For a puppy dog craft that's sure to win your heart, use actual paper hearts! Once your child learns how to cut a heart shape out of paper, he'll be able to create a cute and cuddly animal made entirely out of hearts. This Valentine's Day craft is a classroom favorite. See what other animals you can create with hearts!
What You Do:
- Show your chid how to cut out paper hearts by folding a piece of paper in half and cutting out a teardrop shape on the folded crease. You can use a pencil to draw the shape out first, if it's easier.
- Once he's familiar with making hearts, have your child make two large hearts using the white paper for the head and body. Turn the hearts upside down, layering them vertically. Then, glue them together.
- Have your child make some medium-sized hearts out of black paper for the ears and paws. Position and glue them in place.
- Cut a smaller black heart for the nose and a red heart for the puppy's tongue.
- Now have your child cut tiny black or brown hearts for the spots. Glue these on the body.
- Draw or glue googly eyes on the head for an expressive face.
Ready for more heart animal inspiration? Try making a ladybug from a heart with tiny heart spots, or a butterfly with hearts as wings!
Tania K. Cowling is a former early childhood teacher and author of teacher resource books. Her Together Time crafts have been featured in print magazines and on the Internet.