Last weekend we spent a rainy Sunday afternoon on the first phase of Valentine making. I thought the boys would enjoy potato printing, and stamping heart shapes would be much simpler for them than trying to draw their own. I carved three different hearts out of the potato, made a palette of various tempera colors, and got out red card stock, and white paper with a lined texture. They liked stamping for awhile, then moved on to painting with brushes and drawing with pastels. Each of the older two boys decorated 5 pieces of paper–enough to make 20 Valentines for their classmates–to be cut up later when the paint dried.
We spent the next few days cutting the paper up into smaller rectangles, folding it, drawing half-hearts, and cutting those out. The little artists worked in spurts, cutting for a bit, writing their names for a bit, adding more drawings to the hearts as they thought of special friends who would be receiving the cards.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!