I normally don't like to instill Valentine's day traditions in my household. I previously talked about it here and here; however, Alya was already exposed to it in school and she is supposed to make things for her friends. She actually insists that we also bake cookies. Last year Alya asked me if we can make something for baba (Daddy in Arabic) for Valentine's Day. So we made this Loving Hands Project. It was a lot of fun and kind of messy. The paint that was supposed to be washable and intended for finger painting, did not turn out to be washable at all. The poor girl spent a whole week with pinkish red hands! Of course, now that she can read and write, it would have been a much nicer touch for her to write "Love".
A4 paper for outlining the hands
Pencil or pen
Washable finger paint in red/pink or any color you desire
Light table if you have one (optional)
Your child's hands
Place your child's hand on the paper and trace them, you need not to be precise here. This is just to guide you when you actually need to place the painted hands.
Trace as such
If you don't have a light table, follow the same instructions but use a glass window with day light or place a light under your coffee table with a glass top.
Let your child write their name. Alya insisted on drawing another heart.
Pick a frame that goes with your design. Of course, you need to do that before actually picking the colors. It is always easier to change the color of the project than changing the color of the frame.
I hope you like it!