- Gather the materials: hearts cut from construction paper and scrapbook paper (various sizes), crayons, glue.
How to Make Valentine's Day Art Projects With Your Kids That Enhance Their Creativity
When selecting an art project for your child, you should ask: Does it foster the three i's -- imagination, innovation, and independence? If not, it's probably not worth the time and trouble. Too many art projects kids do in school today are just made for show – to look pretty on bulletin boards and to impress parents. But they do little or nothing to get children's creative juices flowing. Most of them are teacher-directed, meaning the youngster copies the teacher's sample in a step-by-step way that involves little originality. This Valentine's Day project with hearts is ideal because it pushes kids to think for themselves and design something that's personal and unique.
Letting kids get creative means adults need to let go of preconceived ideas of how they want the project to look. Remember, when doing art with children, the process is always more important than the product. Here's what you need for this simple project with hearts:
2. Let your child use the hearts to make a picture -- something concrete or abstract. Have them use crayons to add details and create a background. Ta-dah!
Sample Or No Sample?
Through many decades of teaching art at preschool and kindergarten, I strongly recommend not having a sample. When I have one, it immediately shuts down the children's creativity. Some kids become determined to make their project look just like mine and can't imagine anything else.
I've been amazed at how original children become when there's no sample. Their imaginations have no limit. Adults just need to let go of having neat and tidy projects that all look the same. They need to accept children's art for what it is with all its uniqueness and imperfection.