How to Make a Cute Pre-School Valentine’s Day Craft, Accordion Heart Craft

This accordion heart project is great for a day care, pre-school or elementary school kids. For the younger kids you can pre-cut all the shapes and have the older children cut them out themselves. You can even use this craft to have a most creative face contest. See what kind of heart faces the children come up with. Children always enjoy contests. Follow the step-by –step directions below to make your very own accordion heart craft.

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Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue, items to decorate such as googly eyes, markers, crayons, glitter, stickers
Step 1: Cut a large heart, two small hearts, 2 rectangles and four long strips out of construction paper. The paper can be all the same color or different colors.
Step 2: Have the children fold the four long strips like a fan. Ex: fold down, flip over, fold down flip over and repeat this until the entire strip is folded. When you unfold the paper it will look like an accordion.
Step 3: Have the children glue the accordion shapes to the large heart. These will be the arms and legs.
Step 4: Have the children glue the smaller hearts to the ends of the arm strips. These will be the hands.
Step 5: Have the children glue the rectangles to the bottom accordion strips. These will be the feet.
Step 6: Use markers, crayons, glitter etc.. to decorate your accordion heart man/woman.

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