Each year around Valentine’s Day, we create animals using heart shapes. This year, my daughter wanted to use some fun Valentine’s paper to make a cat–she’s quite pleased with the results and named her kitten “Valentine”.
- patterned or unpatterned paper in pinks and reds
- heart stickers or a heart punch (optional)
- a white sheet of paper
1. Plan out your artwork. Decide how to break down your chosen animal into heart shapes. If you are stuck, use half-hearts (the cat’s legs are half hearts). My five year old assisted a lot with the planning. With younger kids you can pre-trace or pre-cut the shapes.
2. Trace and then cut out your heart shapes. We fold the paper in half to make symmetrical hearts.
3. Paste your pieces onto the paper.
Last year she made an owl out of hearts. My son made a puppy but I couldn’t find the picture.
- Literature: Read “My Heart Is Like a Zoo“. Can you spot all the hearts?
- Geometry / Art: What other shapes can you find in nature? Try to make another animal out of shapes! Learn about tangrams.
- Mathematics (Advanced): Learn about the shapes that tend to appear in nature and the mathematical rules that govern some of them, such as fractals (rivers, lightening strikes, coastlines, etc.) or Fibonacci sequences (nautilus shells, sunflower seeds, pine cones).