This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald.
“Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” -Allison
Learning letters is an exciting time for all kids, and my toddler is very excited to claim all the letter Ms she sees (” That’s MY letter!”) It was this possessive love that sparked the idea for this deceptively simple Valentine’s Day craft. These clay hearts can be used as gift tags, ornaments, paper weights ( just don’t make a hole) or – my favorite – a weight for balloons! They are simple enough for the youngest artist but still appealing to older kids, too.
Start by pressing your clay into a flat circle and cutting out your heart with the cookie cutter.
Stamp the middle of the heart with your initial. Older children can even spell a word! When you are sifting through the letter stamps for “their letter” make sure you label some of the others too. No need to turn this into a letter drill but don’t miss the natural learning that can happen.
Let dry. This can take up to 3 days but ours dried in about 36 hours in a warm spot. You can have your kids try to find the warmest spot in your house to leave them to dry. Also, the thicker you make the hearts the longer it takes them to dry.
Now, it’s time to paint! We stuck with plain old red – but green, pink, or orange and blue polka dots works great too!
Next add the glitter glue to the initial for extra pizazz ! Thread a ribbon through and let dry.
Allison McDonald is founder and editor of No Time For Flash Cards. She has been teaching children in various capacities since 1993, so she has done her share of crafts, songs and circle times! Her son’s birth brought her home, and her love of teaching and helping other parents sparked the idea for No Time for Flash Cards. Early-childhood education is her passion . . . her heart belongs to the little guys! Get to know Allie and see her creative kids’ crafts and educational activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.