What do you think of when you hear the word … fingerprint?

Do you think of the fingerprints you clean off the windows of the car, house, and/or classroom?

Do you think of the fingerprint crafts made by kids?


According to Wonderopolis #458:

Your fingerprints are unique. That means that no one else in the world has the exact same set of ridges and lines that you have on your fingers. Not even identical twins have the same fingerprints.

Your fingerprints also stay the same from the time you’re born until death. Their uniqueness and lasting quality make fingerprints one of the best ways to identify a person.

Fingerprints are pretty special, unique, and a great way to describe a person …



In her Art Class Inspiration blog, Kathy Jones has another way to present … and even CREATE “fingerprints” ….


Just from looking at this inspiration fingerprint, what can you learn about the person who created it?

Do you think the colors this person used is a reflection of him or her?

What does the choice of font (style of writing) indicate about the personality of this person?

Why do you think some words are larger and in a different color?

Do you think the writing that creates the fingerprint was planned or the result of a free-write experience?

What do you think of the way the words are written and arranged?

I think this could a great Back-to-School and/or Getting-to-Know-You activity. What an interesting way to learn about someone else … and even learn some about yourself!

There could be some similarities but each and every created fingerprint will be unique …

The creation of this Inspiration Fingerprint could serve as the beginning of a writing project or even a compare/contrast project.

Think about a character in your favorite story (or even the last book you read), how would that character’s fingerprint be different from the one shown above? Challenging students to create an Inspiration Fingerprint for a book character or historical figure could even be a form of assessment …

What are some other things you could do with this idea?

Whare are other ideas you get when you look at/think about this project?


I actually found this image looking at Pinterest. When I clicked on it, it took me to a Tumblr page. At the bottom of that page, there was a link to the  Art Class Inspiration  blog.

Even though the resources on that blog are/were shared to inspire art teachers, I am not an art teacher and felt inspired ….

Look around, notice things, and explore some links ….

You never know where inspiration will find you …

Also, make sure to share your ideas since you never know what may inspire someone else …


image from Art Journaling Tumblr page

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