Although Valentine’s Day is always about showing people that you love them, the feelings associated with it seem to change over the years. When I was little, I used to love making cards for my family – the colours red and pink seemed to feature a lot, as did hearts and flowers. As I moved towards my teenage years, it became a day that I looked forward to and yet dreaded in equal measure. Would I get a card from a mystery boy, did I have a date for the evening, would I be the only one of my friends to have been forgotten? Then, once I met my husband it became a day to look forward to and celebrate, but as life gets busier with children (unless we make a real effort!), the day seems to evolve again and now it encompasses not just us, but it becomes a family celebration. This current version is my favourite of all!
Valentine’s Day is now celebrated with heart shaped cookies that are iced and covered in sprinkles, multiple cards being exchanged (I hope the newsagent understood why I bought multiple cards all swearing devotion and undying love!) and other heart shaped craft activities. I’d like to share a couple of really simple ones with you today.
Folded Heart Painting
- Fold a piece of paper in half on the long side (minimum A4, larger if you have it)
- Cut out half a heart shape, so that when you unfold it you have a heart.
- Get your little one to paint on one side only, and then fold the other side over the top and press down.
- When you open it you have a beautiful symmetrical painting.
Marble Heart Painting
- Draw a picture of a heart on an A4 piece of paper
- Place it in a high sided tray or box
- Dip some marbles in paint and put them on your paper. Move the tray so the marbles go from side to side leaving a trail of paint.
- When your little one has finished their masterpiece, leave it to dry and then cut out your heart shape that you drew earlier.
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