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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Paper Strip Hearts

Is anyone else in denial that it’s February? Is anyone else also in denial that it’s warm enough to be April in some states?! The snowflakes that I had made with my boys just were not fitting the weather so we had to make some cute hearts out of paper strips…P1030022
I first found the inspiration on Pinterest but since the link there was dead, I found instructions at The Crafty Blog Stalker and adapted it to make these with my son.

This is a great craft to help kids improve fine motor skills…specifically with using scissors. Fold pieces of colorful paper in half width-wise, then half again and half again so you have 8 sections. Have your kids cut along the lines to make strips (they should be about 8 1/2 inches long. We used the fancy scissors that have a pattern to give the strips fun edgesP1020999
Gather 6 strips per heart. Cut 1 1/2 inches off of two of the strips and 3 inches off of two other strips.

Take your longest strips and put them together. Sandwich them between the next longest strips and sandwich those between the shortest strips. Make sure they all line up on one end and staple that end.

Now, bend the loose ends around to meet their matching strip and forming a heart shape. Make sure all of the ends line up and staple them together. With help my 4 year old did the stapling and loved it!P1030008 Hang up your cute hearts and admire your hard work with your little ones.

I’ll be linking up to Kids Get Crafty, What Are Little Boys Made Of?,