Preschool is a great time to get into crafting because kids start focusing better and developing important motor skills like folding, sorting, and drawing straight lines. This Valentine’s Day, take advantage of the season and create some fun, festive crafting opportunities for your preschooler. Here are a few of our favorite Valentine’s Day crafts for little hands:
Wreath of Rainbow Hearts
Cutting, folding, taping, and stapling are the only skills required to make this colorful wreath of hearts, and a parent or teacher can take care of the first and last steps to make it a preschool-safe activity. The end result will be a wreath of hearts in any size or combination of colors – it’s all up to your child to get creative.
To start, grab scissors, clear tape, a mini-stapler, and a stack of construction paper or cardstock paper in various colors. Then fold each piece of paper, cut it horizontally into one-inch strips, and have your child follow these steps:
- Grab a few handfuls of colorful strips (as many or as few as they want)
- Form one strip into the shape of a heart (folding in both ends until they meet)
- Tape the strip together (place a piece of tape around the ends, giving the heart its curves)
- Repeat for the rest of the strips
- Arrange all the hearts into a circle, with the bottom tips pointing toward each other in the shape of a wreath
After the hearts are ready to become a wreath, use your mini-stapler to attach each strip to the one next to it.
Colorful Heart Suncatcher
Another colorful, heart-shaped craft with room for creativity, the tissue paper suncatcher is also a great opportunity to learn about sunlight and shadows. This craft can be red and pink or every color of the rainbow, heart-shaped, or circular. As you gather your supplies, make sure you give your child freedom to choose.
All you need is some contact paper, a stack of tissue paper in different colors, some scissors and tape, and a permanent marker. Start by cutting the tissue paper into tiny squares, placing them into different piles or bowls according to color. Then follow these steps with your child:
- Choose a shape (heart, tree, circle, etc.), then draw the outline right on the back of the contact paper
- Peel off the top sheet and tape the corners of your contact paper (sticky side up!) on a table or window
- Let your child grab all their favorite colors and stick the squares onto the paper
After the adhesive paper is covered with colorful squares, cut out the shape by following your outline on the back. Now you have a colorful heart (or triangle, circle, etc.) that casts colorful shadows on the floor when you hang it in a window.
At Day Star Montessori, we understand how important it is to fill a child’s day with enriching and stimulating activities like hands-on crafts. Contact us to learn more about our educational opportunities for preschoolers.