P is for Projects

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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.

cut out heart by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

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.)
pattern by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

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!

little hands at work by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

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!”)

heart garland by selcmom, on Pix-O-Sphere

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.

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About Heidi

I'm a pastor's wife, striving to live generously. I'm also a homeschooling, gardening, knitting, cooking, reading mom.
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5 Responses to P is for Projects

  1. Awesome post and awesome project. I need to take a break from the birthday-palooza to focus on some of this type of thing. Not this week. The birthday-palooza is Saturday so I am frantically trying to clean the house for company, make sure there is enough food, finish the cupcakes, put the finishing touches on her birthday present, etc.

    But next week, after the whirlwind is over, this sounds like a good idea. I have 2 kids in the right age for this.

    I am following your Pinterest. I love the garland board. (I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest, because I can lose so much time there.This garland one is great and I may have to copy most of it to my own.:))

    • Heidi says:

      Cristy, I just tried to comment on *your* post and for some reason it didn’t work. But… applause, applause to you and your entire family for getting healthy together! 🙂 Sounds like you’re in shape for the birthday-palooza!

  2. Kim says:

    I love the garland and the many ways you can sharpen your daughter’s school skills! The garland looks beautiful in the window!

    I just decided to get on Pinterest too. As Cristy says I could lose a lot of time on that too!

  3. Dawn says:

    What a fun project for kindergarten! I’m not a huge project person, but once in a while we’ll tackle something that makes a mess and lets the kids be creative. It’s always worth it. Great P Heidi! 🙂

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