If I’m honest, the last few days have been hard work here. My daughter has been at pre-school in the morning and then we’ve tried to do stuff in the afternoon but I think the most polite version of events is that it hasn’t gone that well. The moment of realisation occurred to me yesterday that instead of racing around Doing The Stuff we should just chill at home and do a bit of art and crafting which in hindsight seems a bit obvious, but then that’s the joys of sleep deprived parenting for you. This activity for painting on foil and glue is one that requires a tiny bit of set up but it’s well worth it. This makes a great Valentine’s Day activity, but I’ve also shared some ideas about how you could change this up for different times of the year.
You will need:
A glue gun
Paint – my daughter chose a glittery red, pint, white and yellow
Painting on foil and glue
I prepared this activity by using my glue gun to draw heart shapes on some tin foil, some of the hearts were filled in but the majority I left for my daughter to paint the middles of. The glue dries pretty much instantly but I find it easier to prepare this in advance without a small person handing over my shoulder.
I gave my daughter an old plastic plate to squeeze her paints onto, I prefer this to paint pots as it allows your kid to mix up the colours if they want to (or for some finger painting) and all it needs is a quick clean afterwards and then you can put it back with your craft supplies.
My daughter loved painting in the hearts and we talked about what colours she was using as well as what happened when the colours mixed together. We also listened out for the noise the foil made as she painted on it and she enjoyed feeling the bumps the glue made as well as the different texture when she painted on the filled in hearts.
Painting hearts on foil is a great activity for Valentines Day but it’s really easy to change it up as well, perhaps you could write their name on the foil for them to colour or make a space rocket and some stars for a space themed art project!
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