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Fingerprint Hearts

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This is a really simple craft that you can do with little ones for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. The beauty of this activity is that it can be done super quickly and can easily be completed in under 10 minutes! It also makes for a really cute gift for grandparents. Read on to find out how to make this quick and easy craft.

Whilst we usually prefer to do unstructured process art sessions, ever so often, we plan an art session for an occasion. The beauty of this activity, done on a mini canvas, is that it is a cute keepsake – I personally love looking at this piece of artwork and seeing the fingerprints of my children (then aged 18 months and 7 years). It will always be a lovely memory.

My age recommendation for this activity is 18 months plus. Really, the younger the child, the more structured you have to make the activity. If your child is still putting everything in their mouths, I wouldn’t recommend this particular craft – please check out alternative paint sessions for babies on the website instead.

You will need:

  • A mini block canvas or a cardboard canvas painted white
  • A selection of complimentary non-toxic acrylic paints. We chose pinks and purples for our Valentines themed craft
  • Paint Palette
  • Wipes or a damp cloth are also a good idea for little ones!


  • Demonstrate how to create a fingerprint heart to your little one first. We did this on scrap paper as shown in the middle photograph
  • To make the heart, dip your index finger into a small dollop of paint, press on to the paper 45 degrees to the left and then 45 degrees to the right.
  • If you don’t want the paint to look too thick, dab a little off onto the paper – practise first until you get the desired look.
  • To avoid mixing of colours, just wipe off paint from fingers before using a different colour.

Want more?

I share activities daily on Instagram and Facebook, but you can also check out the activity links below:

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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