Whenever my niece visits me , she makes it a point that she has some craft time with me and my daughter. I absolutely love that one on one time. I am amazed by how quickly kids learn things and how fast their fine motor skills develop.
These lovely little hearts were made by my sweet niece and my lovely daughter. Initially we decided we will make lot of hearts. Eventually we made a paper basket to hold them too.
After they finished their project they were super proud. My niece came to me and gave me a heart from her basket and said , " This is specially for you Mami ( Aunt). Thank you for all you do". It really touched my heart.
My daughter brought one and said, " This is for you Mommy for teaching me to make a heart - a symbol of love". And then I got a warm heart felt hug from her.
I guess this is why I love doing craft projects with kids so much..these priceless moments are my reward. I got so involved in teaching them that I took less pictures than usual. Apologies for that.
Here are some of the best pictures I have. Hope they are of help along with the instructions of the project.
Instructions for making the Paper Hearts:
- For making the hearts we used paper strips of multiple colors and varying widths ranging from 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Its better to use a light weight paper like print paper.
- Hold the corner of the strip and fold it into a triangle along the width. Refer the first picture.
- Crease the fold and the keep on folding the triangle till you reach the end where you snip a little and tuck the remaining strip in the flap.
- Pinch the resulting triangle at the center and puff it a little to make it look like a heart shape.
- To get rounded corners cut them a little with scissors ( refer picture )
- Wider paper will result in a bigger heart.
- Adults should help kids for rounding the heart as it really needs muscle power and sharp scissors.
- This is a very popular way of making heart. You can get video tutorial on you tube if you need further instructions. I did not use any particular video for this tutorial. I shared this project as I tried making it with kids for the first time.