I have recently become obsessed with resist painting for many reasons – cool design, easy pick up and loads of fun for your kids creating color patterns and designs. Applying this concept to Valentine's Day is simple and very sweet. Here is what we did:
- I bought a handful of small canvases (3 inches by 3 inches). Go nuts with size. I bought small because the recipients live far and we have to pop these in the mail.
- I used sticker paper to cut out a heart shape and then centered the heart onto the canvas.
- I got out three small bowls for paint and a few brushes.
- I used red, yellow and blue paints. Before I handed the activity over to my 2.5 year old, I put a base of red paint on the canvas. I wanted to be sure the red came through given the special occasion. Sometime with painting, although always beautiful, the result can be a mish-mash (technical term) of gray and brown when all the colors mix together in the process.
- Then I handed it over to my 2.5 year old. As he painted away I explained what the special reason behind the project. He likes hearts, understand they mean “love” and was thrilled to be sending them to his grandparents. Young children astound me in their understanding of emotions, relationships and the world, generally.
- Then we let it dry. Once dry I pealed off the heart sticker and smiled at the result.
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