My kiddos only have a half-day of school today (oh happy/happy/joy/joy!) because of Parent/Teacher Conferences so I'll make this post quick.
On Tuesday, Mary and Ben had their classroom Valentine's Day parties. I was in charge of games and crafts for the kindergartners. I found this post on yarn Valentine hearts from Red Bird Crafts. I think I really like her plain and simple cardboard backgrounds...seems to make the yarn colors pop!
|Source: Red Bird Crafts|
Photo Source: Red Bird Crafts
But, I decided to change things up just a bit. I adhered red scrapbooking paper to the cardboard and purchased variegated purple yarn for lacing. The changing colors of the yarn were a huge hit with the 5 and 6-year old crowd.
So, without further ado, here's my finished product...
I made nine of these...one for each kiddo. They were quick and easy.
I started with cardboard from both cereal boxes and shoe boxes. While the shoe box cardboard was sturdier, the cereal box cardboard was definitely easier to work with.
I cut out red construction paper to size using my Friskars scissors. (Logically, it makes more sense to just glue down the construction paper first and then cut to size, but I found that the paper was tearing as I cut when I glued it first to the cardboard. The plastic-y scissors didn't have quite enough strength to cut through the shoe box cardboard. Thus, I cut out squares first and then used my Friskars to cut the scrapbook paper.)
Next, I used heart-shaped cookie cutters to trace heart shapes onto the lacing cards.
Using a hole punch, I punched the circumference of each heart placing holes about 1/4 inch apart.
Finally, I cut about 36" in length of yarn. I double knotted the ends for each child and created a tape "aglet" (that plastic or metal end to a shoe lace to keep the fibers from splitting). This prevented lots of tears and frustration!
And there you have it! A simple Valentine lacing card. I taught the kindergartners how to back stitch using this tutorial. Some got it...others didn't. Hey...she's got a classroom of nine, SEVEN of which are boys! :)
Wishing you lots of hugs and kisses today!