With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it feels like we have been “heart attacked” (hearts magically appearing everywhere) by our own doing.
The newest addition to our walls took some concentration and creativity for my kids to make as they practiced getting their little fingers to manipulate small objects. With the addition of beads to our lacing activity it added a new element of fine motor control and a chance for my kids to practice building patterns. The hearts make us smile because they turned out super cute and the kids are really proud of their hard work. Each heart turned out different and could be used as decorations or turned into homemade cards with a love note or candy added to it.
- Craft paper (We used scrapbook paper with printed patterns on it for added cuteness)
- Hole punch
- Beads (optional)
- Draw hearts on the craft paper and have child cut them out.
- Use the hole punch to punch holes around the the edge of the heart. You can let the child punch holes if the paper isn’t too thick and their hands are strong enough. My daughter loves using the hole punch but she had a difficult time punching through our scrapbook paper.
- Cut a piece of yarn that is long enough to line the outside of the heart and tie it through a hole to secure it.
- Have child lace the yarn through the holes in the heart. If the yarn is difficult to push through the holes add a little tape around the end so the yarn doesn’t unravel. Kids can add beads to the yarn as they lace. My daughter thought using beads was especially fun and she even practiced making patterns without being prompted to.
Like I mentioned earlier we have hearts everywhere. This Mix ‘n Squish Hearts Activity was a big hit! The kids learned about primary and secondary colors while enjoying some mess free sensory play.
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