Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Heart Stamps

Last night Abe had his first swimming lesson. He loved it so much he's been asking me for a bath ever since! I don't mind letting him splash in the tub to his heart's content, but I figured we should get a little messy first, so...I grabbed an empty toilet paper roll, some red paint, and a handful of blank cards, and we were ready to make Valentines!


I started by flattening the cardboard tube so it had a crease on two sides.


Then I pushed one crease inward to make a heart, and wrapped a piece of tape around the tube to help the heart hold it's shape.


I poured a little red paint on a plate and dipped one end in the paint...


...then I handed it to Abe and let him have fun!  


He really enjoyed seeing the "schips" (shapes) appear on the paper.


We ended up with four cute cards to send to family and friends, and enough paint on his hands, face, and in his hair to require a nice long bath. I'd say mission accomplished.


Abe tried fingerpainting for the first time last Valentine's Day when we made cards for his grandparents. For those cards, I made a heart stencil from construction paper and laid it on top of a blank card. I poured some red and white paint on the card and let him mix them up. When we pulled the stencil off there was a pretty painted heart on the card. Super easy (and super cute) Valentine's Day craft for babies!

53 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this! Simon is just 19 months, and this would be perfect for him. We just made some footprint dump truck Valentines, but I had to have my older daughter help me finishing decorating those.

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  2. What a cute idea--very resourceful!

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  3. PS. We tried this today, and Simon was way more interested in spreading paint everywhere than trying to stamp hearts. Oh well- he had fun!

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    1. Ha ha! Yeah, once Abe realized we were using paint he started to spread it around with his hands too. All part of the fun! ;-)

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  4. Oh, I love this! So simple and what fun! I can't wait for our daughter to try this.

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  5. AWESOME ideas. Both of them (last V Day too)! I'm going to try them for both my boys (ages 6m and 2 yrs!) Thanks! Found this on Pinterest!

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  6. found you on pinterest. i love this project. super cute.

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  7. Love this and will be sharing pics of my kids doing it one of these days over at www.raisingnaturalkids.com! Dawn

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  8. It's a really great idea! I'll try it with my boy! Thanks

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  9. Such a cute idea! Not sure if my 15-month old will be into it, but I might give it a whirl anyway. I'll post on my blog if I do!
    justalittletinybitsometimes.blogspot.com

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  10. Ok, I got so excited about this that we did it today. Thanks again for the inspiration, my little guy had a lot of fun!

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  11. Thanks so much for the adorable idea! I featured it on my blog: http://www.organizinghomelife.com/archives/1998

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  12. Found this on pinterest. I'm a preschool teacher and I LOVE thid idea:-)

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  13. Such a great idea! My little girl would love this.

    I'd love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-party-week-25.html

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  14. Great idea!! I will definitely have to try it out:)

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  15. We used your idea but used glue and glitter instead! Wonderful easy craft!

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  16. Just did this with my 2 1/2 year old little guy. He loved it! Perfect for his first "official" art project, thank you!!!!

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  17. We saw this on pinterest and loved the idea for our 20-month-old. I blogged about it here: http://montessoristory.blogspot.com/2012/02/valentines-day-heart-stamping.html

    Thanks for the great idea!

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  18. I did this yesterday with my 18month old. It was so fun!!! Thanks for the idea!
    http://sandypages.blogspot.com/2012/02/painting.html

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  19. I did this activity yesterday with my 9 month old and took lots of pics of him stamping to send along with the Valentine. He LOVED it and only ate a few! :) I call that a success!!

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  20. Thanks for the great idea! My girls had a ball and I shared your link on my blog - http://momsecretweapon.com/2012/02/09/valentines-cards/

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  21. Thanks for this idea! I tried it at home with my almost 15 month old and at school with my Kindergarten Art students. I linked back to your post from my blog: http://artteacheradventures.blogspot.com/2012/02/another-jim-dine-post.html

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  22. Just did this craft with my 22 month old and his 3-yr old friend. It was perfect!!! They loved doing it and I loved how easy it was to get all of our Valentine cards done for tomorrow :)

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  23. This is such a sweet project and your little one just adorable. Happy Valentine's Day! xo Karen

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  24. what a clever idea and so effective. thanks for sharing

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  25. Thanks for such a fun craft. I just found your blog and am loving it! Happy valentine's day!

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  26. I love this idea!! so simple and I love anything you can recycle! Thanks!!

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  27. Just linked to this here:
    http://www.stillplayingschool.com/2012/02/valentines-day-play-date.html

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  28. Hi Michelle!

    I came across your blog many weeks ago and love it. You are so creative!! I meant to write sooner and tell you that I made this stamp following your directions and my 17-month-old daughter and I made valentines together. They came out great! I look forward to your posts each day!

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  29. Love this!!! Shared link/pin here
    http://pinsandprincesses.blogspot.com/2012/04/toilet-paper-tube-extravaganza.html

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  32. Awesome :)
    I am a newest follower..
    come & join me for more fun!

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  33. Pinned it! Great idea and my children are going to love too! Thank you!

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  34. I'm new to pinterest... how do I pin this? I love the idea!

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  35. There's a "Pin it" button (found here http://pinterest.com/about/goodies/) you can install in your browser to pin stuff from any page, or you can just repin it from here: http://pinterest.com/pin/204421270555895358/

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  36. super cute and so easy! love it!!!

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  37. i love this idea :) thank you so much for sharing! i am going to try this for vday for my LO to make :)
    www.lilmsadventures.blogspot.com

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  38. Hi - just to let you know that I've linked to this post at my blog here: http://craftulate.blogspot.com/2013/01/easy-valentines-crafts-for-toddlers.html
    Thanks for the great ideas!

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  39. I did this with my kids yesterday. Thank you for sharing. I linked to you on my blog,
    http://rainydaydistractions.blogspot.ca/2013/02/heart-stamping.html

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  40. We did this this week! What a great idea! I linked to you on my blog http://aztoid.blogspot.com/2013/02/happy-valentines-day.html

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  41. Hello, I love your blog! Today we are inspired by this post, thanks!
    http://embolicalatroca.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/estampem-i-pintem.html

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  42. I'm another one coming over from Pinterest. Me and the 20 months old kid will be making these today to send to the grandparents! What a cute, easy idea!

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  43. I see too in pinterest ,it's funny!!!

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  44. This would be great for many Special Ed and developmentally delayed kids, too. Thanks so much for posting.

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  45. I tried this with other shapes as well and I think that it is a fantastic activity. It's so easy and fun!

    http://jenneralknowledge.com/2014/02/12/diy-stamping-fun/

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  46. It's a really easy and fun activity! I think that the children I work with would love it too.

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