The transition from January to February means that Valentine’s Day is approaching! During this time of year, we see hearts all around us – reminding us to celebrate the loving and meaningful relationships we share with the special people in our lives. In early learning programs, Valentine’s Day offers an opportunity for little ones to get creative with heart-themed process art activities that invite exploration, expressiveness, and playful learning!
The Benefits of Process Art Activities for Preschoolers
Process art projects are open-ended experiences that encourage children to explore and express themselves creatively. Because process art activities are not limited by defined goals or end products, children are free to enjoy trying out new and creative approaches. Process-oriented projects are fun for little learners, while also supporting key aspects of early development, such as the following:
- Process art’s emphasis on self-expression supports early identity formation and self-awareness.
- The approaches to process art are limitless, giving children lots of opportunities to experiment with new materials and creative options.
- The variety of materials used in process art projects– like glue, paints, stickers, yarn, twigs, leaves, and other items-– offer many different ways for children to strengthen the muscles in their hands and develop important fine motor coordination.
- Process art catalyzes cognitive development, as children plan and execute their ideas, and language development as children talk about what they are making!
Heart-themed Process Art Activities for Preschoolers
Below, you will find fun, budget-friendly, heart-themed art activities for preschoolers to enjoy around the Valentine’s Day holiday and beyond! The artistic creations can be hung in your classroom as festive decor or become Valentine’s gifts the children can give to friends and family members.