My daughter loves to paint, so today I’m sharing a fun Valentine’s Day painting craft we did recently.
I love crafting and love making things with my daughter. Thinking up an idea, searching online for inspiration, setting up the craft, working on it together, and displaying the final product – it is so rewarding to do crafts with her. Plus, we spread this project over two days, one for each painting, for twice as much fun.< For this project, you will need a large piece of craft paper, one sheet of cardstock, scissors, clear tape, paint, a paint cup, and a paintbrush. You can also use other things to spread the paint around like cotton balls, sponges or cotton swabs. A great recycling tip is to use leftover applesauce containers for painting projects (or for fun sorting games with beans or pom poms).
First step is for you, Mama: Using the cardstock, cut out whatever shapes you’d like your toddler to paint a negative of. You can do this for any holiday or event, but for Valentine’s Day I chose a heart with an arrow through it, and an I HEART U. Tape these down to the large piece of paper and set up with paint so it’s all ready to go.
Step two is for your little one: Paint! If you are having a hard time getting your child to paint over the whole page, you can either spin the paper around so she can focus on a new area, or you can pour some extra paint on the paper and encourage her to spread it out. My daughter always wears such intense, thoughtful looks while hard at work on a masterpiece. She loves mixing multiple colors together to see them swirl around and change, which is why we used pink, white and red for this project.
Step three, again for you to do: Peel off the cardstock and tape from the craft paper to reveal the masterpiece below. I love how you don’t really know what it will look like until the last moment. Also, if you are a perfectionist like me, I suggest that you make sure your hands are paint-free, and move your little one far, far away and make sure they’re preoccupied so you can peel off the top paper without “help.”
The best part is when she walks up to her painting and says, “I made that for you, Mama!”