Red and Pink Construction Paper (and any other colors you would
like to use) - Scissors - Glue or Tape - Crayons (Optional)
Day is a great way to introduce card giving to your toddler,
have them make a Pop Up Valentine Heart for all of their friends
1: Fold two pieces of construction paper in half,
to form the outside sheet of the card and the inside sheet
of the card. Holding the two pieces together cut a heart shape
to create a card that opens at the top of the top of the heart.
The construction paper pieces can be the same color or different,
use the color of paper of your choice. Then cut out out other
hearts that are smaller, these hearts will be used for decorating
the card and so they should be much smaller and different
colors from the two large hearts.
2: Take the inside of the card heart and cut two slits
in the center of each of the hearts arches, have each about
an inch wide and two inches long. This will create the pop up
strips for your card, ideally you want the strips that you cut
to be in the center of the arches of the heart and not to close
to the edge. You can also just have a wider pop up strip that
you cut in the center of the heart.
3: Open the card and bend the pop up strips so they
will sit up freely when the card is open and so they will
lay flat when the card is closed. It helps to open the card
and slightly pull on the strip (or to push it through the
back when you have the card sitting open) and then pinch it
in the center and at the bottom and top of it. If you have
any doubts about this step, it is a good idea to test it on
a scrap piece of paper.
4: Help your toddler paste or tape the smaller hearts
that you cut out on the cover of the card and the inside of
it. Glue or tape a heart on each of the pop up strips. Write
any message that you want to have in the inside of the card
and on the outside piece. Lastly glue the cover onto the card
and your done. You can write the message that you want the card
to say and then have your toddler "sign" it in their
own unique way.
pop up card is a popular craft choice for children of any age.
Kids often like the small of amount of effort that goes into
such a fun pay off. When making other cards you can use the
same design for just about anything.
A fun craft
activity that your toddler can make for a decoration to have or
to give is a Piece Together Cupid. You can use construction paper
to cut out the different shapes to make a cupid or print out one
of our FREE Piece Together Cupid Print Out Sheets.