Making a 3D paper heart collage in preschool

Valentine’s day is right around the corner and our Pre-K class got a jump start on it by exploring hearts. We began by reading the simple children’s book titled, “The Day it Rained Hearts” by Felicia Bond.

After reading the book, the children then got busy making these fun 3D paper heart collages…

To make these hearts, the children started by folding a strip of paper in half to make the point of the heart first…

Then the children opened the folded strip of paper and rolled each end of the paper towards the folded line in the middle…

Once the ends of the strips were curled inward, the children loosened up the curls a bit and then glued the sides of the hearts down on a black sheet of construction paper….

Some of the children explored the 3D process a bit by gluing strips of paper in a variety of ways on their black sheet of construction paper…

The curling of the paper strips took some practice for the children but once they tried a few, they got the hang of it…

This isn’t the kind of project you just throw out there and expect the children to understand what to do. I had to walk the children through the steps the first time but once they saw the process, they were then able to complete the process in their own way…

The bright colored hearts on the black construction paper looked lovely in our classroom. Once the children got the hang of things, they really enjoyed the process and took their time creating some beautiful 3D heart collages..

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By |2012-02-01T18:00:41+00:00February 1st, 2012|

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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.


  1. Stacie February 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    We have this book! This is such a fun idea….pinning it!

    Hope you are having a great school year!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Stacie – I hope you are having a great year too:) I saw your pin!!

  2. Chris March 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I LOVE your emails! I am always excited to see what else I can use with my old 3’s and young 4’s. I always find something to take away from every email. How can I ever thank you for sending such useful art ideas!!!

    I told a fellow teacher, who is very craftsy, and she made a note of it. She is going to love, love, love your ideas, too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you Chris:) I am so glad you shared with others too! That was so very sweet of you:)

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