Valentine’s Day Art

Cooperative marble painting-Trace and cut out a large heart shape onto white construction paper. Draw a jagged line down the center of the heart-dividing it in half . On each half of the heart print: “We are friends, this is true. So here is half of my heart from me to you”. Pair students together. Place their heart into a shallow tray or bakery box. Roll several marbles in red, pink, and purple paint. Put the marbles into the box with the heart. The students need to work together to roll the marbles around the box, creating interesting designs with the paint. When the heart is dry, write on both halves of the heart, the names of the students who worked together and the date. Each student gets to take one half of the heart home! A nice reminder of school time friends!

I took a empty candy box that had the divided sections in it, and glued pictures of each student in each section. In the remaining empty sections I glued valentine stickers, and colored paper hearts for color.

I hung this on my door, with a banner that read “valentine sweets”

(my box was hinged, so you may have to make a hinge for yours) The children and the parents love to see what’s in the box!

Every Valentines day, we create Valentine’s boxes for the valentines we will be receiving from our classmates. We ask parents to donate a shoe box for their child and we spray paint it white or red. We have the children decorate it with lace, hearts, sticker, heart doilies, glitter, confetti, beads, bows tissue and any other collage items you can think of…The children can write their names on it when finished. We have them sit with it at circle or at the table at our valentines party as each child puts a Valentine’s card into box.

Cut out a heart in red construction paper and paint both of each childs hands white and make their handprints inside the heart with their finger tips at the bottom point of the heart. My parents loved them and the kids loved it to.

A playdough handprint heart for parents/grandparents, etc. Use the playdough recipe to make soft playdough. Fill a heart shape cake pan half full of pink playdough. Make sure the top is as smooth and even as possible. Place a child’s hand in the center of the heart and create a nice handprint. Bake at 200 until hardened. Be careful not to brown. Allow to cool completely before removing from cake pan. Use a small cookie cutter to create 1″ hearts. Bake and harden. If you don’t have a small cookie cutter, you can use precut foam heart shaped hearts. Using hot glue, place two smaller darker pink playdough hearts on the top left hand side of the large heart. Using a fine point black marker, write how old the child is in years on one small heart, and months on the other. Now on the right-hand side of the large heart add one small darker pink playdough heart. Using the marker, write the child’s name. Playdough Recipe:

21/4 C Flour

1 C Salt

1 Tsp. Cream of Tartar

4 Tbsp. Veg. Oil

11/2 C Boiling Water

Red Food Coloring

Combine flour, salt, cream of tartar. Add food coloring to water and add to mixture. Blend well.

This is a great gift for loved ones!


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