Cookie Cutter Hearts

 
 
An easy technique for your toddler to make heart-shaped imprints!
 
(E was 26 months old.)




You’ll need:

  • Paper.
  • Paint (we used tempera).
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter(s).



 

How to make Cookie Cutter Hearts:

  • Place some paint in a bowl or plate that’s big enough to dip the cookie cutter in.
  • Dip the cookie cutter in the paint.
  • Stamp on your paper.

 



How it worked for us:

This is really a lovely idea, and E loves hearts but she didn’t really get into this activity. We tried it two days in a row but E was done after a few minutes both times.

She appeared to like the stamping itself, though, as she didn’t just turn it into a finger painting activity or improvised in another way. I guess it just didn’t seem to her like something she needed to focus on for more than those few minutes.

 

An easy technique for your toddler to make heart-shaped imprints!
 
 
An easy technique for your toddler to make heart-shaped imprints!
 
 
An easy technique for your toddler to make heart-shaped imprints!
 
 
I think the part where she used the cookie cutter to smear a big blob of paint on the paper was her favorite 😉
 
 
An easy technique for your toddler to make heart-shaped imprints!
 
 
And still, we ended up with some nice stamped hearts that made a nice Valentine’s Day decoration and could’ve been used for Valentine’s cards {we had many Valentine’s crafts to choose from and went with our Marbled Hearts and Glitter Hearts v2 for our cards}.

If your toddler gets into this process more than E did, you can end up with a really pretty hearts picture that’s completely kid-made – and I’m sure older kids would enjoy this as well.

 

An easy technique for your toddler to make heart-shaped imprints!

 



What I learned:

  • Really easy craft with very nice results, even if your child doesn’t focus on it for any length time.
  • As far as paint activities go, this was really remarkably mess-free. This may depend on your choice of paint, though – the runnier it is, the more likely it is to splatter.
  • At our house, we usually end up with E’s sleeves in the paint but this time, we avoided it by using a small plastic food storage container with higher sides to place the paint in.



 

Additional suggestions:

  • Use different colors.
  • Use cookie cutters of different shapes for different holidays or just for fun.

 



Inspiration: handsonaswegrow’s Cookie Cutter Painting for Valentine’s Day.



 

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