Celebrate Valentine's Day with your little one by coming up with a unique creation: a shape collage filled with fuzzy, furry, smooth and rough textures. Your child will embark on a texture scavenger hunt and then use his findings to create a vibrant heart-shaped masterpiece! This fun project will familiarize your child with basic math concepts such as shape and the relationship of parts to a whole. Additionally, this project provides a wonderful opportunity for your child to explores his senses.
What You Need:
- Variety of textured materials (construction paper, gift wrap, tissue paper, craft foam, fabric, felt, foil, cardboard, etc.)
- Clear drying, non-toxic school glue
- Card stock or other sturdy paper
- Glitter (optional)
What You Do:
- Ask your child to draw hearts in a variety of sizes onto the textured materials. If she needs help, consider making a heart template to stencil or trace. Try making different sizes and thicknesses of hearts.
- Help your child cut these out.
- Ask him to glue the hearts onto a piece of cardstock (or other thick paper). Encourage your child to overlap the variety of textures and turn the heart shapes at different angles to create an interesting appearance.
- Invite him to draw lines and squiggles of glue. Then, sprinkle glitter onto the glue foundation. Shake the excess glitter into a container or trash can.
Encourage your child to add more textured materials as he comes across them. Old Valentine's Day cards make a fun material for this project!