Thursday, January 27, 2011

Fabric Heart Valentine Hanging: Project #17 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #17: Fabric Heart Valentine Hanging Kids Craft
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
A Perfect Valentine's Day Decoration


 
Supplies Needed:
  • Artificial rose petals (NOT the hard plastic ones) in red and pink OR 1/2 - 1 inch pink and red fabric squares
    These are the Rose Petals we purchased
  • 4-5 inch Styrofoam in Heart Shape, 1/2
  • Bic Pen Cap or Knitting Needle
  • Red Ribbon
Time Needed:
About 15 Minutes

What To Do:
  1. Center the pointed side of the pen cap on the first petal or fabric square

  2. Gather material around the cap

  3. Push petal/fabric into the Styrofoam heart
    HINT: Do not work too closely to the edges. Keep within about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the outer edge to avoid crushing the edge of the heart.
    Example of petal pushed into heart

  4. Repeat until entire heart is filled with fabric
    HINT: If you don't like the placement of the petal or it pops out, just redo it. The "petals" cover any minor flaws!
    Several petals pushed into the heart
    Almost finished!
    All petals finished!

  5. Cut about 7 inches of red ribbon (1/4inch wide) and join the ends with tape to make a loop
  6. Glue 1 inch of the ribbon to the back of the Styrofoam heart so that the majority is exposed to hang the project
  7. Hang and enjoy or give as as gift
    Beautiful & Easy Valentine's Day Kids Craft!

  8. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! Giveaway is randomly selected.

OPTIONAL IDEAS:
  • Before beginning the project trace the Styrofoam heart onto red construction paper and cut out. Put aside until all petals and the ribbon have been put onto the heart. Add a lovely Valentine message and then glue onto the back of the Styrofoam heart.
  • Before beginning the project apply glue to the sides of the heart and dip into glitter or colored sand.
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by adding a small amount of perfume to the heart. Even spraying a small amount of air freshener on it will give it a pleasant aroma.

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child's small motor skills won't allow him to work with the pen cap, try using something larger like a clicker pen (with ink removed). You can use the pen tip to push the fabric through.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

Associated Educational Activities:  
  1. Learn about The US Postal Service: Valentine's Day is one of the busiest mail days of the year for postal workers! Take your child to the post office. Show him the PO Boxes, the mail boxes, letters, stamps, workers etc! Explain how all the mail gets delivered to a place where it is sorter and then put on trucks for your mail carrier to deliver!
  2. Customize, print, color and send a Valentine to someone special with TwistyNoodle
  3. Sing a song about being a Postal Worker:
    Mail Carrier Song
    Sung to: "My Bonnie lies over the ocean"
    I get to sort the mail,
    Then carry it to your home.
    The mail comes from all over,
    Like New York, Paris, and Rome.
    Mail, mail, mail, mail,
    I love to deliver the mail, mail, mail.
    Mail, Mail, Mail, Mail,
    I love to deliver the mail.


    Do you Drive a Mail Truck? Sung to: "Do your ears hang low?"
    Do you drive a mail truck,
    Walk in snow and rain and muck,
    To deliver mail over hill and dale?
    Do you carry great big boxes,
    Heavy like they're filled with rocks?
    Do you drive a mail truck?

    Find other great occupation songs for kids here


  4.  READ! And now a word from our friend Sky from  *SeeryUsMama
    Read "The Jolly Postman" by Janet and Allan Ahlberg . This award winning children's book is greatly enjoyed by little ones who love finding out what kind of letters are being delivered to various fairytale characters! It's an interactive book with an envelope containing different letters for The Jolly Postman to deliver!


    Inside "The Jolly Postman"

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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

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