Thursday, January 20, 2011

Heart Mosaic Valentine Wall Hanging: Kids Craft Project #13 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #13: Heart Mosaic Valentine Wall Hanging
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up


A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift or Decoration

Supplies Needed:
Time Needed:
15 - 30 Minutes

What To Do:
  1. Cut out 2 heart shapes - one from cardboard and the other from red construction paper. The one from cardboard (adult only) should be slightly larger than the one from the red construction paper.
    Hint:
    Cut one along the outer part of the template line and the other along the inner part of the template line. Heart Template
  2. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover the front of the larger heart  plus a little extra.
  3. Cover the larger heart with aluminum foil by pressing it down against the heart, smoothing it out, and then wrapping the excess around to the back. Set aside.
    Hint: If the foil piece is too small or tears just add another piece using stick glue to keep the 2nd piece of foil on top.


  4. Cut random shapes from your purple (or pink) foam or construction paper. Angular looks best. You need 10-15 pieces depending on the size of each.
    In this version we used pink foam.
  5. Peel off the back of each foam shape and stick to the red heart like a mosaic. If you're using construction paper adhere each shape using white or stick glue.
    In this version we used a darker pink heart with light pink foam.
  6. Adhere the red heart to the foil heart so that it's centered using either stick or white glue. You should be able to see a little glimmer of the foil heart behind the red one.
  7. Use the hole punch to make a hole approximately 1 inch down from the dip in the middle of the heart.
  8. On the red heart decorate each shape with either glitter glue or sequins.
    We liberally applied white glue, then the sequins,
    pressed down, let dry for a minute and then let the extra sequins fall

    We used gems on this one too!

  9. Let dry completely.
  10. Cut a piece of thin red ribbon approximately 5 inches long. Thread through the hole and tape one end to the other.
    Hint:
    An easy way to thread it is to first tape the end tightly, making it like the end of a shoe lace.

  11. Hang and enjoy or give as a gift!


    Finished and lovely!

  • OPTIONAL IDEAS:
    • Use different color mosaic pieces: pink, white, purple etc
    • Experiment with other decorations like gems, colored sand, colored rice, and pom poms.
    • Cut out an additional heart on construction paper and glue to the back as a Valentine!
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by adding nice words or phrases to the mosaic boxes: love, hugs, family, Grandma, I love you, the best, etc.

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 has an aversion to any supplies listed, substitute art supplies that your child enjoys. If he doesn't like that sequins, sand, or glitter stick to him - use something else. If he won't touch glue, try using double sided tape.

If your child enjoys sensory stimulation, let him have some fun with the sequins. Dump a pile of them into a deep container. Instead of gluing onto each shape separately, put white glue on all the shapes you want to have sequins, and let you child immerse the heart into the sequins and pour them over the heart.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

Preschool children will not be able to cut out the cardboard heart. Safety scissors do not work on cardboard, so an adult should do this part.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

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:

READ!
And now a word from
SeeryusMama
:
I recommend "The Little Critter" books by Mercer Mayer. They are a great way to talk about why you love those in your family.  In particular, "Just Me and My Mom" and "Just Me and My Dad".  You can expand on that and bring in "Grandma and Me", "Grandpa and Me", even "Just Me and My Little Brother".  There are a host of books featuring the lovable Little Critter, perfect to carry on the love.  We read the Little Critter books quite often because my daughter loves the illustrations too!

I also like "Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse" by Laura Numeroff because it's perfect for kids.  It’s a very quick read that you can expand on it easily.  Create your own story with Mouse or go back and read the other Mouse Stories.  While I’m not a fan of mice, this little Mouse has captured my heart!


SeeryusMama! Not only is she a blogger extraordinaire and all around nice person, she's also a librarian!

Another fun thing to do is to cut a photo from  a magazine with a close up of a face. Then cut the picture into angular pieces. Glue back together as a mosaic on a piece of construction paper, leaving a tiny space between each piece!

Explain what a mosaic is: a decoration made from small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns.
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    2 comments:

    Alicia C. said...

    We're off to start on this project! I want to thank you for reminding parents/other adults to take it easy - it's *the child's* project. It doesn't matter what it looks like in the end. What;s important is the fact that the child knows that he or she did it and can be proud of it! Hopefully, I'll be uploading a picture to Facebook tonight after bedtime. :D

    GummyLump.com said...

    Alicia, this is something I always remind myself of and I'm sure others Moms do too! Doing these crafts is not only great for my kids but great for me too. I'm learning to let them just create and stand back regardless of the mess, or "mistake", or their doing it a completely different way :)It's been very good for me and I hope other Moms are having the same experience. It's also something that my chidren look forward to and get excited about. I just love that they are proud of what they create!

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