Monday, February 6, 2012

Jumping on the heart bandwagon!

This fun (and messy) quickie lesson was intended to fill in the space between other stuff. It took two sessions, but turned out to be a lot tougher for my 2nd graders than I expected, though in the end everyone was successful and happy.

We began by choosing 2 colors of tissue paper, and cutting out hearts (this was a hard part, for sure!). We used our papier-mache paste ("art paste") to glue them down with a paintbrush.

Then everyone took one toilet paper tube and crunched it into a heart shape for printing. Thanks to the blogger who recommended this to me, though I could not find where or who that was. The kids had a hard time making the heart shape, so I went around the room and crunched for them. They LOVED stamping the hearts! I let them use both ends of the tube, and a few kids discovered they were also making heart stamps in their palms, because of the paint on both ends. They were SO excited about this!

We completed these today by selecting a construction paper mat for a border, and then using a thin Sharpie and other thin markers to write things we love, and to add more design and color. I was tickled at how many kids wrote "I love art" or "I love my art teacher". Some of their spelling is pretty funny, but I really like what they wrote. A lot of them wrote "I love myself"! I guess they have pretty strong self-images. Hmmm...


  1. This SO beats the Hearty-farty projects I have been trying! I am SO stealing this! Thanks, Phyl-


  2. I was just getting ready to post what my Kinders did with tp tube heart stamping! But, this cold is getting to me (or maybe my Master's class) and I don't have the energy to stay up any later so it will have to wait for another day.

  3. Hi Phyl,
    I think I am going to borrow the TP roll heart printing idea to help my Pre-K artists finish the heart printing project that we started last week using foam printing paper. Thanks for the idea.

    Here's the link to the project on my blog.

    I am trying to draw more visitors to my blogs, so please check them out if you have a chance!


  4. I love this idea! I think they came out great! I might have to put this as a lesson for 2nd grade right before the break!

  5. such happy works of art! love this phyl! :)

  6. These are beautiful! Just discovered your site this year! I am new to blogging and your site has been an inspiration! Thanks!

  7. Thanks for the fabulous Valentine's idea! I used it with my Pre-K artists and they loved it! Here are the results: