With Valentine Day approaching we have been into lovely mood lately. Even though we are not big and traditional celebrators of this day, we still like this theme for our activities and crafts.
So today we decided to make some heart shaped cardboard stackers to fit our Valentine Activity theme.
This idea came when I saw these cardboard stackers from a fellow blogger Jodi Durr. I fell in love with this building toy and couldn't wait to make some for my kids.
Prepare for 3D Building Valentine Activity
- get some red (or any other preferred color) cardboard. And cut out equal hearts. I got my hearts ready already from our Kindness Activity. I just love when I can use already recycled item (a shoe box), that I find near a trash bin for more than 1 craft or activity. So does it make re-re-recycled? 🙂
- cut 4 "v" slits in every heart.
- let your child attach the hearts and form amazing sculptures, shapes, creatures and even planes.
Building itself is very beneficial for kids. However, kids are used to stacking square and triangle shaped blocks. And it's fine too. This 3D building Valentine Activity is unique because kids get to explore more with the heart shape. Connecting 2 hearts is a good motor skills activity.
Creating an object that looks like something (or it doesn't) from heart shapes is not an easy task, but definitely very imagination encouraging. There is also a lot of creation and problem solving involved.
To extend this building Valentine Activity we:
- talked more about the heart shape and how is it different from others.
- tried to find some heart shapes at home (or the ones looked close to heart shape).
- let the child photograph his creations
- counted the hearts and talked about who would she want to give them to and why.
- we remembered our Kindness Activity and came with more ideas how can we show that we love someone.
So let's build some love with a 3D building Valentine activity.