It’s almost Valentine’s Day, can you believe it? So in the spirit of the holiday, we will regularly feature new valentine’s crafts until the big day arrives! Some will be oldies but goodies and some will be brand new. Be sure to check back often for more ideas on how to build great developmental skills and make great valentine’s gifts in the process!
First up, tissue paper hearts:
Tissue paper hearts are a great fine motor activity.
What You Need:
- Tissue paper, including red and pink
- Construction Paper or Card Stock
What You Do:
- Draw a medium to large heart on your construction paper or card stock and cut it out
- Tear the tissue paper into small pieces
- Apply glue to your heart
- Glue the tissue paper pieces onto your heart using one of these methods: Use your fingertips to roll the tissue paper into small balls. You can also challenge your child to roll the paper with one hand only to build those in-hand manipulation skills. OR For older children, have them place a piece of tissue paper on the eraser end of a pencil and gently twist it on. Then use the pencil to place the tissue paper on the heart, making more of a ruffled texture, as in the picture above.
Tearing and rolling tissue paper is great for developing the small muscles in the hand. It also promotes bilateral coordination and separation of the two sides of the hand. Be sure to encourage your child to concentrate on using their thumb, index, and middle finger to manipulate the tissue paper in order to work towards development of a good pencil grasp and refined fine motor manipulation skills!