A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's DayLove is in the air and to celebrate I asked one of my favorite creative makers to come up with a special Valentine’s Day sensory activity for us all to try out.  I met Olivia on instagram (my happy place) and immediately fell in love with her work.  Man oh man, did she deliver with these super sensory splatter paint shaving cream hearts.  These are amazing and I know my kids will love this.  Here’s the how to and thank you Olivia!

Hi! I’m Olivia, the Crafty Nanny from A Crafty LIVing! I am so honored to be guest posting on Meri’s blog today! I’ve come (all the way from Sydney, Australia!) to share a Valentines Day craft we’ve been working on recently!

A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's DayWe’re huge lovers of messy, process art! This activity screams exactly that! If you follow us already, you would have seen lots of equally fun projects we do on a regular!

Today, we combined paint and shaving cream – maximizing the mess & thrill factor! (& we’re pretty pleased with the results!) This craft is a definite must-try!

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You’ll Need

Shaving Cream

Washable Kids Paint

rubber mallet

Cardstock Heart Cutouts

Plastic Tablecloth

shavinghearts23Steps

Step 1. Cut out a few hearts from thick card stock! You can make your own heart template by folding a piece of paper in half, drawing half a heart and then cutting it out! Open it up and you have a heart that’s equal on both sides. Then all you have to do is trace onto thick card stock, and cut them out.

A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's DayStep 2. You’ll need to prepare your area – things are about to get messy! Lay a plastic tablecloth (or shower curtain) on the ground. Outside is best (duh!) as you’re likely to shoot splats of paint and shaving cream meters away in all directions!

A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's DayStep 3. In no particular order, we added squirts of paint & shaving cream to the hearts. Then a bit more paint, & a bit more shaving cream until we had a small Mount Everest covering the hearts! The more, the messier better!

A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's DayStep 4. Now to Mr5’s favourite part! Take your mallet and smack it into the hearts! Smack onto them as much as you like! Once you’re done, place them into the sun and allow them to dry. This can take a good few hours, and you may need to tap off some of the flaky bits of dried shaving cream.

A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's DayBefore cleaning up, Mr5 just had to get his feet in! He promised me he wouldn’t “get his butt dirty”, but that was short lived! Soon after, he slipped over & burst into a fit of laughter! Clean up is a breeze! Just hose off the plastic tablecloth and hang it to dry & reuse (or just fold it up and bin it!). Hose away any splatters and the paint-covered kid too!

A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's DayWe added some short & sweet love notes to our splatter paint shaving cream hearts, turning them into ‘Conversation Hearts’! They would make a lovely banner or the perfect addition to the front of a simple Valentines Day card!

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A crazy fun sensory activity for kids for Valentine's Day