Valentine’s Day Heart Garland
Come on, the garland is made of paper hearts- where else will I ever get the chance to use a Heart song title in my post title? Probably never, but today let’s see how many we can use shall we…
I’ve seen this idea all around the internet so this obviously is not original, but this little garland is super easy that even a 6 year old can do it! Mine actually did. This activity really is great for motor planning- it involves patterns, folding, and gluing little strips in place all at the same time. We try to pick activities that will incorporate what Z is doing in therapy at home in a fun way. That’s why I’m sharing this today.
Alright, Let’s “Kick it Out!”
First, cut card stock or construction paper, whatever you have on hand, into little strips. Ours were about 5 1/2″ long by 1″ wide. You don’t have to be to persnickety, they probably would look great with varying sizes as well. Hmmm…. Just thought about that- we’ll do that next time.
We used Red, Hot pink, and light pink. What’s more Valentine’s Day than that?
Next, we folded all of the strips in half. If you have a textured side that you want showing, fold it so that it is facing out.
Once we had them all folded, Z picked a pattern that she liked and put it out on the table. Then the real task of fine motor planning began. You need to decide where to put the glue to make the hearts.
We used a hot glue gun for this so be careful with your little ones- especially if their fine motor skills are still developing.
Place a bead of glue on the edge of the open side of a folded strip.
Continue on for the next 50 strips and you’ll be “Magic, Man.” Little fingers may get tired after a few so this project took us a bit longer than the average bear. You may “Never” want to do this again, but this garland will last long enough that you won’t have to. Now your no longer “Heartless”you have about 50 of em’!
Wow, I really tried to get “Bebe LeStrange”and “Barracuda” in there, but I just couldn’t do it! Bummer! 7 isn’t bad though.
Let me know if you can do any better!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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