Last minute valentine collage for prekindergarten

Last minute valentine collage for prekindergarten

I titled this for prekindergarten but any child that has the fine motor skills to do this activity will be able to whip it up fairly quickly.  All you need is some construction paper strips to make the hearts and some glue if you want to put the hearts on a piece of paper to make a collage of hearts.

I was literally just sitting here reading through all the new blog posts that are out there when this idea by Lightly Enchanted popped up at me. I sat and tried it right there on my desk to find out…

As I read the post by Lightly Enchanted, I wandered how hard it would be to just make simple hearts out of construction paper strips instead…

I used different lengths and widths of paper strips to see how they would turn out.

[The shorter the length and thinner the width of paper – the more challenging it is to manipulate the paper]

Start off by folding a long, thin strip of construction paper in half then open back up…

Now roll one side of the strip towards the folded center and stop before you get to the center…

Next roll the other side towards the center fold and stop…

Now stretch the curled sides back out so they are not so tight and let go. Pinch the folded middle in tight one more time and you have a heart!

Some of my hearts were skinny, some long, some short and as I looked at them I thought they would make a beautiful 3-D collage so I glued them on a paper candy heart insert that I had left over from one of my valentine boxes that I wrote about the other day:)

Now I have this beautiful collage to adorn my desk and a quick little something to keep hands constructively occupied if we run out of valentine candy, games, cards, and more tomorrow! LOL!

I am linking this up at the last minute with No Time for Flashcards!

9 Comments

  • Giggles and Crayons Posted February 14, 2011 12:04 am

    I haven’t seen those hearts before, those are too cute!

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted February 14, 2011 8:24 am

    Hi April – Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Polwig Posted February 14, 2011 8:27 am

    These are adorable. Remind me of Easter cut outs we used to do in Poland.

  • Alison Posted February 14, 2011 8:41 am

    I am bookmarking this for next year! Love it … and very original!

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted February 14, 2011 8:42 am

    Thank you Alison:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted February 14, 2011 8:43 am

    The collage looks so lovely sitting on my desk:)

  • Marcia Posted February 14, 2011 4:11 pm

    Great idea!

  • camille Posted February 14, 2011 7:11 pm

    what a wonderful idea, we did something similar with the little ones but we made the hearts into garlands and hanging chains of hearts but unfortunately ran out of time to write about it on the blog.
    yours look lovely, thank-you for the link back by the way 🙂

  • Deborah J. Stewart Posted February 14, 2011 9:16 pm

    Thank you Camille – I really love your ideas – they are all so beautiful!

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