Valentine's Day Flower Heart Activity for Kids

Kids can create a flowered heart collage using simple art materials. This holiday themed project can be displayed in the family home or given as a very special Valentines Day greeting card.Valentines Day FlowersGiving flowers as a symbol of love or friendship is a Valentines Day custom that dates back many centuries. Roses (among other types of flowers) are a traditional holiday favorite. This art activity encourages children to craft hand made tissue paper flowers that can then be collaged onto a heart shaped symbol.Materials Needed to Create Valentines Day Heart CraftParents can help children to gather these simple art materials. Choose holiday colors such as red, pink, purple, or white or try a rainbow of vibrant hues. Materials needed include:Construction paperTissue paperClear drying non-toxic glueChildrens scissorsMarker or pencilSteps to Create Valentines Holiday Flower ArtThis activity provides parents with an excellent opportunity to teach children about concepts such as the Valentines Day holiday, shapes, colors, and textures. Very young children may not know words such as texture mean. Make sure to explain any new vocabulary that is used.After all of the - - needed materials have been gathered (and a suitable, washable workspace has been prepared) begin the craft activity. Valentines Day is a time to express love and kindness. In the spirit of the holiday, make this project an activity to do together as a family.Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Red, pink, or purple colors will tie in nicely with the Valentines Day theme.Ask the child to draw half of a heart shape on the folded paper. The fold will become the middle of the heart. Younger children may need more adult assistance. Parents can draw the half heart with pencil, and then have the child trace over it with marker.Keeping the paper folded, the child can cut the heart out along the line.Open to reveal a whole heart.Cut small squares of tissue paper. These will be flowers. The larger the square is, the larger and puffier the flowers will be.Place glue (section by section) onto the cut out paper heart.Crumble the tissue paper squares one at a time and glue on. Repeat until the heart is covered.Set aside to dry.Using tissue paper and glue, kids can collage unique Valentines Day flowers onto a construction paper heart. This activity is filled with fun and holiday symbolism. Make sure that the family works together to create a project in honor of this love filled holiday!Source:The Flower Expert. Valentines Day Flowers (retrieved electronically January 12, 2010).