Don’t forget the valentine handprint art as you’re planning valentine activities for preschoolers and kindergarten kids! These ideas are perfect for kids who love using their hands and fingers to create artistic masterpieces.
Your students can use the valentine hand prints as gifts for their loved ones, or they can decorate the classroom with their creations. Maybe even both!
On top of being fun and creative, these valentine handprint ideas also incorporate a variety of early learning skills for the kids. You’ll find math, sensory, literacy, and science concepts are easily woven into the Valentine’s Day handprint art activities.
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Below you’ll find over 10 valentine hand print ideas to try with your students. I think they’re great for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten kids. But I bet other elementary children would get a kick out of the handprint art, too.
Why Incorporate Handprint Art into Your Lesson Plans?
While I’m a big believer in planning tons of process art activities, there’s definitely room for handprint art, as well! In fact, the valentine handprint art ideas come with their own set of benefits. Here are just a few:
- Thinking outside the box
- Problem solving
- Sensory exploration
- Language development
- Fun keepsakes for the kids and their loved ones
On top of those reasons, hand print art and crafts can also touch on many early learning skills. For example, the Valentine’s Day hand print art shared below include these concepts:
- Color identification
- Following simple directions
- Color theory
- Practicing left and right
- Life cycles (of plants and insects, particularly)
- Early writing
All of that while having a blast painting with their hands and fingers! So if you’ve been concerned about trying handprint art with the kids, I hope these facts allayed some of your concerns.
Tips for Creating Art with Hand Prints
I do have a few tips to share with you before we jump into all the hand print ideas! Take a quick read through and choose the ones most applicable to you and your students.
First and foremost, I don’t recommend forcing kids to make these art projects. Not every child enjoys making art with their hands and fingers. You’ll likely run into a few who will balk at the idea, especially if it involves getting their hands messy. Adapt based on the needs of your students. For some, that might look like tracing handprints on paper rather than using paint. For others, a different type of art project might be requested.
In addition to that, here are a couple more tips when creating valentine handprint art with the kids:
- Keep wipes and paper towels nearby.
- Set up close to a sink if at all possible.
- Work over tile or place a mat/tarp underneath your workspace.
- Explain and model beforehand.
- Let kids take on as much of the art as possible, helping only as needed.
- Let children add their own unique additions to the art.
Supplies for the Handprint Valentine Art
Here are some of the materials you’ll need for the valentine handprint art shared below (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Washable tempera paint
- Acrylic paint
- Construction paper
- Model Magic
Mind you, those are the supplies you’d need if you were making all of the hand print valentine ideas. You might not need quite so much for just one project.
Valentine Handprint Art
Now it’s time for the Valentine’s Day hand print art fun! Since this is a collection, there are multiple links below each collage. I’ve tried to make sure the links correspond to the images within each of the collages.
Take a look through all the ideas. Then pick one or two to learn more about in-depth. To do so, click on the individual links. They lead to the individual projects, where you’ll find more detailed material lists and directions, along with more pictures.
Which of these valentine handprint art projects are you going to try with the kids first?
Be sure to save this post for future reference. If you have a Valentine Preschool Activities Pinterest board, like I do, that would be a great place to bookmark it.
More Valentine Handprint Art Ideas
Here are some templates you can find on Etsy for Valentine’s Day. The first four are printables, with the last one a wooden sign. Fun keepsakes to make with the kids:
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