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Activity Documentation: Window & Mirror Art

Looking for a Valentine's Day activity that involves no prep work, but can entertain your child? I know that there are so many days this time of year where I don't have anything planned to do, and we're stuck inside because it's cold and dreary, or we're just having a lazy day, and I want to do some sort of activity with my toddler to teach her through play. This is one of those activities you can pull out. All it involves is a dry erase marker.

I'd definitely do this again. Hallen loved doing this. After we drew hearts, she wanted to draw circles and Olaf! The options really are endless with the Valentine's Idea Box. You can go room to room to mix it up or start writing little love notes to your loved ones!

Filling in the hearts that I drew for her.

Trying to draw her own hearts.

Next, we went to the hallway mirror! 

And then we started drawing hearts on our bathroom mirror with little love notes. I told her it was a heart. She said, "no mommy, it's a U." So, it was a great way to teach other little lessons too!

Thinking about what she wanted to write to daddy.

Proud of her artwork!

►  Activity
Drawing Hearts on windows/mirrors with dry erase markers

► Idea Box
Valentine Box

► Age of child

► Length of time spent on activity (approx.)
We spent about 30 minutes, but she could have kept drawing, because it was something new and fun!

►  Materials needed/chosen
We chose dry erase markers, and wrote on a bathroom mirror, hall mirror, and our back door that is all glass.

►  Any prep-work? If so, what?
No prep work needed at all. We went to get some new dry erase markers, but that was it!.

► Directions / What we did
I began drawing hearts to explain to her what we were going to do, and then she stepped right in and started doodling all over the window. I tried to explain to her we were only going to draw hearts for Valentine's Day, but she couldn't quite draw a heart without my help holding her hand. I outlined some hearts so she could try and trace them. And I also had her fill in the hearts that I drew. 

►  Possible ways to expand on the activity
We wrote little love notes to daddy on the bathroom mirror with hearts. Mom could draw two hearts of each color and have the child match the hearts by drawing lines to both. You could try and draw a heart with your eyes closed. 

►  What would you do differently next time? 
I wouldn't do anything different. It was a nice simple activity that I could do on any given day, and it draws them in because it's not coloring on another sheet of paper. 

What my child was able to do by themselves
Color on the window/mirror. Color in the heart.

►  What my child needed help with
Drawing a heart.

►  My child's thoughts about the activity
Hallen LOVED this! She wanted to keep drawing, because she thought it was so fun to draw on different surfaces.

►  Any other thoughts or info about the activity? 

Kristina is photographer and lifestyle blogger located in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two little girls. She runs on coffee and loves to capture life's little moments that you just want to bottle up. In her "spare time," you'll find her editing photos or folding the last two weeks of laundry!

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