I have great memories of making art as a child. I can still remember the names of my art teachers in school and the classrooms where we were encouraged to make messes and explore. I try to recreate that setting in my kitchen for my preschooler on a regular basis, especially around the holidays.
Do you remember making art with tissue paper as a child? You can do a lot with tissue paper and Elmer’s glue. For Valentine’s Day, my son and I made heart shaped sun catchers for our windows. Very easy!
The positive benefits of art lie in the actual creative process and not the quality of the final product, so encourage your child to do as many of these steps as he can on his own. This is the one area of your child’s life where there is no right or wrong way to do things. Enjoy getting messy and have a happy Valentine’s Day!
- Various scraps of colored tissue paper
- Waxed paper
- Permanent marker
- Elmer’s glue
- Cup or bowl
- Paint brush
- Double sided tape
1. Draw several hearts on a sheet of wax paper with a permanent marker. Ours were about 4-5″ wide.
2. Mix 1 part Elmer’s glue with 1 part water in a cup or bowl. It should be very runny with no blobs of glue visible. Add more water if needed.
3. Using a paintbrush, cover one of your hearts with the glue mixture.
4. Rip pieces of tissue paper and apply them to the heart with a paintbrush slightly wet with the glue mixture. (Note: The tissue will start to tear if you use too much of the glue mixture, so use sparingly.)
5. Repeat until each heart is covered.
6. Set aside and let dry completely (about an hour).
7 . Use scissors to cut out each heart. We added holes to ours with a hole punch and then taped them to our kitchen windows. Alternatively, you could attach string and to each heart and hang them in front of your windows. Since the hearts are very light, you may want to put a couple beads on the string for some added weight.
This blog piece was inspired in part by this post on Marin Mommies.
If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day themed crafts, check out Smyrna Parent’s Pinterest Board.