Lauren and I are feeling the love this Valentine’s Day! We are full of fun Valentine crafts for kids and ideas that target fine motor and other skills. Did you see Lauren’s Squeezable Sensory Valentines? So cute, right?
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Today, we have another cute – and super simple – Valentine’s Day idea to share! You’ll be able to grab the materials for this fine motor craft in no time flat and it’s a perfect classroom or therapy activity when you’re short on planning time. Or, try this activity at home and let your kiddos deliver them to the ones they love!
Weaving is a great way for kids to work on bilateral skills, or using both hands together in a coordinated way. Weaving activities can help kids learn to stabilize an object with one hand while performing fine motor work with the other hand.
Sound familiar? Yep – it’s the same positioning and movements needed for learning how to cut with scissors! So work this and other weaving activities into your fine motor routine to target those bilateral skills and you may see some great progress with cutting skills too!
What You’ll Need:
-Red, Pink, and White Paper
What to Do:
To set this Valentine craft for kids ahead of time:
-Cut out several paper hearts and use an X-Acto knife to cut a few vertical slits in each of the hearts.
You’ll want to make sure to cut the right amount of slits so that your arrow’s tip and end will show on the front of the heart.
-Cut out several paper arrows that are slightly longer than your hearts.
-Provide kids with the hearts and arrows and show them how to weave the arrows through the slits.
For older kids:
-Let kids cut out their own paper hearts. Have them fold the hearts to snip their own vertical slits.
-Have the kids cut out their own arrows and then weave them through the heart!
We can’t wait to hear how this Valentine craft for kids goes with your kids at school or at home. How did you use these cute little hearts? As Valentines to give to a friend? Or as decorations for your room? Leave us a comment below!