Today we made two different heart animal crafts in the preschool class at co-op. I will be sharing one today, and one tomorrow. This first craft goes with the book, Mouse's First Valentine by Lauren Thompson. This is one of the books that I featured in my Valentine's Day Literature and Craft Round Up the other day.
I love doing shape crafts with the children, so when I woke up this morning, I decided it would be fun to do some heart animals with them. There are tons of versions of Heart Mice on the internet, so I don't know where this idea originated from. As usual, I looked at the different ideas, and came up with one that would work for us with the available supplies.
The mouse's body is just a heart folded in half, then we added some heart ears, circle eyes, whiskers and a tail.
Here are the supplies you will need:
Red construction paper
Pink construction paper
White construction paper
Black crayon or marker
I cut the heart bodies our of red paper and folded them in half. Then I cut little hearts out of pink paper, and smaller hearts out of red paper. I cut little white circles for eyes. I cut out little pink triangles and snipped narrow strips out of it to make the whiskers. And a thin, narrowing piece for a tail.
Because the book is about a valentine that the one mouse makes for her little brother, I decided the mouse would also be a Valentine's Day card. So, our first step was tracing the child's hand inside the card. The other teacher and I wrote "I Love You" on the card and those children who could write their names wrote them. We wrote the names on the cards of the children who cannot yet write.
Then they glued the smallest heart onto the medium sized heart. This was then glued close to the point.
Then they colored a black circle onto the white eye.
The whiskers were attached close to the black nose we colored in, and the eye was glued on between the whiskers and the ear. Then the tail was attached on the inside of the card.
Valentine's Day Mice Cards