If you're looking for an easy Valentine craft for kids, this origami heart certainly fits the bill. With just a few simple folds, your child can transform a square of origami paper into a clever heart shaped Valentine's Day card.
This project would be an excellent alternative to passing out purchased Valentine's Day cards to classmates. If desired, stickers or small candies can be placed into the pocket created by the folds at the back of the heart.
It does not matter what size of paper you use for this project, as long as it's a square. You can use traditional origami paper or cut squares from construction paper. Larger 12 x 12 scrapbook paper could be used as well.
In a classroom setting, this would be a good project for teaching young children about fractions. The paper needs to be folded in half and then folded into fourths in order to make the distinctive heart shape of the finished Valentine's Day card.
3. Fold into Fourths
4. Fold the Right Corner
5. Fold the Right Corner
6. Fold the Points
Step 7A: Flip the model back over and decorate the front as desired. If you're making Valentine's Day cards for the entire class, stickers or rubber stamps would be preferable to having your child draw multiple pictures on the cards.
Step 7B: Decorate the second inner flap. This is a good spot for a saying that relates to the design on the front of the card. For example, this card with a dinosaur sticker on the front says "Valentine...You're DINO-mite!" on the inside flap. If you had your child put on owl sticker on the front, you could write "Owl Be Your Friend Forever!" or "You're a Hoot!" on the inside of the card. Basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, other similar sports themed embellishments could be accompanied by the saying "Have a Ball This Valentine's Day!" If your child can't write very well, feel free to print out the saying on your computer and glue it onto the card.
Step 7C: Decorate the middle portion of the card. This would be a good place for your child to write his or her name.
Step 7D: If desired, tuck a small treat into the pocket at the back of the heart created by the folds from Step 1. A large sticker or a flat candy like Airheads taffy would be ideal.