Watercolor Heart Craft for Toddlers


"How about pink?  or yellow...  Oh! or red" I exclaimed to my toddler as she was ready to rub her wet paintbrush into the black watercolor pot....  

My vision for our recent heart craft was colorful, whimsical, and fun.  Instead, she went for the darkest color on our watercolor palette and coated the hearts with a thin layer of black paint. 

Why?  Why do little ones LOVE painting with black?  Needless to say, I joined in the watercolor painting, too, and added the the bright colors to sweeten up our watercolor heart banner.  

Together, we made an easy heart craft to display in our dining room homeschool room.  

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For the record, I have nothing against black paint. ha!  It's just not want I envisioned for our watercolor heart craft.  Regardless, this easy heart craft is great for toddlers and preschoolers.  Bringing out paint- of any kind- is always exciting for all my kids. 

But with toddlers around, you've been warned.  Your banner may not be red, purple, and pink, but it will be created with lots of love!  

Add this to your Valentine's Day activities for toddlers... or preschoolers to-do list! 

Easy Heart Craft for Toddlers

Just grab a few materials around the house and you've got a sweet and simple Valentine's Day decoration that is easy enough for your toddler to make!

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Heart Craft for Toddlers How-to

Begin by tracing around a heart shaped object or drawing hearts free-hand on a piece of white watercolor paper or card-stock.  

With a crayon, write phrases similar to the conversation heart candies, such as:
U R Sweet

Provide your toddler or preschooler with the paper of drawn hearts, watercolor palette, paintbrush, and cup of water.   Invite your child to paint the hearts; if keeping with traditional Valentine's Day colors, encourage him/her to use red, pink, and purple.  

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Allow the watercolor hearts to dry.  

Then cut all of the hearts out.  If you have a preschooler who is working on his/her scissor skills, this is a great time to get them involved!  Preschoolers love cutting!

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We used our watercolor hearts and made a festive strand of garland.  However, you could simply tape them onto the wall!

To make the garland, it's super easy!  Lay the hearts face down on your table and lay the piece of string across the hearts.  Use two pieces of tape per heart to fix the hearts onto the string.  I found it best to tape the string to the top of the hearts, otherwise the hearts may tilt forward when hung up.  

Tape the ends of your garland to a shelf, your mantel, etc. and you have a sweet keepsake that your toddler and/or preschooler helped put together!  

This easy heart craft is surely a fun way to learn and play today! 

easy heart craft for toddlers and preschoolers


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