How 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 a fun way to engage kids in a creative art process while supporting fine motor and sensory play.
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Valentine's Day is one of our favorite times of year for crafting. The colors and textures of craft materials provide a ready invitation for kids and grownups to engage in art projects.
Painting with stencils is a great creative art activity for kids. 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!
Painting with stencils
A painting activity with heart shape stencils is a perfect go-to activity for a Valentine theme.
Stencils provide a pattern for painting heart shapes on cards and pictures. Share homemade cards with family and friends or make decorations for the home or classroom, to celebrate this special day.
How to make heart shaped stencils
1. Fold a piece of 8 x 11 1/2 inch card stock in half. Cut out half a heart shape on the fold.
If kids are cutting out the stencil, draw a half-heart shape with a marker or crayon for kids to cut out.
2. Cut out the center of the template, leaving up to a 1 inch (2.5 cm) border.
3. Unfold the heart to reveal a stencil.
4. Tape the heart stencil to a sheet of paper. Paint inside the stencil - and outside if preferred.
5. Carefully lift the stencil to reveal the beautiful heart shape!
Make a Valentine collage with various sizes of stencils.
Shake a bit of glitter over the design before the paint dries to make the hearts sparkle.
Hang up your paintings to decorate for Valentine's Day!