Valentine's Day is a fun holiday for kids. They love to make arts and crafts projects, and there are all sorts of great crafts to choose from. In this activity, you will learn how to make a heart shaped mouse out of paper.
What you needGrey, black, white, and pink construction paper
Scissors Elmer's glue*
Small pink pom pom
* Note: You can also use a glue stick for this project, although you might need Elmer's glue to get the pom pom to stick.
This valentine mouse project is for preschoolers or young elementary aged children. It is a great opportunity for them to practice their shapes and using scissors.
For the mouse’s face, you need to draw one large heart for the head, and two small hearts for the ears. Trace them onto the grey construction paper and let your child cut them out.
Draw two circles on white construction paper for the eyes, and two slightly smaller circles for the centers of the eyes. Have your child cut out the circles and glue the eye pieces together (see picture).
Draw and cut out two small pink hearts for the insides of the ears. Have your child glue the pink hearts in the middle of the grey hearts you made for the ears.
Next glue the finished ear pieces and eye pieces to the head (see picture). Glue the pink pom pom at the bottom of the face for the nose.
Cut out six thin strips of black construction paper for the whiskers and have your child glue three whiskers on each side of the mouse’s face.
That’s it! An adorable Valentine Mouse. There are several books you can read to your child to go along with this Valentine craft.
One is “Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, and another is is “Valentine Mice!” by Bethany Roberts and Doug Cushman
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What’s for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For more recipes, organizing tips, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.