This craft is super easy and fun. I also used this as an opportunity to teach Sweet Girl how to cut out a heart by folding a piece of paper in half. She did really well cutting the curved line. I was so pleased with the results of the project that we just may make these to go along with our Valentine cards.
Supplies: Colorful tissue paper cut into squares, construction paper, scissors, glue stick, wax paper (or clear contact paper)
*Obviously, if you use contact paper, you don't need glue for the tissue paper squares. You will need to glue the second heart on to finish the project.
- Fold a piece of construction paper in half.
- Draw half of a big heart and cut it out.
- Draw half of a medium size heart inside the big heart and cut it out.
- Do this again so you have two "hollow" hearts and two solid hearts. (I put the two pieces of construction paper together when I cut them out, but this may be too thick for little hands to cut. Save the solid hearts for another project.)
- Cut a piece of wax paper a little bigger than your hollow" hearts.
- Glue one of the hollow hearts to the wax paper.
- Cover the inside of the heart with glue stick and cover completely using the tissue paper squares.
- Glue another piece of wax paper over the tissue paper covered heart. (I didn't need to do this for Sweet Girl's project, but did for Love Bug's project.)
- Glue the other "hollow" heart so the two hearts match up.
- Display in a window.
*You may want to punch a hole in the top and thread a pretty ribbon or yarn through it so you can hang it up.
This was originally listed as a fingerplay, but I use laminated doilies instead to make it more fun. Of course, you could use any heart-shaped object, but I like the size and look of the doilies. I do not have the original resource, but I know that it is old.
I let Sweet Girl set out and count the valentines. Then, she helped me pick one up at a time as we did the rhyme. She loved this and wanted to do it over and over and over!
Five Gay Valentines
Five gay valentines from the ten-cent store,
I sent one to Mother, now there are four.
Four gay valentines, pretty ones to see,
I gave one to Brother, now there are three.
Three gay valentines, yellow, red and blue,
I gave one to Sister, now there are two.
Two gay valentines, my we have fun,
I gave one to Daddy, now there is one.
One gay valentine, the story is almost done,
I give it to Baby, now there are none.
(Variation: I saved it for you, now there are none.)
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