January 18, 2018

Valentine's Day Heart Tree {Preschool Craft}

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A few days ago, I shared some festive crafts and homemade decorations that my son and I have been putting together for the upcoming Valentine's Day holiday. The fun hasn't stopped there! As promised, I wanted to share one of our favorite art projects that we put together using foam hearts out the Valentine Hearts Galore pack from Oriental Trading. Just in case you've missed it, I highlighted these in my Crafty Fun for Valentine's Day post, earlier this week.








We recently put together a Valentine's Day craft project that I personally named the Loving Hands and Hearts Tree. Instead of leaves coming out of the tree, this tree grows hearts! This was so much fun to create and super easy for young children to do, with the help of adult supervision, of course.

 




WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

  • Foam Craft Hearts (we used the Valentine Hearts Galore pack which is great, because it comes in three different colors and various sizes ranging from a half inch to two inches)
  • Colored Construction Paper (You can use any color you'd like, but we went with brown for the tree trunk and red and white for the background.)
  • Glue Dots (These are optional, but are fantastic for sticking on the hearts, otherwise you could use regular school glue). 
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


OPTIONAL:
We went ahead and added an encouraging sentiment on the one we put together. This is completely optional, but if you want to also add something like this, you could either handwrite it or do what we did and print it on a separate piece of paper with fun typeface, and then glue it on at the end.
 
 




The first step we did was use a pencil to trace my son's hand and forearm onto the brown construction paper. If your child is really young, feel free to help them do this. We then cut that piece out and set it aside.
  


Secondly, we took the white piece of construction paper and trimmed it down. I was looking to make the red piece more of a frame for the rest of the project, so the white paper had to be smaller, plus we added in a quote, so we also needed to make extra room for that.

We then took the hand cutout and glued it to the bottom of the white piece of construction paper using a glue stick. Even young kids can do this part. My son always enjoys taking the lead in the gluing tasks. Once we had the hand "AKA tree trunk" glued onto the paper, my son was ready to decorate it with hearts. This is where the optional glue dots will come in handy. Sure you could use regular school glue, but the dots are wonderful, because they're just the right size and there's no drying time involved. I loaded each heart with a glue dot and my son got to placing them all around the page.

 








 

We then glued the tree picture onto our red piece of construction paper using a glue stick (this step could've actually be done in the beginning before putting the hearts on the tree. We were just so excited to get decorating that we jumped the gun). Last, but not least we glued the quote that we made on the top portion of the page. 


 "My Love For You Just Keeps Growing"




Once your child's masterpiece is complete, you can hang it on the fridge or put it in a frame. You could also use a hand punch and run some ribbon or string through to hang it up on the wall, which is actually what we decided to do. One of my favorite things about this project is the hand traced tree trunk, which makes this an extra special keepsake for our memory book.





Super fun and SUPER SIMPLE! My preschooler and I had a lot of fun putting this one together! Do you have any Valentine's Day projects that you've been working on with your children? I'd love to hear about them in the comments section, below! Also, if you enjoyed this craft, please feel free to share it with others on social media.



Be sure to also visit my last post where I shared some of the other fun and easy projects that we've been putting together for Valentine's Day:


Crafty Valentine's Day Fun for the Whole Family










A Round Up of Valentines Day Resources {Homeschool Link UP}

14 comments:

Kristen H said...

This is really cute. I like the pre-cut foam hearts. (I just cut a bunch of hearts from some leftover wrapping paper for our Valentine's Day Project. Not so much fun for this mom)

Lisa McKinney said...

This is really sweet! :)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thanks, Lisa! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Haha, I know...the things we do for our children! :-D I actually like your idea of cutting up leftover holiday wrapping paper for crafts. I will definitely have to keep that in mind for future projects. Thanks for sharing!

Mother of 3 said...

Those are so cute!

Brenda Loves Sharing said...

Wow, I can't believe how many things you found! We like Peanuts in our house too. I didn't know they had them at the Oriental Trading Company. That's neat they even have some faith ones. I used to buy prizes from there for my Sunday School class. The kids loved the prizes! They're all for a great price too!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you! :-)

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Isn't that neat?! I know, I got excited when I saw both the Peanuts and faith based projects. They have so many things to choose from, too!

Kym Thorpe said...

Very cute!!

Jeniffer Do Nascimento said...

Super cute! We just might have to try these! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thanks, Jennifer! This is a fun kid's project that's really easy to do.

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

Thank you!

Linda S said...

This will be perfect to send to my grandchildren - thank you for the inspiration!

Kelly (Our Everyday Harvest) said...

You're very welcome, Linda! Enjoy! :-)

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