Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Conversation Hearts Valentine Craft
Conversation hearts are always a big part of our Valentine's Day celebration, so I thought it would be fun to do a craft made to look like them. There are affiliate links within this post for your convenience.
Every year we do conversation heart math on Valentine's Day. Graphing, estimating, counting, all sorts of fun manipulation of numbers happens there. This year, we got to do a little bit of English as we made this craft together.
The kids painted wooden hearts using acrylic paints. While they painted, we brainstormed all the sayings we could think of that we've seen on conversation heart candies. We talked about what we would put on a heart, we talked about why 2 word sayings work best.
Once the hearts were dry, I used a red Sharpie to write "Happy Valentine's Day" as an example for the kids. I used a post it note to keep my letters in a straight line.
I traced a plate onto a big Bristol pad and arranged the hearts in a circle to make sure they would all fit.
Hannah and Jack wrote sayings on the rest of them. There were a couple of "oopsies" of course, so we just painted the backside of those hearts, and I wrote on them later.
I cut my Bristol paper circle out and arranged them all until I got a layout that worked. Then I used white glue to glue the bottom layer to the Bristol circle and the top layer to the bottom layer.
The finished wreath is very lightweight, and currently hangs in our school room next to last year's St. Patrick's Day picture frame. This was a fun and easy craft that we could work on together, and I know it will make me smile when I put it up each year.
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