Easy to Make Stencils for a Valentine Painting Activity with Preschoolers

You can easily make a heart shape stencil for a Valentine painting activity with preschoolers. Painting with stencils is one way for kids to engage in a creative art process while making a beautiful gift for someone special.

Valentine Stencils Painting Activity for Kids - Preschool Toolkit

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Valentine's Day is one of our favorite times of year! We love the pretty colors, textures and designs of the craft materials used in art projects. A painting activity with heart shape stencils is a perfect go-to activity for making decorations to celebrate this special day.

Stencils provide a pattern for decorating cards and pictures with heart shapes for Valentine's Day.

Stencils are easy to make, and fun to use. Kids will love discovering the picture that appears when they lift the stencil off the paper!

 

Valentine Stencils Painting Activity for Kids - Preschool Toolkit

Valentine Stencils Painting Activity for Kids - Preschool Toolkit

 


You can make Valentine heart stencils by following the 3 steps shown above.

1. Fold a piece of 8 x 11 1/2 inch card stock in half. Cut out half a heart shape on the fold. You can do this free hand if you are making the stencil yourself; otherwise, outline a half-heart shape with a marker or crayon for kids to follow with their scissors.

2. Cut another half heart inside the first one, leaving up to a 1 inch (2.5 cm) border.

3. Unfold the heart to reveal a stencil.

 

Valentine Stencils Painting Activity for Kids - Preschool Toolkit


4. Tape the heart stencil to the paper.  Paint inside the stencil (and outside if preferred).

5. Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the beautiful heart shape!

Valentine Stencils Painting Activity for Kids - Preschool Toolkit

 

Make a Valentine collage with various sizes of stencils.

Shake! Shake! Shake! a bit of glitter before the paint dries to make the hearts sparkle.

Hang up your paintings to decorate for Valentine's Day!

 

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