After stocking up on petroleum jelly for a few DIY lip balm projects, I realized that I still had quite a stash leftover. What to do? Use it for a painted heart negative space art activity! Last Valentine’s Day we did a similar project using paper, glue and glitter. This one lets your little artist explore colors, paint and a bit of science.
Before beginning, invite your child to feel the petroleum jelly. Ask her to tell you what she thinks will happen when she splashes the jelly with the water color paint (have her make a prediction – even if it isn’t technically ‘right’, the idea is for your child to explore, experiment and figure out what happens for herself).
Here’s What You’ll Need:
· White or light-colored card stock paper (or water color paper)
· Valentine’s Day colors of water colors or tempera paint
· A paintbrush
· Petroleum jelly
· A paper towel
Here’s What to Do:
1. Finger paint a heart on the paper with the petroleum jelly. Really let your child layer it on, making this a sensory experience.
2. Optional: Mix your own water colors. If you don’t have ready-made water color paint on hand, you can use those little last bits of tempera instead. I had barely enough red and pink to use for anything. I scooped it out into a small-sized paper cup, added a few tablespoons of water and mixed.
3. Paint over and around the heart. Ask your child why she thinks the water color paint isn’t sticking to the heart (a few drops may, but most won’t). Keep wiping the brush. As it drags over the heart, it will collect the jelly. This may make it tricky for the rest of the paint to stick to the paper (if your child is spreading the jelly around).
4. Let the paint dry for about half an hour.
5. Wipe the jelly off of the paper with a paper towel.
Are you looking for more Valentine’s art activities? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!Follow Mini Monets and Mommies's board Valentine's Day Activities for Kids on Pinterest.