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Fingerprint Lift | Easy Crafts for Kids

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Fingerprint Lift

Here's an amazing trick that lets birthday guests try their hands at a little forensic science by lifting their own fingerprints.


  • Pocket mirror
  • Soft pencil
  • Sandpaper
  • Tape
  • White paper


  1. Individually, have each kid press his or her fingertip on a pocket mirror.
  2. Cover the entire print with graphite dust by rubbing a soft pencil with sandpaper. Blow gently to remove excess dust.
  3. Carefully stick a strip of tape to the print and slowly peel it off.
  4. Stick the tape to a piece of white paper, and the print should be distinct.