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Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

Easy Heart Craft – A Fun Technique with Geometric Shapes

easy heart craft valentine's day

This easy heart craft is a fun project for kids! The hot glue border guides little artists to stay in the lines to make geometric shapes! 

Create Geometric Shapes with This Easy Heart Craft

If you are a young kid, creating geometric shapes inside a heart shape may not be the easiest task! That’s why creating a hot glue border is a genius way to help guide these budding artists to stay in the lines!

Kids will have fun filling in the shapes while utilizing the raised edges in between to keep colors separate and vibrant! This is a fun craft to do during Valentine’s Day or as a fun art project while learning about shapes! 

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How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

How to Make This Easy Heart Craft

Setting up this easy heart craft for your kiddo can be done in minutes! You’ll see how I outlined the shape of a heart using hot glue and randomly created shapes inside.

Hot glue dries super fast, so in no time, my daughter (aged 3) enjoyed painting inside the lines with her huge watercolor set!

Tips for Making This Easy Heart Craft

Hot Glue. You’ll need a hot glue gun for this, so make sure you heat it up in advance! 

Watercolor Paper. You’ll need some thick paper to create this art project! Hot glue will adhere to this kind of paper perfectly.

Heart Shape. One of the trickiest parts of creating this heart craft is the grown ups job of making the heart shape! If you find it is difficult to make a symmetrical heart freestyle, you can always trace in pencil first!

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easy heart craft valentine's day

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Use a hot glue gun to make the shape of a heart.

Step 2

Inside the heart, make geometric shapes of your choice!

Step 3

Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

Step 4

Cut the border around the heart, optional!

Step 1

Use a hot glue gun to make the shape of a heart.

Step 2

Inside the heart, make geometric shapes of your choice!

Step 3

Provide a watercolor set and paint brushes to decorate and paint!

Step 4

Cut the border around the heart, optional!

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook
easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Want more projects after doing this easy heart craft? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

arts and crafts kit marbling

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

arts and crafts kit sand art

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

Valentine Handprint Craft – Make This Adorable Bee Mine Keepsake

valentines handprint craft

This Valentine handprint craft is so adorable! It’s a fun and simple craft for the kids to make for Valentine’s Day! Using a leftover toilet paper roll proves that once again, you can easily make something adorable out of items that you were just going to toss in the trash! 

Where a Valentine Handprint Craft Collides with Paper Tubes

Can we all just agree that heading to the store and trying to buy Valentine’s cards is a lot of work? It can be super stressful at times to try to pick out options from the ones that are left at the store.

This is why I love this fun Valentine activity. It allows the kids to be a part of creating their cute Valentine and lets us create fun memories together as well.

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How to Make This Valentine’s Handprint Craft

This is so simple to make! You can see the easy steps that we took to create this fun Valentine’s Handprint craft. 

In the video, I demonstrate the process, but this is definitely a project that the kids can do from start to finish! Of course, they may need some help tracing their dominant hand!

How to Make This Valentine’s Handprint Craft

This is so simple to make! You can see the easy steps that we took to create this fun Valentine’s Handprint craft. 

In the video, I demonstrate the process, but this is definitely a project that the kids can do from start to finish! Of course, they may need some help tracing their dominant hand!

Tips for Making This Valentine Handprint Craft

Tacky Glue. We used tacky glue to create these Valentine handprint crafts because it is a strong adhesive that dries super fast!

Paper Roll. If you’d like to sterilize your paper roll before using it in a craft, you can bake it on your oven’s lowest setting around 200F for 20 minutes.

Handprints. Getting handprints from young children can sometimes be tricky. Instead of tracing, you may want to use a mess-free stamp pad instead!

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valentines handprint craft

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Cut a yellow piece of paper the length of and width of your paper tube. Cut three black stripes of paper and glue them in a bee-like pattern on the second half of the cut yellow paper.

