One of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day because friends and family can express how much they love another. I get excited to give my loved ones treats and cards and watch my kids create and pass out little love notes. I’d love to share a cute Valentine’s Day Shape Craft that you can use with your little ones below!
Work On Shape Recognition With This Valentine’s Day Craft
This time of year is the perfect time for students to work on shape recognition. Whether kids are getting ready for kindergarten, reviewing shapes in kindergarten or just completing a fun craft in later grades, this is a cute way to practice shapes. The Valentine’s craft includes all of the common 2D shapes kids learn!
I like to walk my kids through creating this craft step by step. I use dictated instructions to help them figure out where to put each shape. We work through one shape at a time so no one falls behind and loses a shape. While we put the pieces together, we discuss attributes of the shape. We tell each other how many sides and vertices each shape has!
Use the Valentine’s Day Craft to Practice Counting Shapes
Each heart craft comes with two ovals, two squares, two circles, four rectangles, two triangles, two hearts and one circle. I remind students to count their shapes to make sure they have the correct number of items before beginning, especially if they cut the pieces out themselves.
Once they put the craft together, the middle layer provides spaces for the kids to record the number of shapes they used. They have to recount each shape and then practice writing the numbers on the line. I even like to let them compare which shapes they have the most and least of. This is a great kindergarten activity to practice math comparison standards.
Easy to Use Materials Included in This Craft
I find that creating a craft without an image can be difficult, so I have provided you with a picture of how the completed craft should look. There are also step by step directions for you to use as the adult and to read off to the kids so they don’t miss a step. The templates are easy to use and can be printed on colored paper or cardstock. Then, students can cut out the shapes or you can give them a helping hand.
Use the recording sheet included to help students count and record how many shapes they used for the craft. Connect the large hearts together with a metal brad so the top layer can swing open to reveal the recording sheet. It’s a super fun, hidden aspect of the activity!
Using the Valentine’s Day Craft in the Classroom
I really enjoy working on crafts with students who can follow simple directions. This Valentine’s Day activity is perfect for whole group or small group settings. In a whole group setting, you can dictate what the students should do, step by step. You can do the same in small groups but you have more flexibility to help students that might need more assistance with fine motor skills.
Teachers love using crafts like this to practice letters of the alphabet. This craft is great for practicing the letter v. Use the cute heart as an adorable February hallway display once it’s complete. Pair it with your favorite Valentine’s Day story or read aloud and it makes for a fun classroom reward midway through the month.
I can’t wait for you to try this craft in your classroom or with your little ones! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
You can see this craft in action in this quick video!
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