These finger painting valentines for kids are gorgeous and so easy to make. Plus, it is a fun process art activity that is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. They’ll have so much fun getting messy and finger painting, and the end result is a beautiful card for them to hand out to friends and family.
And just to make things super easy, you can grab a free printable heart template at the end of this post!
Valentine’s Day isn’t as popular in Australia as it is in the U.S., and it’s a holiday that we haven’t celebrated too much until recently. This year my 3-year-old started Kindy and my 5-year-old started school so Valentine’s Day suddenly got a lot more fun.
Now they both wanted to give and receive cards from ALL of their class. So we have been making and writing on a LOT of cards this month!
While I could have easily gone to the store and purchased a large packet of cards, that wouldn’t be nearly as much fun as making our own. We do a lot of crafts at home and our craft box is quite well stocked.
I don’t like spending too much money on craft supplies, especially if you’re making these with a group or a class. The cost of supplies for these cards was quite low, and you could easily make 20 of these for under $10 in supplies. In fact, I’m sure we spent less than that and we made heaps!
Easy Finger Painting Valentines for Kids to Make
This easy finger painting Valentine’s Day card got a lot of comments from other parents and teachers, and the children were proud of their finished product. The best part is that they did almost all of it on their own.
As I mentioned above, I tried to keep the cost of materials low and use items that most of you will already have around the place. For this card we used:
- White A4 paper (letter-sized paper)
- Paint (we used a variety of colors in the pink/red/white range)
- Glitter – we added this to some of the paint
- Pink (or whatever color you choose) card stock
- Printed Hearts (You can download them at the end of this post)
- Print out the heart templates.
- Set out a variety of paints – we used red, pink, glittery pink (we added glitter to the paint – it’s less messy!) and white.
- Have the children use their fingers to paint the hearts. Encourage them to use a mixture of colors and to cover the entire heart. Overlapping of paints is encouraged as it makes a lovely effect.
- Let the hearts dry. We left ours to dry overnight as my 3-year-old has got a little heavy handed with paint and it needed a bit of extra time to dry. If you’re in a rush you can always get out the hair dryer and hurry along the process. On a nice day these will dry quickly in the sun.
- When the hearts are dry you need to cut out the hearts. I always encourage the children to try to cut these out themselves as it’s a great fine motor skill, but some of them will need help.
- Fold the construction paper in half.
- Glue the 2 smaller hearts onto the front of the card.
- Glue the large heart in the middle of the inside of the card. You can switch these around if you prefer, as you can see from our photos. While it’s nice to have an example for them to follow, it’s just as nice to let them be creative and make up their own design.
Valentines for Kids to Make
This was a really fun activity that works well as an individual craft or as a group activity. I first did this craft with my own children who loved the finger painting part.
I repeated this activity with a group of 10 3-5 year olds, and the process was just as much fun. With the larger group, we completed the activity over 2 days . The first day we did the painting, and on the second day we did the cutting and gluing.
I’m pleased to say that these not only looked great but were well received by their friends! They were very proud of themselves when they handed them out.
Do you have any favorite valentines for kids to make on their own for family and friends?
Grab Your FREE Printable Heart Template
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I’m Carol, an Australian Teacher and the Mum of 2 toddlers who have LOTS of energy. I spend my days finding simple and fun activities to keep them both busy and love sharing our crafts and activities with you. I believe that toddler activities don’t have to be expensive, and that simple activities can provide great learning opportunities for young minds.