Step 2

Glue the yellow and black paper around the paper tube. Hold for 30 seconds while the glue dries. Cut two small stripes of black paper for the antenna, and for a festive Valentine’s look, glue two small pink hearts to the top.

Step 3

Glue the antennas to the paper tube.

Step 4

To make the wings, trace your child’s hands on white paper, and cut out the handprints.

Step 5

Glue the wings to the paper tube. Add googley eyes and a smile to make your bee come alive!

Step 1

Cut a yellow piece of paper the length of and width of your paper tube. Cut three black stripes of paper and glue them in a bee-like pattern on the second half of the cut yellow paper.

Step 2

Glue the yellow and black paper around the paper tube. Hold for 30 seconds while the glue dries. Cut two small stripes of black paper for the antenna, and for a festive Valentine’s look, glue two small pink hearts to the top.

Step 3

Glue the antennas to the paper tube.

Step 4

To make the wings, trace your child’s hands on white paper, and cut out the handprints.

Step 5

Glue the wings to the paper tube. Add googley eyes and a smile to make your bee come alive!

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook
easy to make play dough recipe homemade no cook

Valentine’s Day Themed Printable Activity Worksheets!

If you are looking for even more fun activities to do that have a Valentine’s Day theme, definitely check out our printable worksheets!

These Valentine’s Day activities are a fun way to play and learn! The set includes over 15 Valentine’s Day themed activities that strengthen early childhood education skills, including scissor skills, tracing, the alphabet, coloring, numbers, matching, writing, phonics, and so much more!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Want more projects after doing this spider handprint activity? Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

arts and crafts kit marbling

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

arts and crafts kit spin and spiral art

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

arts and crafts kit sand art

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

arts and crafts kit string art

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls

Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls

Scented Play Dough – How to Make Rose Swirls 

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This rose scented play dough recipe smells divine! It is a fun activity to do around Valentine’s Day. Keep on reading to find out how we make it!

Give A Scented Play Dough Gift!  

After you make this scented play dough, you may want to give it to all your friends (like we did!). Put the play dough into a small jar and pair it with a heart-shaped cookie cutter and rolling pin and you’ve got the most adorable Valentine’s gift for kids!

This play dough recipe is sensory-packed! Not only is including a scent amazing, but the swirls are so easy to make and fun to look at. Once kids begin to play with the dough, it also becomes a lesson on color mixing – what color does white and red make when combined?!

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How to Make Swirl Rose Scented Play Dough!

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this play dough recipe! You’ll see that my son (age 3 years old at the time) enjoyed doing most of the steps on his own!

Grown ups, of course, will need to mix in the boiling water. And, depending on a child’s age, it may be preferred for a grown up to create the layers and cut the dough into swirly sections!

How to Make Swirl Rose Scented Play Dough!

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make this play dough recipe! You’ll see that my son (age 3 years old at the time) enjoyed doing most of the steps on his own!

Grown ups, of course, will need to mix in the boiling water. And, depending on a child’s age, it may be preferred for a grown up to create the layers and cut the dough into swirly sections!

Easy to Make Play Dough – Tips and Tricks!

Mix while hot, but use caution! 

I wear gloves and mix the *very hot* play dough by hand to make sure that the dough is kneaded thoroughly, which spreads the heat, dissolving the granules to make a smooth texture. Don’t have your kiddos do this part!

Why is my batch too sticky?

Too much water was added! If too sticky add a little more flour.

Why is my batch too dry?

Not enough water was added! If too dry add a little more water.

Do I need to add oil?

The coconut oil gives the dough a super silky texture. You could also use glycerine. Alternatively, other vegetable oil will work too, but I’ve found that coconut oil makes it super silky!

What is cream of tartar, and do I need it?

The cream of tartar is a preservative and it makes the play dough have a longer shelf life. You can omit it, but the dough will not last as long!

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How can I store and how long does it last?

Play dough can last up to 6 months if stored in a sealed container. We like using 4oz jars as pictured below. But with all things that kid’s touch, there is risk of germs entering once touched, so always be sure to look for mold – seen as black dots. If black dots form, it’s time to throw out!

