If there is one thing we have learned over the years around here, it’s that the 2-year-old crowd is seriously excited about doing just about anything that involves glue or paint or fun art – for about 15 minutes.
As parents, setting up and getting everything ready to go takes just about as long. Having them get all revved up and run the other direction covered in paint half way through the craft is, well, disenchanting.
So, when the big kids are at school and we are home getting crafty with the wee ones, the 15-minute rule is heavily enforced. No craft or project or meal prep (or basically any activity of the human kind) shall last more than 15 minutes.
In the Valentines Day craft universe, this is not an easily maintained standard – unless you just throw your hands up, let the kids throw some paint on some hearts and smush it around. Amazingly, this ends up to be a very cute project that could even be considered modern art and you can have a psychology session with yourself after (which you may want to anyway for attempting crafts with toddlers:)) and see what kid-conceived rorschach blots turn up in your subconscious. We got this awesome idea from the crew at The Chocolate Muffin Tree. Thank you CMT for making 10 minutes of our morning messy and fun!
Here’s what you need:
- Valentines colored construction paper (one shade for background, one for painted heart)
- Glue stick
- Tempera paint in loads of colors and paint brushes
- A strong tolerance for a messy art project
1. Cut out two hearts in different colors. One should be larger than the other.
2. Let the kids blot paint all over the smaller heart.
3. Fold it over and then open it up again to see the design
4. Paste them to the larger heart and let dry (or you can do it the other way around)
5. Display and wonder why you hadn’t thought of that earlier.
Ah, toddler art. Enjoy!