Paint paper heart-shaped doilies (available at craft stores) for a colorful and simple Valentine activity.
Place a piece of tape that has been formed into a circle on back of doilies and attach to paper. This will prevent your doilies from moving too much while painting.
Use water color paints.
Show younger children how to use gentle strokes. We call it "giving your paintbrush a bad hair day" when the kids scrub their brushes and the bristles go every which way. This ruins the brushes and makes it difficult for the kids to paint. We don't want that! So if I need to remind them I just say jokingly..."Oh no...bad hair day!!!" Lu always laughs and now she reminds Em not to give her brush a bad hair day.
Painted doilies can be glued to the front of homemade cards or taped to windows or walls as decorations. They would look lovely strung together!
Have fun crafting with your kids!