Easy Valentines Art for Kids


If you are looking for easy Valentines art for your kids, you will love this! Just like our spin art hearts and our marbled hearts, you won’t need many materials. What we love about this Valentines art is that it requires great concentration as the marbles are scooped onto the paper. This activity is a good way to help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. But the kids don’t know or care about this. What they love is that it’s fun!

 Easy Valentines Hearts

What you will need:

Note: If your children are younger and you don’t feel comfortable with marbles, you can substitute them with golf balls, as we did with our golf ball painting activity.

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts

Setting it up:

Place some of the white paint and some of the red paint into one tray. Add marbles and have a spoon nearby. Place the heart paper in a container with deep sides. (We use box tops.)

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts

Invite your children to give it a try:

Have them spoon the painted marbles onto the paper. This is a great fine motor activity as they carefully balance the spoon so that the marbles don’t fall off.

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts

Tipping the container back and forth:

Once the marbles are in the container with the paper, show the children how to hold the sides of the container and gently rock it back and forth, so that the marbles move around. At first this might feel awkward, but once they get the hang of it, it’s fun!

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts
And yes, if the container is tipped too much, a marble could escape.
Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts

The finished product:

When finished, you will see how the red and white paint mixed and there will be shades of pink. This is a great lesson in color mixing! Have the children remove the marbles from the container, back into the paint tray.

Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts
Let the hearts dry completely and display.


Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts

Clean up:

The easiest way I’ve found to clean the marbles is to place them in a colander and run water over them.


Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds: Marble-Painted Hearts
We displayed ours in the window. I love how you can see the detail from the natural light!
Easy Valentines Art

Books and songs to go with this activity: 






More ideas for you:

Valentines Heart Art   toddler painting with golf balls   winter themed sensory table   Valentines Ideas for Kids


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About Sheryl Cooper

Sheryl Cooper is the founder of Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds, a website full of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. She has been teaching this age group for over 15 years and loves to share her passion with teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone with young children in their lives.


  1. Kate Lloyd says:

    These are so beautiful and it’s hard to believe that such young children made them. I will be sure to do this one with my 2 year old. Thanks for sharing Sheryl, I’ll be posting this on my FB page soon. 🙂

    • Sheryl Cooper says:

      Thank you, Kate! Yep, 100% made by 2 year olds. It took a bit of coordination to learn how to hold the box lid in both hands and gently tip it to and from, but once they got the hang of it, they handled it fine!

  2. Sheena Tomlinson says:

    How fun, what a great craft!

  3. What fun and I love how they came out! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!