Valentine Hearts:

A Valentine Necklace Craft

Turn Valentine hearts into a fun necklace craft for your preschooler. This is Valentine activity for your child can be a fun party activity or they can give it away to someone as a special Valentine gift.

This Valentine art project will require a little more preparation from you than most of our other activities. I prepared the necklace, then let my daughter decorate the Valentine hearts. She could have picked out heart colors and peeled the backs off of the stickers, but she was sleeping when I started the necklace.

If your child is like mine they like dress-up so this necklace is perfect to play dress-up. Now if you have a little boy and don't want him to wear the necklace he could give it to a special grandma, aunt, neighbor. Then let him make our Valentine hat to play dress-up.

Let's talk for a moment about providing learning opportunities. During this Valentine craft project you can easily incorporate vocabulary, pre-math skills with shapes and of course color recognition. We talked about heart shapes, counted heart, discussed colors and talked about yarn.

One very important thing to remember: Since this is a necklace do not let your child play with it unattended. Safety First when it comes to things worn around the neck that could become choking hazards.

Valentine Hearts

What You Need:

1. Yarn

2. Scissors

3. Foam heart stickers or construction paper and glue

4. Embellishments (We chose stickers, markers and pom-pom balls.)

5. Glue

What You Do:

1. Cut a length of yarn that when tied will fit safely around your child's head (or gift recepient)

2. Tie ends of yarn into a knot to make necklace

3. If using stickers, place hearts back to back on either side of yarn. I chose different colors for each side so the necklace can be worn both ways.

4. If using construction paper, cut out heart shapes and glue hearts back to back on either side of yarn.

5. Use embellishments to decorate the hearts

Tips for Teaching:

1. Talk about Valentine colors: red, pink, purple, white 2. Count the hearts on the necklace 3. Talk about yarn: how it feels, what it looks like, other things it's used for, find things around the house made of yarn.

Remember, let your preschooler participate as much as possible. This helps them develop creativity and problem solving skills. Also, most of our project pictures are child produced so you have a better idea of what to expect. You will want to complete the cutting part of the project and placing the hearts back to back. Then your preschooler can do the decorating.

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