Looking for an Easy Valentine’s Day Craft for kids? Check out this Heart Marble Painting Preschool Activity! It’s super easy with the free heart printable.

With Valentine’s Day coming up quick, we’ve been busy doing all kinds of red and pink Valentine’s Day crafts and activities. My kids really enjoyed this DIY Valentine’s Day banner and this cute Heart Valentine Butterfly Craft.

So, we decided to add a Marble Painting Heart craft to the agenda.

This Valentine’s Day Marble Painting Craft with free heart printable is a great way to celebrate Valentines Day with preschoolers and kindergarteners!

If you have been looking for an easy Valentine craft idea that is great for little hands, this is perfect! Marble painting always turns out super cute and it’s easy enough for even younger children.

Preschool  Valentine's Day Marble Paint Art - with free heart printable template - a marble painting Heart Craft for Kids

But first, let’s talk about why marble painting is beneficial to children.

Are there benefits to Marble Painting?

Science World says that marble painting helps kids practice observation skills, hand eye coordination, and fine motor skills.

Personally, I love marble art because kids of all ages can be creative, it’s so much fun, and you always get great looking results.

(We’ve all been there, right?!?! Pinterest fails are totally a thing!)

This can also be used as a process art activity, as kids are totally in control of the outcome. You can guide them as little or as much as you wish!

Alright! Let’s get started on our Marble Paint Heart for Valentine’s Day.

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Supplies for Preschool Valentine Craft

Supplies for Valentine's Day marble painting craft include paint, free heart printable, marble, stapler, scissors, and colored paper

For this Marble Paint Valentine Heart craft you will need the following craft supplies:

– A printed copy of the free heart printable template (alternatively, you can freehand draw or cut your heart!)

– White paper – Feel free to try other colors like Pink construction paper and Red! Card stock will also work as well.

– Washable Kids Paint in a variety of Valentine Colors (We love this paint from Crayola)

– Scissors

– Stapler

A few Marbles (you can try other small balls as well!)

Bowl or paper plate for paint – or an egg carton works really well for this too!

– A Box that isn’t too shallow or too deep. You need a box that a child can maneuver easily. Also, consider cutting a larger box down to be more shallow. 

Baby Wipes or Paper Towels – for those messy situations!

Let’s get started on our Marble Paint Valentine Hearts!

Marble Paint Heart Craft Video Tutorial

Want to watch how to do this craft? Check out the video below!

How to Make an Easy Marble Paint Valentine’s Day Craft

First, print out the Free Heart Printable template. I’ve provided the template for you at the end of the instructions under the heading Grab the free printable!

The template is just a basic heart shape. Of course, if you are good at drawing hearts, feel free to skip the template.

To Marble Paint, you have a few choices. You could:

– Print the template on a white piece of paper and have the kids each cut their own out.

– Print the template and place it on top of a stack of white or colored paper. Staple it around the edges to hold the paper in place and cut it out. You can cut multiple hearts at the same time by doing this!

Heart marble paint craft template being stapled to colored paper pile

You can absolutely freehand cut hearts as well. So many options to do this but in general, making heart cut outs ahead of time is best for younger kids.

multiple hearts cut out for marble paint heart craft

Marble Painting Heart – Preschool

Put the free heart printable in a shallow box. Next, put a little bit of paint into the bowl or plate.

I put several different colors of paint onto a paper plate.

Valentine's Day heart paint with marbles activity

You might like to stick to a traditional Valentine color combination like red and pink. But, it’s totally up to you! We chose to use pink, red, purple, and white.

Keep in mind that paint colors will mix as the kids try the different colors and dip their marble in and out of the paint. We tried to avoid colors that would turn brown when mixed.

Have your child roll the marble into the paint and then pick up the paint covered marble and place it into the shallow box.

I often like to have them place the paint covered marble to the side (not on the heart) to avoid big splashes of paint on the heart, but that’s just my preference.

child holding box to marble paint

Have your child hold the box, and show them how to move the box to make the marble move. Kids will observe how this makes the marble move around inside the box leaving marble trail marks on the heart printable.

Valentine's Day heart inside a box with paint trails made by marble

If you like, you can try some other sizes of balls. You find some some fun ideas for Ball Painting here. (We’ve tried everything from bouncy balls to wiffle balls!)

We used a regular size marble for this paper heart craft, but you might like a different ball better.

And….that’s it! What a fun Valentine craft for preschool! You can display your marbled paper hearts on a bulletin board or even write messages on them to give out as Valentine cards.

Grab the free Heart Printable PDF!

free heart printable template

To grab the free heart template printables for this preschool marble painting Valentine’s hearts craft, simply click the black download button below to grab your free printable heart templates pdf file. You’ll instantly get the big heart shape template to make this fun marbled heart craft!

Free large heart template:

These free heart templates can also be used for other Valentine crafts as well.

You might like to make a heart garland, use it as a heart stencil for school projects or for any other diy projects.

It’s the perfect heart for adding to a homemade gift, love notes, heart crafts and Valentine’s day party art projects. You can use this printable file in a variety of ways.

More Marble Painting Crafts

Love Marble Painting? Me too!

For more Marble Painting ideas (and free printables) check out these Marble Paint ideas on my blog. There’s a fun Marble Painting Pumpkin Craft here.

This Apple Marble Paint Craft is perfect for back to school, apple picking season, or the letter A!

You can find a marble painting Halloween Bat and a Marble Paint Mummy for Halloween.

And don’t miss my favorite: These adorable Snow Covered Marble Paint Winter Trees! Such a fun idea!

You can find lots of ideas for painting with balls here. Find a new art idea today!

heart marble paint art - 3 hearts shown marble painted (red, pink and white)

More Preschool Valentine Activities

Need more fun Valentine’s Day activities for kids?

You can find some Free Printable Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages here. There’s a teddy bear, sweet treats, and bees to color!

Want an easy craft? You’ll love this Symmetry Heart Craft. It’s a super simple fun craft with the free printable hearts.

There’s some free printable Valentine Dot to Dot pages here. These are great for number recognition and fine motor skills.

Want adorable Valentine’s day projects? Check out this Valentine’s Day Poem Handprint Art. These make super cute Valentine’s Day cards for parents and grandparents!

Another great idea for Valentine’s day are these free printable Valentine Color By Numbers. What a fun way to practice skills and engage kids!

Want to save this preschool Valentine Heart art activity for later? Pin the image of this heart art project to your Pinterest board! 

Marble Paint Heart Craft - a fun Valentine's Day marble paint art project for preschool with a free heart template