Here is a simple printmaking craft for preschoolers that can be made more elaborate for older kids, but can even be done with babies with assistance. My son is three years old and enjoyed this fun holiday project. (It can easily be done without the heart theme too, just use circles or squares instead of hearts.) At the end you will have a bunch of heart shapes with your child’s handprint that can be used as Valentine’s greetings for family and friends.
Little ones’ handprints have always seemed sweet to me. Since my son was an infant I’ve been periodically making his handprint to remind me how little he once was. Using handprints in crafts with young kids is a fun way to keep track of their growth and can make a nice keepsake for parents, a grandparent or special relative.
I found foam hearts precut and packed for a dollar at Target. Local craft stores (A.C. Moore, Michael’s) also sell heart shapes precut from foam sheets or you can purchase foam sheets and cut your own shapes. I also used a wooden heart shape purchased at A.C. Moore as a stencil for construction paper heart cutouts. I like using the foam cutouts as I found that the paint made the paper curl up while it dried, whereas the foam stayed flat.
- Foam or construction paper heart shapes, sized larger than your child’s hand. Foam works best, but construction paper is fine too. (Tip: if you plan to cut out your own hearts, it is helpful to do this ahead of time when crafting with preschoolers! Older kids can help cut too.)
- Washable white finger paint or kid-friendly white paint
Kid’s scissors, if cutting
Pencil, if needed for tracing
Heart shape for tracing, if needed
Optional Embellishments: stickers, glitter glue, washable markers, ribbons, glue stick, bits of colored paper, rubber stamps and ink
- Plastic or paper plate for paint with sponge, foam brush or brayer/roller
- Wet washcloth or damp paper towels for cleaning hands
- Butcher paper, freezer paper or old newspaper for covering work surface. (I like using freezer paper or old brown bags cut open. It doubles as an extra coloring surface.)
- Cookie sheet, to use as a drying rack
For other fun preschool Valentine’s craft ideas, check out Everything Preschool.
You can find more crafting and preschooler adventures by visiting Diane’s blog Knitting Zeal.