Heart Craft For Toddlers

valentine's day ideas for toddlers

My son was aching to use this crinkly red paper that came in a gift basket last week. So I gathered it and some other random red materials for some “messy art” which is my son’s name for a collage.  He loves pretending he is a garbage truck dumping the materials into the landfill. I am all for pretend play during art time! Collages are a fun way to use up scraps, and make beautiful art.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, scissors, a marker, glue , red paint and /or glitter glue, and a mix of red materials like tissue paper, foam, construction paper and fun red paper like these fillers.Heart Collage Craft
  2. Start by having your child if they are able to cut the paper into smaller pieces. Scissor skills are very important so working it into a project like this is easy , logical and saves you step!Heart Collage Craft
  3. While they do that cut open the cardboard and draw a heart.Heart Collage Craft
  4. Paint it red!Heart Collage Craft
  5. Add glitter.Heart Collage Craft
  6. Add glue. I wiggled the paper as he held the glue, which he thought was hilarious and it prevented big globs.Heart Collage Craft
  7. Add your materials. Heart Collage Craft This step took 3o seconds- he drizzled a few then he dumped them on and smashed them down.Heart Collage Craft
  8. Let dry and cut out.Heart Collage Craft

My son liked doing this so much when I took his heart to dry he grabbed the extra materials and made one all by himself! Heart Collage Craft Both are proudly displayed !

Heart Collage Craft

Matisse would be proud… I hope !

Scrap Paper
Masterpiece !

I love art, I specifically love Henri Matisse. My love affair with his work started many years ago now my son has a Matisse print in his room and I look at it every night as I snuggle him to bed. I think exposing our kids to fine art at a young age is a great idea, if they can find Dora in a busy toy store, why not appreciate Matisse, Klimt or Picasso? Matisse is a great artist to try to copy because in his final years he didn’t paint, instead he used painted cut outs. It’s easy to collage in his style for a great tribute. We made our version of Matisse’s masterpiece
“The Snail”.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need multicolor scrap paper, plain white paper, scissors and glue.
  2. Look at the masterpiece you want to pay homage to. I love this painting and when I showed my son a few different ones he liked this the best.
  3. Cut the paper needed. I tried to copy the shapes and colors best I could but there really is no need to be exact. If your child is able to cut let them cut it out.
  4. Add glue to the edges.
  5. Add the frame pieces.
  6. Have your child ad some glue and start placing pieces. At first I was directing it and things were fine, but then I heard ” I do it!” so I conceded. If I am going to preach allowing your child to do it, I best practice that too.
  7. Add the rest.
  8. Let dry .
I am so excited my son had fun – especially after I sat down and played photographer only, because later when I showed him the Matisse on the computer he said ” I make, glue!” which in his toddler language was ” I made that with glue!” I was so pleased that he got it!