Materials

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl.

Step 2

Add the rose extract and coconut oil.

Step 3

Add food coloring into the 3/4 cup of water.

Step 4

Boil the water. (In my microwave, it takes about 2 minutes to reach best temperature.)

Step 5

Mix the water into the flour mixture, transferring to a flat surface to knead until smooth and not sticky. Don’t miss my note above about wearing gloves to protect your hands from the heat!

 

Step 6

Repeat above recipe except skip the food coloring to make plain white play dough.

Step 7

Roll out 2 layers of white and 2 layers of red.

Step 8

Stack the layers on top of each other in red, white, red, white order.

Step 9

Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

Step 10

From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

Step 11

Cut into individual portions and enjoy!

Step 1

Mix together the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a bowl.

Step 2

Add the rose extract and coconut oil.

Step 3

Add food coloring into the 3/4 cup of water.

Step 4

Boil the water. (In my microwave, it takes about 2 minutes to reach best temperature.)

Step 5

Mix the water into the flour mixture, transferring to a flat surface to knead until smooth and not sticky. Don’t miss my note above about wearing gloves to protect your hands from the heat!

Step 6

Repeat above recipe except skip the food coloring to make plain white play dough.

Step 7

Roll out 2 layers of white and 2 layers of red.

Step 8

Stack the layers on top of each other in red, white, red, white order.

Step 9

Use the rolling pin to flatten all the layers together a little more.

Step 10

From bottom to top, roll the play dough into a roll to desired thickness.

Step 11

Cut into individual portions and enjoy!

The Importance of Playing with Play Dough

Playing with play dough in general is such a sensory rich experience. The tactile experience provides wonderful hand strengthening opportunities. Rolling, squeezing, twisting, pulling, and more — all of these actions are great for fine motor skills.

When you add a scent into play dough, it takes the sensory experience to the next level. This recipe had rose extract, but you could incorporate lots of different types of scents. Lavender, for example, would be a great way option for a calming, soothing recipe!

For more sensory play activities visit our comprehensive list!

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scented play dough rose valentine's day kid activity school gift

The Importance of Playing with Play Dough

Playing with play dough in general is such a sensory rich experience. The tactile experience provides wonderful hand strengthening opportunities. Rolling, squeezing, twisting, pulling, and more — all of these actions are great for fine motor skills.

When you add a scent into play dough, it takes the sensory experience to the next level. This recipe had rose extract, but you could incorporate lots of different types of scents. Lavender, for example, would be a great way option for a calming, soothing recipe!

For more sensory play activities visit our comprehensive list!

 

More Sensory Bases to Explore

Here are my top picks for sensory bases you can buy!

sensory sand play for kids

Sensory Sand

Sensory sand is moldable! This bulk pack comes with enough to fill an entire bin for lasting fun! Bonus points for including a storage bin!

mad mattr sensory dough modeling dough

Modelling Dough

This modelling dough compound NEVER dries out! It is a fun texture – it is stretchy like play dough, moldable like kinetic sand, and odorless.

play dough wild dough sensory

Premium Play Dough

This play dough is the cream of the crop! It is ridiculously silky and smooth, lasts for 6 months, and is scented!

slime kit sensory play for kids

The Ultimate Slime and Putty Kit

This kit includes 8 fascinating varieties of slime and putty, including premade putty, magnetic slime, glow in the dark putty, and so much more.

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Red and White Make What Color: Mix the Heart

Red and White Make What Color: Mix the Heart

Red and White Make What Color? Mix the Heart

This mix the heart activity is a perfect way to answer the question: red and white make what color?

Best part for the grown ups? It is a mess free way to explore color mixing! I’ll show you how easy it is to set up this simple project that teaches children the basics of blending colors!

Explore, Red and White Make What Color, and More! 

Plus, for the super color mixing fan, we have an awesome (and FREE) printable that allows kids to explore colors, mixing, shades, and tints! Keep reading to get it!

