Symmetrical smoosh heart art has been made in the preschool classroom since the dawn of time. This is a classic for a reason and one you’ll want to do year after year.
Get ready for symmetrical smoosh heart art
I can’t remember a single Valentine’s Day where I haven’t made this type of art either with kids or as a kid myself.
Each one is quick, colorful, and like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.
Grab your paper, paint, scissors, and you’re ready to make the cutest heart art!
Symmetrical smoosh heart art is also a math activity
I LOVE it when the worlds of math and art intersect (which is quite often – they’re practically related).
If you’re looking for an art activity, symmetrical smoosh heart art is perfect.
If you’re looking for a math activity, symmetrical smoosh heart art is perfect.
This is a “two birds, one stone” situation.
Looking for more heart art? We love these activities:
- Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Heart Art
- Bubble Wrap Heart Art
- Scrunched Tissue Paper Heart Art
- Printable Love Cards
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- Step 1: Fold your paper in half and cut out a heart – if your child knows how to use scissors, this is a perfect step for them to do.
- Step 2: Add drops of paint to one side of the heart – if your child cannot squeeze paint directly from the bottle, they can spoon it on from shallow cups filled with paint.
- Step 3: Close the heart by folding the two sides together and massaging the colors together – some paint might creep out the sides, and that’s fine.
- Step 4: Open the heart to reveal the design – the very best part!
Even if you use the same colors for two hearts, no two will be exactly the same.
Related: Our printable 8.5″ x 11″ heart coloring pages are perfect for a low-prep activity (and it comes with 20 darling designs)
How is this a math project?
When you open your heart, the two sides will be symmetrical copies.
Symmetry is a branch of geometry that we see all around us.
When doing this activity with kids, you’ll hear me say things like:
- “This side of the heart looks like a mirror image of the other side because they are symmetrical.”
- “Do you see this side of the heart has a yellow spot in the middle? Look, the other side also has a yellow spot in the middle. This is because they are symmetrical.”
- “Whatever you see on the left half of the heart, you will also see on the right side of the heart. This is because both sides are symmetrical.”
Yep, I’ll say the word “symmetrical” a lot. When children learn new vocabulary, it’s important to use it frequently and in a context where they can see what you are explaining.
Optional challenge: after being introduced to symmetry, invite your child to go around the home or classroom and find other items that are symmetrical (including people, animals, clothes, and more).
I will always love symmetrical smoosh heart art
And they’re exactly perfect.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any that can safely use the materials. For children who are not yet comfortable with scissors, an adult can precut the hearts for them.
I can’t think of a paper that wouldn’t be fine for this activity! Basic copy paper, construction paper, and cardstock would be great. Watercolor paper is my favorite type of paper because of its weight, but I don’t think you need it for this project.
Yes! This style of art goes by many names, including smoosh painting (my favorite), blotter art, squish painting, and symmetry painting.