Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! As you outfit your classroom in pink and red, hang hearts from the ceiling, and stock up on Valentine’s cards to give to the class, let your students in on the fun. By planning a few art projects for your students to engage with during the week of Valentine’s Day, you’ll keep them focused while stimulating their imaginations.
Below are four perfectly lovable projects to get you started. Any one of them would make a classroom full of kids shout, “We love art!”
1. Love Wreath
Wreaths aren’t just for the Christmas season. Not only is this wreath festive for Valentine’s Day, it will help your students to appreciate all the love they have in their lives!
— Large piece of cardboard or card stock
— Small paper hearts cut from pink, purple, red, and white construction paper
— Red or pink ribbon
— Glue stick
Cut a heart-shaped wreath from card stock or cardboard by tracing one smaller heart inside a larger one. Punch a hole in the top, and string it with ribbon. Cut smaller hearts from colored construction paper, and ask your students to write the names of people and things they love on the hearts. These could be their parents, pets, or their favorite sports team! Glue the small hearts onto the larger heart wreath.
Show your students how their Wreaths of Love can be hung up at home and act as joyful reminders of all the things they love!
2. Valentine Roses
Whether they’re gifts for a mom or a teacher, these rose bouquets brighten up any room. Celebrate a cherished Valentine’s Day gift tradition with this unique project!
— Colored tissue paper
— Green pipe cleaners
— Masking tape
— Green paint
Cut tissue paper into strips 18 inches long and 2 inches wide. Lightly and gently roll tissue paper strips to create rose shapes. Pinch the bottom of each rose to create the beginning of a stem. Tape a pipe cleaner to the pinched section, and paint the tape green to blend into the rest of the “stem.”
Encourage your students to have fun with the colors and shapes of their roses. Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean they have to be red or pink. A bouquet of blue roses would be lovely!
3. Cozy Valentine’s Mug
A mug is the perfect way to sip hot chocolate on chilly winter nights. A mug decorated with love is even better! Use MakIt’s template to facilitate easy decorating for your students. They can outfit their mugs however they like, whether that’s with pink hearts or a portrait of someone they love. They’ll be so happy to take their mugs home and add their works of art to the kitchen. Even better, a customized mug would make a perfect Valentine’s gifts for parents!
4. Sun Catcher Heart
Sun catchers are beautiful additions to any window. Hang them all in your classroom, or let your students bring them home to show to their families.
— Card stock
— Colored tissue paper
Cut a heart-shaped wreath from the card stock by tracing one smaller heart inside a larger one. Punch a hole into the top of the heart so the sun catcher can be hung in a window. Glue acetate to the card stock heart, being sure to trim pieces that are hanging over the heart’s edges. Turn the heart over so you’re working on its backside. Rip the tissue paper into pieces of various sizes. Paint the acetate with glue that dries clear, and then stick the ripped tissue paper to the glue so that it covers the open section of the heart.
Teach your students about what happens to color and light when the sun hits their sun catchers. Listen to their amazement as they watch it in action!
Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate love and joy. Bring the love of art to your students with these joyful projects, and create a Valentine’s Day they’ll never forget.
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