Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is on February 14th and we have some fun do-it-yourself projects to do with your family.
This simple and fun craft is a great way to re-purpose what would otherwise go into the recycle bin! Take a cardboard tube from toilet paper roll, paper towel or other roll (wrapping paper). Crease it at the bottom to make the point of a heart, and then crease again on the opposite side of the roll, pointing down to the bottom crease, creating a heart shape. Secure the top arches with tape if need be.
Spread washable paint on a paper plate and let your little dip and stamp to their heart’s content! They can fill in the hearts when dry with crayon or paint, or stamp with multiple colors – the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
Shaping food is an easy and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Sure heart shaped cookies are always a hit, but there are lots of other foods that can be shaped too. Using a cookie cutter – or even just a sharp knife – cut sandwiches, slices of cheese and lunch meat into heart shapes. Slice apples or strawberries from the top to the bottom to create a natural heart. Pancakes, waffles, toast and crispy treats are perfect for shaping too.
Low mess and easy motor skill practice makes this a perfect craft for even the tiniest hands! Grab a stack of construction paper – it can even be used as long ask it’s ok to be torn up. Have small hands help, or prep the craft by tearing the paper into small, 1/2 sections. The pieces do not have to be perfect, in fact, the less uniform, the better! Use lots of paper colors, one color or just a few colors.
Next, take a heavy sheet of paper and draw a large heart on it. Then with a glue stick, have your children fill in the heart with the little pieces of paper. In no time you’ll have beautiful mosaic hearts!
We can’t leave out our feathered friends! This is a great project for any little bodies that are anxious to get outdoors. Using pipe cleaners, create a heart shape. Then grab any cereal that has a hole in the middle and string it along the pipe cleaner. Reshape as need be and twist to close when the heart is filled. Tie a ribbon or string and hang it where you can see if from a window so you can watch the birds enjoy their treat!
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