This activity is super adaptable. Celebrating Easter? Make a carrot! Is Spring in the air? Combine blue and red to make a purple flower. The options are endless!

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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Watch the Video to Answer the Question – Red and White Make What Color?

Your child is going to really enjoy this activity! If your kiddo is asking questions about color mixing, like red and white make what color, then this is something fun to create together!

This is quick to set up from materials you likely already have at home!  You don’t need any special art skills either – it’s so easy!

Watch the Video to Answer the Question – Red and White Make What Color?

Your child is going to really enjoy this activity! If your kiddo is asking questions about color mixing, like red and white make what color, then this is something fun to create together!

This is quick to set up from materials you likely already have at home!  You don’t need any special art skills either – it’s so easy!

What Are Shades and Tints?

In addition to asking the question – red and white make what color? –  this activity is a great opportunity to discuss what shades and tints are.

First off, let’s make sure your kiddos have a basic understanding of primary and secondary colors. Primary colors are red, yellow, and blue. Secondary colors are created after mixing primary colors together. They are green, orange, and purple.

Understanding shades and tints takes color mixing to the next level! Shades are when black is added to a color to give it a darker tone. And you can change the tint of a color by adding white to make it a lighter tone.

By adding white to the color red, you are making the tint lighter to become pink!

Materials 

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, trace the outline of a heart and then use a sharp knife to cut out the shape.

Step 2

Remove the white label on the plastic bag all you need to do is rub it off with an alcohol swab or a cotton swab soaked in nail polish.

Step 3

Put the red and white paints inside separate parts of the bag to avoid mixing.

Step 4

Close the bag while removing the air bubbles.

Step 5

Tape the top of the bag to ensure it doesn’t leak.

Step 6

Tape the plastic bag down to the table and then tape the cardboard down to the table as well (to avoid it moving around while your child is mixing the colors).

Step 1

On a piece of cardboard, trace the outline of a heart and then use a sharp knife to cut out the shape.

Step 2

Remove the white label on the plastic bag all you need to do is rub it off with an alcohol swab or a cotton swab soaked in nail polish.

Step 3

Put the red and white paints inside separate parts of the bag to avoid mixing.

Step 4

Close the bag while removing the air bubbles.

Step 5

Tape the top of the bag to ensure it doesn’t leak.

Step 6

Tape the plastic bag down to the table and then tape the cardboard down to the table as well (to avoid it moving around while your child is mixing the colors).

FREE Printable Activity for Exploring Color Mixing

If your kiddo asking questions like – red and white make what color? You can’t miss our printable Hands on Color Mixing Activities. This printable set has 5 unique activities for exploring color mixing!

Enjoy coloring and distinguishing each of the colors in the rainbow! Then, learn all about what happens when primary colors mix to form secondary colors. Next, learn about shades (making colors darker) and tints (making colors lighter). And finally, go over all those concepts in a final round up review!

FREE Printable Activity for Exploring Color Mixing

If your kiddo asking questions like – red and white make what color? You can’t miss our printable Hands on Color Mixing Activities. This printable set has 5 unique activities for exploring color mixing!

Enjoy coloring and distinguishing each of the colors in the rainbow! Then, learn all about what happens when primary colors mix to form secondary colors. Next, learn about shades (making colors darker) and tints (making colors lighter). And finally, go over all those concepts in a final round up review!

Store-Bought Color Mixing Toys

Here are my top picks for store-bought items that teach color mixing for kids!

Color Mixing Glasses

Layer colored lenses in the plastic glasses to see different shades of colors all around you!

Steve Spangler Science Color Fizzers

This set of 100 tablets comes in primary colors. You can mix the colored water to create different colors.

Splash of Color Kit

This great kit includes a mini mixing tray, color mixing tablets, and pipettes for creating an amazing splash of colors!

Watercolor Set

This set includes paint, brushes, and paper. Watercolors are a classic way to watch colors mix and create new shades.

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