Simple Valentine’s Day activity that children as young as two years old can do! These Valentine’s Day doily hearts make gorgeous bunting when strung together or can be displayed individually on a window as a stunning sun catcher. These can be done any time of the year, but you might like to make it a fun activity for your children this Valentine’s Day.
Firstly let me apologise for the delay in getting this post out to you all. I hope that you’ll still find this activity useful, if not for Valentine’s Day but for any other day of the year. It was fabulous fun.
Possum (aged 3 years old) absolutely loved painting these gorgeous Valentine’s Day doily hearts. She is a huge fan of painting with water and so this was a homemade version of that.
Recommended age: 1 year old +
(All my activities require active supervision)
You will need –
Depending on the age of your child, have them use a dropper or similar to add drops of food colouring to the paper doilies. It’s recommended that you add lots of drops to one doily but only a few to another as this will create variety to your Valentine’s Day doily hearts. Of course you can encourage your child to count the drops as they are added.
This activity is lots of fun because children can enjoy painting with water. Once the water mixes with the food colouring it spreads and makes a beautiful dyed effect. Depending on the amount of food colouring used will depend on the depth of colour.
Obviously water and paper only like each other so much. I encouraged Possum to wipe her brush to remove excess water and stopped her before the paper became too water logged. It wasn’t at all a problem though. If you wanted to take extra steps to avoid the paper tearing you could stick a few doilies together to make them thicker and more absorbent.
I simply put them on a board to dry out and harden again.
Once they were dry again I used some decorative string and threaded them together to make gorgeous Valentine’s Day doily heart bunting. It’s currently displayed in Possum’s bedroom and created real talking point.