Last minute valentine collage for prekindergarten

I titled this for prekindergarten but any child that has the fine motor skills to do this activity will be able to whip it up fairly quickly.  All you need is some construction paper strips to make the hearts and some glue if you want to put the hearts on a piece of paper to make a collage of hearts.

I was literally just sitting here reading through all the new blog posts that are out there when this idea by Lightly Enchanted popped up at me. I sat and tried it right there on my desk to find out…

As I read the post by Lightly Enchanted, I wandered how hard it would be to just make simple hearts out of construction paper strips instead…

I used different lengths and widths of paper strips to see how they would turn out.

[The shorter the length and thinner the width of paper – the more challenging it is to manipulate the paper]

Start off by folding a long, thin strip of construction paper in half then open back up…

Now roll one side of the strip towards the folded center and stop before you get to the center…

Next roll the other side towards the center fold and stop…

Now stretch the curled sides back out so they are not so tight and let go. Pinch the folded middle in tight one more time and you have a heart!

Some of my hearts were skinny, some long, some short and as I looked at them I thought they would make a beautiful 3-D collage so I glued them on a paper candy heart insert that I had left over from one of my valentine boxes that I wrote about the other day:)

Now I have this beautiful collage to adorn my desk and a quick little something to keep hands constructively occupied if we run out of valentine candy, games, cards, and more tomorrow! LOL!

I am linking this up at the last minute with No Time for Flashcards!

By |2011-02-13T22:40:25+00:00February 13th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

9 Comments

  1. Giggles and Crayons February 14, 2011 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I haven’t seen those hearts before, those are too cute!

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 14, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Hi April – Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Polwig February 14, 2011 at 8:27 am - Reply

    These are adorable. Remind me of Easter cut outs we used to do in Poland.

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 14, 2011 at 8:43 am - Reply

      The collage looks so lovely sitting on my desk:)

  3. Alison February 14, 2011 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I am bookmarking this for next year! Love it … and very original!

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 14, 2011 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Thank you Alison:)

  4. Marcia February 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Great idea!

  5. camille February 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    what a wonderful idea, we did something similar with the little ones but we made the hearts into garlands and hanging chains of hearts but unfortunately ran out of time to write about it on the blog.
    yours look lovely, thank-you for the link back by the way 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart February 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      Thank you Camille – I really love your ideas – they are all so beautiful!

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