Mini Monets and Mommies: Finger Paint Valentine's Day Art, with Clay!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finger Paint Valentine's Day Art, with Clay!

Finger painting is a favorite. That said, not every kid (or every mom) enjoys the oh-so-messy artsy fun. That’s ok. The squish, squash and general splatter of paint isn’t for everyone. So, your child doesn’t want to finger paint a Valentine’s Day card for grandma? No big deal. Try this paint swap art activity instead.

Kids' art

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I’ve done finger paint with clay what feels like a zillion times. It was a quick, easy activity to pull out almost any time when my son was younger. When I taught an art class entirely in the galleries at a museum, I used this project to get the fine motor aspect of painting in while appeasing the security staff (and keeping the artworks safe from tot-toted temperas).

If you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day art activity that mimics finger paint, but is less of a mess, try this out. Yes, it does involve glitter – the little mess-makers are well-known for sticking around in rugs, furniture or just about anywhere else for what seems like months. But, the clay catches the sparkles in a way that keeps them in check.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Card stock paper

·        A marker

·        Scissors

·        Soft modeling clay

·        Glitter

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Fold the cardstock in half.

2.     Draw half a heart, starting at the fold.

3.     Cut the heart out. Open it to reveal the full shape – this is a great opportunity for your child to get hands-on and learn about symmetry and geometry.
Cut-out shapes

4.     Pull the clay apart into dime-sized pieces. Your child can ‘finger paint’ it onto the heart by spreading it with her hands.
Valentine's ArtFinger paint

5.     Sprinkle a few pinches of glitter onto the clay.
Holiday craft

6.     Spread the glitter out. Your child can continue to ‘finger paint’, adding the glitter this time. Not only does this add a special sparkle, but it also provides a sensory aspect to the activity. Ask your child how the glitter-covered clay feels compared to the plain clay.

Holiday art
Are you looking for more Valentine’s Day art activities? Try:

Heart cut-out negative space art

DIY craft heart felt lacing bag

And why not follow my Valentine’s Day kids’ activities Pinterest board?
Follow Mini Monets and Mommies's board Valentine's Day Activities for Kids on Pinterest.


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