In the other, put a washable red paint mixed with water.
  2. Have a lot of paper towels available!
  3. Take pieces of white paper, 8.5” x 11”, and cut them in half.
  4. Cover the surface where people will make the handprints so none of the red paint will damage anything.
  5. Ask people to dip one hand into the red paint, then make the handprint on the half sheet of paper. Sign their name and, if they’re willing, their age.
  6. Set the handprints aside to dry.
  7. When you collect a lot of handprints, display them at your school or other public place, along with information about child soldiers. Go to  for worldwide resources.
  8. Mail the hands, with a letter asking to end the use of child soldiers, to

red hands


United Nations

760 United Nations Plaza

New York, New York 10017


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