The Day It Rained Hearts
No-Cook Chocolate Valentine Hearts

Raining Hearts Valentine Action Painting

This recipe was inspired by The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond. To learn more about the book and to see all our The Day It Rained Hearts activities, click here


Candy conversation hearts truly are the smell of Valentine’s Day. I have never been one to eat the little treats but to me they epitomize the excitement of this fun holiday. Much cheaper than chocolates and uses ranging from math manipulative to valentine bingo markers, we have even incorporated them into our holiday decorating.

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After reading The Day It Rained Hearts, inspiration struck that the little hearts would also be great fun in use in a valentine art project. Although enjoying the book first is not a necessity, it does add to the fun of making the hearts “rain” down on the glue.

This is a modified version of the Jackson Pollock-style Action Painting we created while reading Olivia. Making this with your young reader provides another great opportunity to learn about one of America's most well-know artists

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Raining Hearts Valentine Action Painting

What You Will Need

  • Candy conversation hearts
  • Cardboard or heavy paper
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter


How To Do It

  1. Drizzle glue all over the cardboard then use the paintbrush to give it more even coverage. Add more glue if it seems too thin. 
  2. Start tossing candy hearts! 
  3. Add paint by flicking it with a paintbrush, a toothbrush, a stick, whatever sounds like fun. 
  4. Add glitter while the paint and glue are still wet.



Why We Like It

  • Squeezing the glue bottle build hand strength.
  • Tossing the candy hearts from different angles and heights is a fun way to explore motion.
  • Action painting is a fun way to learn about the work of Jackson Pollack.
  • Glitter is fun!

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