When I recently talked with my friend Ann of My Nearest and Dearest, I said I wanted to write a little more about the super simple activities we do in preschool. She encouraged me to do just that and pointed out that it’s a nice peek into all aspects of my classroom. Based on her encouragement, I’m sharing an incredibly simple Valentine’s Day craft for kids to make.
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open-ended Valentine’s Day craft for kids
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Black construction paper
Oil pastels – we used pink, white, red, and purple
Tissue paper scraps – I cut out heart shapes on the die-cut machine (for another project) and these were leftover
*If you don’t have a die-cut machine, plain scraps would work, as would hand cutting the heart outlines.*
My goal for this craft
On our art center table, I set out the construction paper, oil pastels, and tissue paper. I hoped the items would draw the children and get their creative thoughts flowing. I love process art with the kids, and I think open-ended craft invitations like this fit right in.
In addition to letting the kiddos use their imagination, I also wanted them to explore different art material combinations. Oil pastels are so fun to work with, but young children don’t often create with them. I happen to have a ton on-hand, so I like pulling them out when possible.
What the kids did
I had absolutely no expectations for this little Valentine’s Day craft, and I loved seeing the kids’ creations. A few of the children used all of the materials – they glued the tissue paper to the construction paper, then created all kinds of designs with the pastels.
Others used the heart-shape as a stencil, coloring the shape in but not keeping the tissue paper on the final product.
Still others just weren’t into it at all and never approached the art table. I had this little invitation out for a couple of days, so interest varied. And that’s okay! Every child isn’t going to be excited about every single activity in the preschool classroom. 🙂
What do you think? Do you have an easy Valentine’s Day craft invitation to share? Or any other ideas you think I should try out? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
Preschool Lesson Plans for Valentine’s Day
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