Kids get a sensory experience while creating cute hearts to use for decoration or Mother’s Day cards.
This is what you’ll need:
- Yarn scraps
- Heart-shaped plastic stencils or cookie cutters (in a pinch, cut out shapes from plastic food containers or lids)
- Squeeze bottles (optional)
- Cookie sheet
- Plastic wrap
Step 1 – Make the “glue”
Mix ½ cup of flour with 2 cups of cold water in a bowl. Boil an additional 2 cups of water in a sauce pan. Add the flour/water mixture and bring to a boil, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat and add 3 TBSP sugar. Let the mixture cool.
Connect: Have your child help measure and mix the ingredients.
Step 2 – Cut the yarn
Help your child cut the yarn into short lengths (between 2” and 6”). It helps if you hold the yarn tight while your child cuts it with the scissors.
Connect: Kids will appreciate your help during this stage. You can use this time to help them practice scissor skills or talk about yarn colors. Further connect by sorting the colors after cutting.
Step 3 – Make the hearts
Cover a cookie sheet with plastic wrap and place a heart-shaped stencil or cookie cutter on the sheet. Begin to soak some of the yarn pieces in the glue. Have your child pull out one scrap at a time and squeeze out the excess glue between your fingers. The yarn can be pushed into the heart shaped opening. (We filled a squeeze bottle with glue to add extra glue to the yarn).
Connect: Describe the feeling of the glue and yarn between your child’s fingers. Is it cold? Wet? Gooey? Your child may try to put all the yarn into the glue at once and clump it into the heart shape. That’s fine. Help squeeze all the glue out as the yarn is shaped into a heart.
Step 4 – Dry the hearts
Put the hearts in the sun to dry. Once completely dry, they can be peeled off of the plastic. Glue them to cardstock or string them together to create a heart garland in preparation for Mother’s Day.