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A Valentine’s Day Paint Activity for Toddlers

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I’d like to preface this post by telling you that while I LOVE to do crafts and activities with my kiddos… my capacity for mess is fairly small. Not even because I can’t handle the messes, but because I have *four children* and our messes escalate very quickly from being manageable to looking like a tornado went through.

So, my goal is to find activities that have MINIMAL effort for me (ex: no mess) but MAXIMUM reward for my kiddos (ex: joy). So glitter? Get out of here. No freaking way. Paint? That should be another no freaking way, but I have one paint activity for toddlers that is mess-free and all of my kids love to do.

Today, I’m going to show you how to do this painting activity as a cute Valentine’s Day craft! But, you can also 100% adapt this craft to suit any holiday or activity.

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Valentine’s Day Splatter Paint Activity

Writing this post is giving me all the feels because I first did this art project when my oldest was 3… and now he is about to turn TEN and I have another 3-year-old. So much has changed in 7 years, but I still am wary of painting activities with kids.

Especially toddler painting activities… *shudder* But THIS art activity is actually mess-free, with very little effort to set up and it’s a lot of fun.

Toddler Paint Activity Supplies

Here are the supplies you’ll need to do this activity! And guess what? You don’t even need a paint brush! You probably have many of these supplies around your house.

  • A clean, empty jar or can, with a secure lid (I used a coffee can.  The lid probably wasn’t as secure as it should have been, but it worked fine.)
  • Cardstock
  • Washable Paint (reds, pinks, and whites are best!)
  • A few marbles, pebbles, or even pennies.

Toddler Paint Activity: Tutorial

You’re going to start by cutting your cardstock so that it fits inside your can or jar.

I went ahead and cut mine into small hearts to start, but you can always cut them into hearts after the paint has dried.

tutorial for a toddler painting activity for Valentine's Day

Drop your marbles or pebbles into the jar and add a few drops of paint! I had my toddler count the pebbles as he put them into the jar.

tutorial for a toddler painting activity for Valentine's Day

Place the lid on and CAREFULLY hand it to your toddler. Have them hold the can so that their fingers are holding the lid down and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! They will love shaking the can and hearing the noise from the marbles.

tutorial for a toddler painting activity for Valentine's Day

Once they’ve given it a good shake, carefully remove the cardstock. Since you’re using washable paint, you might be comfortable with your little one removing it themselves, but this is a task that I always do.

tutorial for a toddler painting activity for Valentine's Day
tutorial for a toddler painting activity for Valentine's Day

My kids LOVE seeing the final product! Once they have dried, you can have them sign their name (or the first letter of their name) on the back to work on some fine motor skills.

You can also decorate them with Valentine’s Day stickers, or have your child use a hole punch to create some holes in the paper as another sensory activity, or use a glue stick to make a collage!

tutorial for a toddler painting activity for Valentine's Day

P.S. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram! I post lots of our family fun on my stories 🙂

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Mae

Sunday 12th of February 2017

So cute! I love any craft ideas that are easy enough to do with my little girl. :-)

Natasha

Thursday 9th of February 2017

Love this! Very cute yet so simple! Perfect!

Caitlin

Thursday 9th of February 2017

Thank you! We had fun with them until my toddler got distracted and ran away :)

Jennifer spor

Tuesday 7th of February 2017

I love this! It brings back fond memories of my childhood :)

Gina

Monday 6th of February 2017

Such a great idea!

Caitlin

Monday 6th of February 2017

Thank you!

Tara white

Monday 6th of February 2017

Looks great and like a lot of fun! I think you are more crafty than you're giving yourself credit for:) coffee date soon? And kids play date? I can host if you'd like:)

Caitlin

Monday 6th of February 2017

Yes! I'll text you :)

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