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Handprint Heart Frame Photos
Handprint Heart Frame Photos
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This precious Valentine’s Day gift is the perfect way for little hands to make a big statement of love!
This activity is appropriate for:
preschool - 1st grade / 3 - 6 years
You will need:
- Construction Paper - 9" x 12" (white or pink)
- Lakeshore Fully Washable Liquid Tempera Paint - 1 Pint (red and violet)
- Paper plates or shallow reusable pie tins
- Lakeshore Glue Sticks
- Safety Scissors
- Small photo of each student
- Foam Sheets (pink, white, purple or red)
- Newspaper or butcher paper
- Valentine poem
- Broad-Tip Markers - Student Pack
Before you begin:
- Take a headshot photo of each student in your class and print out the photos into 4" x 6" prints. (You may want to take the photos from a distance so you can crop the printouts to fit into the picture frame in this activity. The cropped photo should be about 2 ½" x 2 ½".)
- Set up a painting station at a table to accommodate three or four students at a time.
- Cover the table with newspaper or butcher paper.
- Pour a shallow layer of red paint into one paper plate or pie tin and violet paint into another.
- Photocopy the Valentine poem for each student.
- Give each student a sheet of white or pink construction paper. Explain to students that they will use their hands to make a heart! Model how to make a heart with your hands by bending your thumbs and pointer fingers together into a heart shape.
- Invite three to four students at a time to come to the painting station. One at a time, have students place a hand into the red paint and then press it onto the construction paper to make a handprint. (Remind students to point their thumbs out and keep their other fingers together when making the handprints.)
- Have students repeat the process with their other hand and the violet paint. Help students position the second handprint next to the first one to form a heart-shaped empty space between the thumbs and pointer fingers of each hand.
- Once they have made their handprints, instruct students to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water while they allow their handprints to dry.
- After the paint has dried, help students cut out the empty heart shape from the center of the handprints.
- Have students choose a foam sheet color and glue the handprint page to this foam background. Instruct students to place their headshot photos in the center of the handprints to create a heart-shaped frame around their picture! Then help students cut out the foam background in a heart shape, around the paper heart.
- Have each student cut out and glue a copy of the Valentine poem on the back of the foam heart.
- Encourage students to sign their name on the blank line below the poem (or write it for them). Invite students to give their homemade valentine to a cherished family member for Valentine’s Day!