This canvas name art craft for kids is perfect to add on to your kids bedroom decorations. Not only is this one of my favorite name activities for elementary students but my toddler and preschooler loved it too! One of the perks was that it was a great name recognition activity for my two year old. We created multiple canvases and decorated some valentines hearts and other shapes too.
Canvas Name Art Craft for Kids Activity
I purchased these wonderful Fun Chalk Markers on Amazon the other day and since I purchased it the kids and I can’t seem to get enough of them! For Valentines Day I used them to write love notes to my kids on special mirrors and glass telling them how much I love them.
According to my Printable Kids Activity Calendar for February I had slotted in an activity for my glue gun, water colors and hearts. Instead of doing just that my kids suggested that they write their names instead!
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Printable Canvas Name Craft For Kids
- Canvases that have already been primed with Acrylic gesso.
- Fun Chalk Markers (Trust me when I say that you need to have a set of these at home!). If you don’t have fun chalk markers and don’t want to purchase them you can try to use markers, paint, water colors or anything else that you have on hand at home.
- Glue Gun (I used a low temp glue gun that I have at home for the kids. This is the tough part because it takes time and effort but if your kids are older they may prefer to do this part instead of you needing to do it for them.)
- Pencil for tracing template and paper for printing templates.
Now you are ready to begin this name art activity.
Step One: Print out the letters of your kids names, cut and trace on to your canvas.
I have included a printable here for you that includes 2 sizes of capital and lowercase letters A-Z as well as a few shapes that you may like to use. I hope this helps!
Then cut out the letters and shapes you want to use and then trace them on to your canvas.
Step 2: Use your glue gun over all the lines that you traced.
This part was definitely challenging for the kids. I mostly did this part for them. Older elementary kids will be able to do this. I had my first and third grader do some of it for the experience but then I helped them finish this part.
Step 3: Set out your materials to invite the kids to create.
Just watch how the kids immediately gravitate towards this activity. My two year old saw me prepping and knew I was up to something. As soon as I put the canvases down on her table she RAN to it. (I wasn’t even able to capture a picture of my table pre-kids because she was so fast!)
I allowed her to explore the material. She colored inside the hearts and then loved making dots all over the hearts.
My 9 year old son was amazed at the color payoff. Look at how vibrant that is! I tried doing this activity with watercolors before they came home from school but I was disappointed in how dull it looked.
If you do the glue gun part this would be one of the most amazing name crafts for preschoolers!
See how beautiful it is! I love how the glue keeps it from looking flat and gives some texture to the project.Printable Name Craft For Kids - this art project was fun! http://bit.ly/2gEjqHZ
Here is my heart version.
I painted the hearts with Fun Chalk Markers and used watercolors for the background
See how the watercolor and chalk markers differ in color vibrance?
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