Once the garland and lights are down each year, the house begins to feel a little bare. Add to that super cold temperatures that keep the kids indoors and it becomes the perfect time for a simple Valentine’s Day craft like these Heart Animals.
If you have toddlers or young preschoolers, I suggest prepping for this activity by cutting out lots of hearts in various sizes and colors ahead of time. If you have older children, they can cut out the hearts themselves.
Once you have your hearts ready, all you need is a glue stick, some markers, and a bit of imagination.
Let your children mix and match the hearts to create a variety of animals. Younger children may need to see an example or two before they start visualizing their own creatures. You can move the hearts around on the table and talk about what kind of animal it may become.
My youngest put together a couple hearts and added a few other details to create a little cat. (Check out our Heart Cats Craft for another example of this cute kitty!)
My daughter created a super cute dog from the hearts.
They also created a caterpillar and butterfly — all from hearts and a bit of childhood imagination.
What heart animals will your children create?
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