Preschool Activities and Printables

Marble Painted Hearts

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Add some glitter to these marble painted hearts, and make some extra-sparkly valentines!

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To make these hearts, you’ll need

  • A pot, casserole, or dishpan
  • Heavyweight paper
  • Acrylic paint (in Valentines colors)
  • Marbles
  • Glitter
  • Scissors

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Start by cutting some hearts.  We used Valentines Day colors, and made our hearts by folding the paper in half, and cutting half-hearts on the fold.  Make sure they’ll fit in the pan you’re using!

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Choose a good heart and stick it in the bottom of the pan.  I added a tiny bit of tape to make sure our heart stayed in place and laid flat.

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Add some paint and a few marbles to a small container (a small Tupperware or even a plastic bag would work – we used the lid of a jewelry box that was headed for the trash).  Roll the marbles around to make sure they get covered in paint, then dump them into your pan.

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Shake up the marbles!  When you’re done with one color, add some glitter!  Repeat the process adding another color of paint (and another color of glitter, if you’re so inclined).

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When you’re finished, remove your heart and let it dry!  You’ve made a beautiful sparkly Valentine! You can repeat the process a bunch of times and make lots of hearts.  Just make sure you clean out your pot before you cook any spaghetti!

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I am a certified K-12 Art Educator who lives, works, and blogs from Philadelphia, PA. I have a background in the studio arts (printmaking, photography, fiber arts and design), and am interested in making, collaborating, collecting, and recording things. One of my main goals as a grown-up is to help kids increase their visual literacy, by exposing them to art history, introducing vocabulary, and teaching kinesthetic art making skills. These lessons in visual literacy often take place in an intentional classroom setting, but just as well might happen at home, working on a project!
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