We are snowed in. Last Friday night and Saturday, we got nearly 40″ of snow which has never happened before in the history of record keeping in the Harrisburg area.
ByÂ Saturday afternoon, the girlsÂ had played outside (that’s too much snow to really do anything in) and played games and made meals and played with all their toys, and theyÂ were all ready for something else.
So I had the brilliant idea to do some heart crafts, partly just to have fun and partly to share with you here.
The girls were into this for all of fifteen minutes and then abandoned me to make heart animals and clean up all the paper mess all by myself. I had many more animals on my list to make, but I got kind of burned out after thirteen, so that’s all you get. I would like to say that I’ll do another post with more, but that is probably a lie.
Making one animal out of hearts is fun. Two is still pretty neat.
Thirteen at one time is tedious non-fun.
Just thought you should know in case you decided to make them in bulk like I did.
- Colored paper – I couldn’t find any nice packs of Valentine’s paper at the craft store, so I bought light pink, fuchsia, red, and black cardstock from Amazon. We used plain white printer paper for that color.
- A black marker
- Glue stick or tape (Glue stick is better. Hot glue would work, too. I love me some hot glue.)
- Not pictured – googly eyes
- Not pictured or used but would improve the product – glitter glue
The Heart-Shaped Animals
First, a caterpillar. If I’d had longer white paper, I would have made a longer caterpillar.
If you wanted to bring some science into the craftiness, you could talk to your little ones about how caterpillars turn into butterflies.
If I hadn’t been so over this project, I would have added some pipe cleaner antennae and some glitter glue decorations. I think that would make this little butterfly go over the top.
Did you know that ladybugs’ wings are always symmetrical? Another little tidbit to throw at your kids.
This is meant to be a raccoon.
And one minor modification turns him into a fox.
Panda bear. Have you seen the video of a panda at the National Zoo in Washington, DC rolling around in the snow? It’s really cute.
This was Grace’s creation. She said it looked like an Asian elephant without additional heart ears (because Asian elephants have small ears). With the big ears, it is an African elephant.
A few minor changes and the pig turns into a kitty cat.
Owl. This was Allie’s favorite of my creations. For the owl, you have to cut off the bottom point of your big heart and then trace it onto white paper for the belly.
So that’s it.
Have you ever made heart-shaped animals with your kids?
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