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A Valentine’s Day Art Activity: Painting a Map of My Heart

by Jean Van't Hul
February 14, 2022
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A lovely Valentine’s Day art activity for children and families. Everyone paints a map of their heart depicting who and what they love and value.

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Updated January 2022

We’ve done this sweet heart mapping activity from Mariah Bruehl’s great book, Playful Learning, several times and it is always a special project.  

But Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect time to revisit it.

We combined mapping our hearts with make-your-own paint with water pages because they seemed like a match made in heaven!

And the two ideas worked wonderfully together!

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Valentine’s Day Art Activity



  1. Cut out heart shape

    Use scissors to cut out large hearts from watercolor paper.

  2. Add paint-with-water section

    To create the paint-with-water area, squeeze little dots of watercolor paint (from tubes) along one side and let dry. If you’d like you can write “Map of My Heart” across the top.


  3. Draw the Map of Your Heart

    Use the pen to draw and write the things you and your family love inside the heart.

    mapping your heart

  4. Paint!

    Then, dip a paintbrush into some water and dab the paint spots on the heart. Use your paintbrush to fill in the hearts with your paint!

    painting a heart

Nothing like a little family bonding and reflection time disguised as a Valentine’s Day art activity to make us happy. 

The little dots of dried watercolor paint worked surprisingly well. And the kids loved the idea!

Valentine's Day Art heart maps
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

You can hang your hearts together, where you can be reminded of your loved ones all month long!

Another good spur-of-the-moment one is the interactive heart mandala. And, of course, either the Map of My Heart or the interactive heart mandala can be made any time of the year, not just at Valentine’s Day.

How about you? Did you do any family Valentines day art activities today?

Want even more creative ideas?

Check out our Hearts Activities pack!

We think you’re going to LOVE this sweet collection of adorable heart activities! This 32-page printable eBook is full of coloring pages, drawing prompts, games, and more!

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