Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I Love My Family Valentine Craft: Project #12 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #12: I Love My Family Valentine Craft
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up

A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift for Any Member of the Family

Supplies Needed:
  • Sheet of Cardboard about 8.5" x 11" or a little smaller
  • Glue Sticks
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Stamp Pad
  • Aluminum Foil
  • 1 Sheet Red Construction Paper
  • Thread or string (grey or silver is best)
  • 1 Long Red Pipe Cleaner
  • Newspaper (to keep work area neat)
Time Needed:
About 30 Minutes

What To Do:
  1. Cut out 5 heart shapes from cardboard (adult only). We made 3 larger and 2 smaller ones.

  2. Tear off 5 pieces of aluminum foil, each large enough to cover the front of the cut out hearts plus a little extra.
  3. Cover each 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 out a piece of cardboard approximately 10" x 3".
  5. Cover with foil.
  6. Cut out a 9" x 2" rectangle from the red construction paper.
  7. With the Sharpie pen write "I Love My Family" on the red rectangle. We had a heart sticker so we replaced "Love" with the heart sticker.

  8. Using the glue stick, adhere the red rectangle to the foil rectangle.
  9. Cut three 5" pieces of thread (or string) and tape 1 to the back of each of your larger foil hearts.
  10. Cut two 3" pieces of thread (or string) and tape 1 to the back of each of your smaller hearts.
  11. Tape the five threads (or strings) to the back of the foil rectangle so that they dangle at different heights.

  12. Create the heart hanger from the pipe cleaner. Fold pipe cleaner in half. That mid point will be the heart's dip. Form the heart, twist the pipe cleaner twice, and then tape the pipe cleaner to the back of the foil rectangle.
  13. Hang and Enjoy or Give as a gift.

    Add a photo to each of the hearts. Cut each photo into a circle and glue to the center of each heart.
    Write a family member's name on each heart by gluing a small piece of paper to each heart.
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by doing as much of this project on his own as possible. He may also enjoy including one of the optional ideas above.

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 enjoys sensory stimulation, let him have some fun with the tin foil. It makes a great sound, can be crumpled and then smoothed out, and is shiny. Give him a few extra pieces to just explore and play with.

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 hearts. Safety scissors do not work on cardboard, so an adult should do this part.

If your child has an aversion to any supplies listed, substitute for something he doesn't mind (tape for glue, for example).

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:
  • SeeryusMama recommends reading "I Love You Through and Through" by by Rossetti-Shustak.  An adorable, rhythmic book about all the parts of her child the narrator loves. Very comforting as a good night story.

  • Ask your child to give you his first name, middle name and last name. Does he know your whole name? What about the other members of the family?
  • Show your child how to make symmetrical shapes. Fold a piece of paper in half and draw half of a heart, circle, square, and rectangle along the fold. Show your child how to cut out each. Surprise! When you open the shape, it's complete! Now draw the shapes for your child (if he can't do it) and have him cut them out!
  • Ask your child how LOVE is shown to him. You will get some great answers to this question. I suggest writing these down because they can be funny!
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1 comment:

AnimalSmile said...

Still remember the old childhood days making some arts like that, glad to see this post to teach my young nieces for their valentine decoration arts.. Thanks!

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