Creative

Heart printing with cardboard tubes

by Amy Collins June 7, 2018

Creating Valentines cards and letters with your class? These easy to make heart shaped stamps are the perfect way to decorate your artwork and Gratnells trays help you keep your equipment organised and minimise mess.

Learning outcomes

You will be able to:

  • design your own Valentines Day pattern

You will need (per person)

  • 2 x F1 Gratnells trays
  • 1 x Gratnells insert (2×2)
  • Paper/card
  • Red paint
  • Cardboard tubes (toilet roll/kitchen roll)
  • Masking tape
  • Glitter

What to do:

  • Take an old toilet roll or kitchen roll tube and push the top inwards half way to create a heart shape to your tube.
  • Use a piece of masking tape to fix the heart in shape.
  • Take a Gratnells tray and place a piece of paper in it.
  • Fill one section of a Gratnells insert with some paint and dip the end of the tube into the paint.
  • Dab the tube onto the piece of paper to reveal printed hearts!
  • If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle some glitter onto the wet paint hearts. Tap the loose glitter into the tray. This contains the mess and the glitter can easily be disposed of or reused.

Other things to try…

  • Use red or pink glitter paint
  • Share photographs of your Valentines creations on social media using #WhatsInMyTray.

Curriculum links:

EYFS- Development Matters- Expressive arts and design- Provide activities that give children the opportunity and motivation to practise manipulative skills, e.g. cooking, painting, clay and playing instruments.

Key Stage 1- Primary National Curriculum– Art- To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

Key Stage 1- Primary National Curriculum– Art- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Health and Safety

As with all Gratnells What’s In My Tray activities, you should carry out your own risk assessment prior to undertaking any activities with children.