Paper Heart Mosaic


Age Frame of Lesson:4 to 8, 9 to 12
Time Frame of Lesson:1 hour
Overview of Lesson:
Nurture children’s creative sparks of curiosity, creativity, and intelligence. It can also improve their recognition of different colors. Parents can enjoy making this craft with their kids and encourage them to express their creativity by making something on their own. You can also make different shapes!
Materials Needed:
  • poster board
  • construction paper
  • old magazines or catalogs
  • scissors
  • glue stick
To make the card, we started with a light blue poster board (or any other color board) and cut it to the size 8 inches x 12 inches. Draw a heart near the center of your poster board.
To get a perfect heart, fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise, then cut out half of a heart Unfold and you have a complete heart shape, trim if needed. Trace around your pattern with pencil onto the poster board.
Step 2- Prep
Cut different colors of construction paper into thin strips. Then stack them into stacks of 4 or 5.  Cut (or tear) strips into squares. Remember to keep the differnt colors of paper separated!!
Step 3- Gluing
Using the glue stick, apply squares next to one another in one of the two hearts. Be careful not to get glue on the spots you see pencil lines!!
You can mix different colors! Here we use purple, hot pink and light pink to complete one heart and orange, yellow and beige for another. Remember to erase all pencil lines when you finish gluing.
Step 4- Framing
To make the frame, cut four 1"-wide strips of construction paper in your choice of colors, or you can just tear paper into narrow strips. Remember, the beauty of this project is that it doesn’t need to be perfect! Glue in place and over lap at each corner as shown in the photo.




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