Friday, February 25, 2011

"A Whole Lotta Love"

How cute is this?? Just in time for Valentine's Day!  This project was done by 4 year olds and they loved it (not to mention what a great job they did!!) We used an artists canvas this year 
(last year we had some scrap lumber and they were on wood - cute either way). They wrote the letters out in chalk first ( no correcting - let it be their handwriting!!) and then they painted the letters with black acrylic. We put white polka dots on the heart and glued it inside the "O". I used a Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the canvas so we could create a decorative hanger ( If you do not have a Crop-A-Dile get in your car and go get one. Right now. It punches a nice smooth hole in almost anything.... cookie sheets, canvases, paint sticks, chip board....) I'm serious. It is amazing!! The little artists strung beads on a silver pipe cleaner and added a "key to their heart". A very nice man at the Locksmith gave me a box of very cool "reject" keys - all different so everyone could choose the one they liked. This project is a BIG hit with parents every year. 
The canvas was as cute as the reclaimed wood we used last year. I order the canvases from Dick Blick. They are the economy classroom packs and are very affordable, come in a great variety of sizes, ( I'm anxious to come up with some projects for some of the unique sizes they offer), have a nice surface and the children get a kick out of using " real artist" canvases!!

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