Niki from Play & Learn Everyday has a sweet Valentine’s Day Craft that even the littlest can help with: a fabulous Contact Paper Placement. It is part of the 31 Days of Love series here on Red Ted Art that is soon coming to an end (boo hoo). Check out previous posts, such as Valentine’s Cards and Valentines Treats, as well as all the lovely Valentine’s Decorations shared!
I’m Niki and I write a blog called Play & Learn Everyday. I am Canadian, but have been living in the UK for nearly 10 years. I worked as a teacher until my little boy was born, and I’ve been a stay at home Mum ever since. Ethan is now 2 and I have another little one on the way (arriving any day now!) I am passionate about learning through play and try to find ways to teach Ethan through the different ways that we play everyday. I am honoured to be writing a post for Red Ted Art.
Valentine’s Heart Placemat
Today we have started to prepare for Valentine’s Day by making a heart placemat. It’s a very simple craft to make for children from a very young age, and allows for a lot of free expression as there really are no rules.
We started out with a large (A3) piece of red sugar paper. I folded it in half and cut out a heart shape (older children could do this step themselves). I put the heart shape aside (I’m sure that we can use it for something else) and then gave Ethan the cut out to decorate with markers.
I then used a heart shaped hole punch to make hearts in each corner (but this step isn’t necessary). Then I cut out 2 pieces of sticky back plastic that were bigger than the paper and stuck one to the back of the decorated cut out. Then I gave Ethan loads of heart confetti and small heart cut outs to stick all over the sticky plastic. He spent ages placing them all around to make it look just right. When he was finished I took the other piece of sticky plastic and stuck it on to seal in all of the pieces, trimmed the edges and voila, a perfectly unique Valentine’s Day placemat!
Here’s a few things that we did for Valentine’s Day last year: