We’re tackling some “love”-ly projects this month to celebrate Valentine’s Day. My favorite so far started with some printable hearts from Carisa at 1+1+1=1. She always has tons of fun ideas, so her site is worth some browsing time!
Here’s what the kindergartener did with those hearts:
First, she cut them out. She set out to do all of them herself, but asked for help after her hands got tired. That’s a big alphabet, even for a kid with “mad cutting skills”, as she says.
She laid the hearts out in a color pattern as we cut them out. We didn’t cut them out in alphabetical order, though. She insisted that THAT was a separate job! (And it was a nice break from all that fine motor work.)
Then it was time to get the little muscles going again. I punched two holes in each heart, and she used a tapestry needle to thread them onto a l-o-n-g piece of yarn. Pink, of course! There’s more involved in this step than I had anticipated: if you want to keep the hearts in order and all facing the same direction, they all have to be threaded the same way. Yay! Practice with left and right!
Once they were strung, the only thing left to do was share the love! She insisted that the letters had to face the outside of our window. (“So they can all see it!”)
So many skills packed into one little garland: cutting, pattern recognition, alphabet practice, left and right, sewing, and love!
If you’re interested in seeing more garlands that inspire me, check out my Pinterest board: Garland Obsession. And if you’re interested in more great projects and home school support, be sure to visit the ABCs of Home Schooling and 1+1+1=1.