Coffee Filter Valentine

I love using coffee filters when crafting with my kids. I especially love how fascinated they are when they add water paint  to the coffee filter. A perfect opportunity to discuss why that happens. The craft focuses on science, math, fine and gross motor and as always creativity!

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What you need:

Coffee Filters

Scissor

Water color paint

A cup of water

Mod Podge- a water based sealer, glue, finish

2 paint brushes

Cardstock paper

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Lets get started:

First, you will paint with water colors onto the coffee filter. It works well if stack multiple coffee filters (2 or 3) and the colors seep through.photo(1)

When you are finished painting fold the filters in half.

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 Cut a symmetrical heart shape from the folded filter. You can either eye it or use a marker to trace the shape.

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Open the filter and you should have a heart. Now you can be creative about how you fold and cut shapes from the heart.

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My daughter remembered how she cut up snowflakes and used the same technique. I demonstrated how to fold and cut small hearts and shapes without cutting too much. Do not discard the scrap cuttings.

photo(5)When you have finished cutting open the heart many little hearts and shapes will appear, magic! With younger children you may want to do the cutting for them.

photo(8)Place the heart onto the center of the cardstock paper and spread the cuttings around it. If you have a thicker paint brush use that to spread the Mod Podge, and gently “paint” it over your heart. Be sure to cover the entire heart and any other cuttings. Think of it as sealing everything down on the paper. It is similar to liquid glue.

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Let the paper dry for about 20 minutes and you will have a homemade Valentine.

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More Valentine crafts to come…

Liquid Color Exploration

Do you want your little scientist to explore with color? All you need are a few materials you probably have around your house.

Watch as your children start mixing colors…

Materials:

1 empty ice-cube tray

1 Dropper

Red, blue and yellow food coloring

water

Fill the ice-cube tray with water. I filled each cube area about half way.

Then use the outer ends of the tray to add the food coloring. Add a few drops of red coloring in one cube area, a few drops of blue coloring in another cube area and a few drops of yellow coloring in one more cube area. I found it easier for the children to work their way in from the outer cube areas.

The idea is to experiment by mixing color. When you begin demonstrate how to use the dropper so your child is able to do it successfully. Have your child take drops from the different color slots and mix away. The children will be so excited to see all the colors they were able to create.