Activity:

Heart Animals

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What You Need:

  • Construction paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Children's safety scissors
  • Glue stick

What You Do:

  1. After deciding on an animal, ask your child to name the features and parts that make up the specific creature (tail, feet, ears, and so on).
  2. Talk about how he can use hearts in different sizes or colors to design each part of the animal. For example, a large slim heart turned on its side might work well for a horse's body while a smaller wide heart may be ideal for a dog’s face.
  3. Invite him to draw hearts on the construction paper in a variety of sizes, and help him cut these out.
  4. Ask him to place the hearts on a blank sheet of paper in the general shape of the animal. Compare this to putting together a puzzle.
  5. Help your child gently lift the hearts, after they have been placed onto the paper, and glue them down.
  6. Add smaller hearts or details with markers for eyes, noses, whiskers, and other tiny details.

Use traditional Valentine’s Day colors such as red and pink, or turn this into a colorful animal creation. Repeat this project with other non-heart shapes such as circles or squares for a fun lesson in geometry!

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