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Cardboard Heart Stamping

This activity will help get your child thinking more about hearts, patterns, and colors. Use this opportunity to chat more about what a heart does in the human body and the feelings that come with love while making a lovely card, picture, or just having fun!

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Let’s get stamping!

Around Valentine’s Day is a great time to talk more about the heart — not just as a shape but what it does for the human body and the feelings that come from the heart. Feel free to start this activity with a good book and then jump into getting messy!

📚 Books to explore: The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond; In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek; The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll

🌻 A bouquet of possibilities! - You can take the opportunity to go more into different shapes, and patterns with your child while exploring feelings that come with the heart. 

🖌️ Messy ALERT! - This craft can get messy so make sure to put down some newspaper or create outside.


For this activity you will need:

Cardboard rolls

Rubber bands 

Red, pink, and purple acrylic paint 

Paper plate 

Canvas or paper

Learning Outcomes




Identifying patterns


Identifying creating, copying, and extending patterns


Step 1:

Make your cardboard roll into a heart - At the end of the roll, you need to create a crease to make the two bumps of the heart. Then squeeze the bottom of the roll to form the pointy bottom of the heart. Then add one or two rubber bands to hold everything in place. 

Step 2:

Optional - You can also create a heart on the other end of the roll. 

Step 3:

Take the paint you’ve picked and pour a small amount onto the paper plate. 

Step 4:

Dip the end of the roll into the paint and stamp it onto the paper or canvas.

Step 5:

Let your child stamp as many hearts as they want.

Step 6:

Set aside to dry and enjoy! 

✨ Pro Tip - You may need to rock the cardboard back and forth a little to get the full impression.

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Let your child try and make the heart themselves and encourage them to make different patterns on the paper

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Let your toddler be as involved as they want and get them to pick paint colors. You can also get them to help add the rubber band.

Playful Questions

What do you think our hearts do for our bodies? Why? 

How does a heart make you feel? 

What colors make purple? Pink? 

What shapes make a heart?

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