Valentine’s Day Process Art for Preschool
I love love love Valentine’s day. I love letting the kids create tons of wonderful process art creations. When I spend time with the kids making things, I really want them to gain confidence and self-esteem from each activity. Crafts, or what we generally think of as kid’s activities don’t allow kids to express their own ideas. We give them supplies and ask them to create something like what everyone else is making.
Process vs product
I love process art because it allows kids to use materials in whatever way they like. It’s harder sometimes to make parents understand that wonderful value in these creations. Process art is about exploring and mastering different mediums such as paints, markers, papers, ribbons, or whatever you give the kids to design with.
Crafts are about making something that looks like something. For instance, if you give kids some heart shapes and tell them to make a bear out of hearts, you are making a craft. If you give kids some heart shapes and let them make whatever their heart desires, they are processing those mediums in whatever way they want to. This teaches them they are powerful and creative. Process art builds kid’s self-awareness. It tells them they are creative and smart and that they have the power to create something wonderful they will love.
I think crafts are fine, but if that’s all you ever do with your kids and they are never allowed to enjoy actually creating their own process art, you are doing them a disservice in my opinion. The best thing to remember with kids is that variety is the best thing for them. Click here to learn more about the importance of process art.
Valentine’s Day Process art for Preschool
Process art lets them explore things and learn what to do with them and how to manipulate them on their own. I love giving kids a big bowl of paint and letting them explore what it will do on their own without my input. They are so proud when they see what they have made.
I love Valentine’s day. I love all the opportunities there are for kids to create something on their own. If you use Valentine colors such as pink, red, white, and purple, it will still look like Valentine and it will reinforce your theme. I think Valentine’s is a wonderful time to talk about nurturing friendships. Click here to see more about how.
I like to send home a note telling parents the names of the other kids so no one gets left out. Each child needs a “mailbox” for their cards. There are a million ways you can make a process art container for the kids to trade Valentine’s in. I personally LOVE brown paper sacks because it reminds me of my childhood and brings back some really good memories for me. I usually always use them.
Open-ended art activities for preschoolers
You can use tissue boxes or shoe boxes to put Valentines in as well. Oriental Trading has tons of great containers kids can decorate to put their cards in too, click here to check some of them out.
I gave the kids brown paper sacks and a really cool pile of different things to create with. Oriental Trading Company gave me these supplies in exchange for my honest opinion about them. All ideas are my own. They came up with some super amazing designs.
I was so proud of each one. Since they processed the art on their own, the kids were so proud too! Oriental Trading Company has a ton of great supplies for process art. You can get markers, crayons, paints, shapes, glue, stickers, or whatever you want for your kids to use for their process art.
Click here for a bunch of other cool ideas for your Valentine party including more process art ideas. Click here to see what other cool Valentine’s Day Party supplies Oriental Trading Company has to offer too. Some of them are even on sale, my favorite! Shopping with them is a great way to save money on your party supplies. You can also make your own if you have time.
Valentine crafts for toddlers
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