Today I am joining several other bloggers to kick off the Kid Craft Challenge for 2016 (links to their projects at the end). Each month we will create a craft based on the challenge chosen for that month. We are starting off with an easy one today. Create a Valentine’s Day Craft for kids. You can participate in the challenge too. Find out how at the bottom.
I don’t know what it is about tape, but my kids love it. They mostly play with it, but my 3rd grader has been getting sneaky. He recently put packaging tape over the hole on the ice dispenser, so that when we pushed for ice to come out, it all piled up. I decided to channel his tape obsession into something a little more productive and convinced him to join me in making washi tape Valentine’s hearts. Out of all three of our kids, this Washi Tape Valatines Day Craft was best suited for him.
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I love washi tape and all the colors, patterns, and designs you can get. Guess what, the kids do too, so I have to hide the tape or it will be gone. Every once in awhile, I feel generous and pull my washi tape out of hiding to do a fun craft with the kids.
Cost: under $10 (you will have washi tape leftover for more projects)
- Card stock
- Various rolls of washi tape (I used 5 different red patterned rolls of washi tape to make this craft.)
Age: If you want to create a craft in which there a patterns like the ones shown, this craft is better suited for older kids. Our preschooler did this project with just a little help, but there was no pattern to her heart. Our kindergartner started it and decided it was not for him, but again he just stuck tape on the heart. Our 3rd grader enjoyed this project and was able to cut the tape and apply it to the heart forming a pattern.
- Cut a heart shape from card stock.
- We started by applying a piece of washi tape across the center of the heart and working down from there alternativing patterns. We then started adding tape above the center piece and worked up.
- Either trim off excess pieces of tape or fold over to the back.
This would be pretty hanging for the ceiling if you add washi tape to both sides of the heart and a piece of string or ribbon to hang it.
This heart was made by our 9 year old. He had fun creating a pattern.
This heart was made by our preschooler. She only needed a little help cutting and applying the tape.
Ideas for learning & development with this project:
- Patterning: According to Zero to Three, a national nonprofit focused on early childhood development and learning, “Patterns help children learn to make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections, and to use reasoning skills.” Discuss the pattern your child created on their heart, but also the patterns within the tape they are using.
- Heart shape for younger kids
- Red & white colors for younger kids
- Scissor skills: For kids who are used to using scissors. Tape is not easy for beginners to cut, who need something stiff and thick like card stock.
Be sure to check out all the these great Valentine’s Day crafts.
- Crepe Paper Heart by My Bored Toddler
- Heart Painting Print by CraftCreateCalm
- St. Valentine Paper Puppet (printable pattern & tutorial) by Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
- Heart Suncatcher by Raising Little Superheroes
- Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath by Raising Fairies and Knights
- Valentine’s Day Advent Calendar For Kids by Play Dough & Popsicles
- Valentine Luminary by The Gingerbread House
- Valentine Paper Lanterns by Kidz Activities
- Valentine’s Day Playdough with a free printable by Crafty Mama in ME
You can join the fun and create your own Valentine’s Day craft. Join our Facebook group here.