Doing an interactive heart drawing is one of our family’s favorite activities for slowing down and connecting through creativity this time of year.
These are a Valentine take on the back-and-forth mandala drawings we do around the year. We love the process of creating a joint artwork, taking turns adding our own design or layer.
I also LOVE the symbolism of “your heart inside my heart inside your heart”! So sweet!
I do this with each of my kids separately and we also do three-way heart mandalas. I’ll share a video I created of this drawing activity in action as well as some notes of materials, steps, and variations below.
An Interactive Heart Drawing Activity
- Drawing tools*
*Anything goes, really. We’ve done this drawing activity with markers, pens, pencils, crayons, oil pastels, and even paints.
Step One :: The first person starts by drawing a small heart in the center of the page.
Step Two :: The second person adds a layer to the heart drawing, with another heart or some sort of design element around the first.
Step Three :: Continue back and forth until both parties decide that the heart is complete.
Step Four :: Sign your collaborative heart art or add a message to it, if you like.
These heart drawings are beautiful and worthy of displaying!
- Include a larger group in this activity. We usually do our heart mandalas one-on-one, but sometimes do a three- or four-way heart drawing. You could do this with the whole family or a group of friends.
- Instead of going back-and-forth right away, leave the heart drawing out over a few days and let each person add their layer at their leisure.
- Use paints instead of, or in combination with, drawing (as when we first tried this heart art activity).
- Try collage (as with these sticker mandalas).
- A single person can make a heart mandala drawing by adding consecutive layers of drawing elements or colors, as in Daphne’s heart drawing above.
- Do regular back-and-forth mandala drawings (circles) rather than hearts.
- Tailor this activity to another holiday. We add design layers to Easter egg drawings around Easter, for example.
- Do regular back-and-forth drawings together.
More Valentine’s Day Activities for Connection
More heartfelt activities you can enjoy together…
- A Map of My Heart :: This is another one that we’ve come back to again and again. Basically, you start with a large heart and draw/write/paint the things and people that are important to you and have a place in your heart. It can be a sweet low-key family activity and a great conversation starter.
- Bake a Valentine Treat Together :: Make memories in the kitchen as you bake and decorate heart-shaped cookies, make heart hand pies, or cook up a heart-shaped pizza.
- Connect over a Valentine craft or art activity.
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