Painting with toddlers and preschoolers is really, really hard, even in the good times, but they love nothing more than seeing how the streak of a brush changes a piece of paper. This is a pretty simple way to bring paint into your artful home.
What you need:
- Heart shaped paper (a bit thicker so it doesn’t rip when soaked with paint)
- Paint (we chose pink, sparkly pink and purple)
- Paint Brush
What to do:
I precut the heart, only because The Little Artist isn’t yet able to so more than cut kind of straight lines with scissors. Of course if your little artist is able to, let them cut the heart shape themselves. Then I squirted a bit of each colour of paint onto a plate for The Little Artist to easily dip her brush into.
I then gave a quick “lesson” on symmetry and gave some simple directions. I told her she only needed to paint on one side of the heart, and put the paint plate on the other side as a reminder not to paint there. The Little Artist then painted until she felt she was done. I don’t ever stop or tell her to do more. As the artist of her piece, I leave it up to her discretion as to when she has completed her piece.
When she was done painting I helped her fold the heart down the centre and then she rubbed her hands all over the paper heart, spreading the paint from one half to the other. I then helped her open the heart, revealing the new symmetrically painted heart. She enjoyed doing this so much, she asked to do another…for her brother, of course.