Heart Prints

Activity for an individual child

Age group: 18-40 months

Duration of activity: 15 minutes


  • Red and pink tempera paint
  • Pie tins
  • Kitchen sponges
  • Scissors
  • Clothespins
  • White construction paper or bond paper

This activity will help your child develop fine motor skills. You may also want to use this as an opportunity to talk about color and shape identification. You don't have to limit your child to a simple sheet of paper. Perhaps she can print hearts onto a card or calendar.

  1. Pour the paint into the pie tins.
  2. Cut out heart shapes from the sponges. You can make other shapes too. Be sure that the sponge shapes are at least as large as a silver dollar.
  3. Attach a clothespin to the back of the sponge. This will serve as a handle for your child.
  4. Show your child how to dip the sponge hearts into the paint and then press them onto the paper to create a design.

From The Everything Toddler Activities Book Copyright © 2006, F+W Publications, Inc. Used by permission of Adams Media, an F+W Publications Company. All rights reserved.

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