Valentine’s Day Lacing Hearts* – From our favorite Craft Blogger, Jolene Timm
Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday for little kids. It teaches them about kindness, love, and affection for family and friends. Not to mention the crafts for this holiday are so stinkin’ cute!
Before we get to the craft though, let me share a little secret with you. Cooking dinner is always a stressful time at our house. As Murphy’s Law would have it, this is the time when my daughter seeks the most attention. You know, that exact moment when I am chopping, sauteing, boiling, or stirring, happens to be the exact moment when she decides she needs a captive audience to watch her rendition of Swan Lake (yes it’s happened). After a few endless battles of crying, we decided that while I am making dinner, S will be busy working on a craft or activity that can be done at the kitchen table. Our activities vary from play-doh to painting to cutting and gluing. Whatever it is though, I make sure that it is something that can be done independently with only minor supervision. Now, that was probably a long winded way of telling you that this craft is perfect for such an occasion, and you can even stretch it out into a couple of nights. Your welcome!
As you already know, the teacher in me never rests. This little craft is chalk-full of learning fun! From artistic expression to building fine motor skills, this craft has it all. Like I said, you can stretch this project into two parts if you so choose.
Here is what you will need:
Part One (if you choose to use paint):
white or colored cardstock (1 per heart)
Now, there are many ways you can go about doing this project. My little S just loves to paint, so that is where we started. However, if you’re seeking something a little bit more instant, go ahead and skip down to part two.
This part is easy. Let your little paint the paper any way they choose. In fact, I let my daughter paint a few different sheets of paper. This bought me some time (to cook that fabulous dinner) and she enjoyed it. Set aside and let dry.
painted or plain cardstock
yarn or ribbon
Choose the paper your are using. If you are using plain paper, I would suggest using a colored piece of cardstock for a more festive feel. Using your scissors, cut a large heart shape out. Now, if you are old school like me, you can fold your paper in half and cut the half of heart shape out (like we all learned in school). If you are letting your little cut, I would suggest using the folded paper method and drawing the template for them to cut on the line. Flatten your heart shape out and using your hole punch, punch holes along the edge of the heart shape. The more holes, the more complex it will be for your child. So, you will need to determine how many holes to punch based on your child’s ability.
Next, I cut off a long piece of yarn from the roll; probably about 2 feet long. String the yarn through one of the holes in heart and tie a knot. This will prevent the yarn from falling off. Demonstrate for your child how to weave the yarn through the holes. The rest is up to them. Again, I let my daughter sit at the kitchen table while I made dinner and she worked on her heart.
I let her choose how to string the yarn through. She naturally just went around the edges, but I imagine some children will go from side to side, others will have no pattern. The beauty is there is no right or wrong way and they are working on their fine motor skills. The only thing left for you to do will be to pick a spot in the house to proudly display their work of art.