Here in Colorado, it has been snow, snow, and more snow!
With a high of a mere 8 degrees, we decided to call it a snow day today and stay indoors! But the question is: How do you keep a toddler entertained inside all day long?! Especially when we get stir-crazy easily. I opted to bring out the big guns and attempt an art project. Not just any art project--a paint project! I had just mopped our kitchen floor, so I felt like this was particularly risky. I decided to try out this "hidden messages" art project that I did with my first grade students each year.
These hidden message valentines are tons of fun to make! Kids love to paint the hearts to find the secret messages!
I printed out some simple heart templates onto cardstock. (Although I think that regular old paper works even better, as I learned later on.) Using a white crayon, I wrote some messages in the hearts. You definitely need to press as hard as you can. This is why using regular paper works better; the cardstock I used was probably too thick.
I used to write my students' names in the hearts, but you could turn them into conversation hearts. Or you could even just write letters and practice letter recognition. But I like to do the writing part in secret so finding the message is a big surprise!
Next, using water colors (thicker paints won't work) simply paint over the hearts. Little Man needed a bit of help, but the fact that his paint hit the paper was a triumph!
As you paint over the hearts, the hidden messages will slowly appear. Kids really get excited as they see these messages appear!
We decided that this would be a fun valentine to make for Dad! We painted the entire heart, and then cut it out and mounted it on cardstock.
Daddy will have a fun surprise when he comes home!
This project was simple, sweet, and cheap. Perfect for a kids' project!
Have a happy day!