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Origami Valentine Craft for Kids

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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.

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.

1. Supplies Needed

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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.

 

2. Fold the Paper in Half

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Fold your paper in half horizontally. Crease well.

3. Fold in Half Once More

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Fold the paper in half once more. Unfold.

4. Fold into Fourths

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Fold the paper into fourths by folding each side in to meet the center crease. Unfold.

5. Fold the Right Corner

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Fold the right corner up as shown. The bottom should be where the half fold mark is from Step 3. The top corner should be touching the first fourth fold mark from Step 4.

6. Fold the Right Corner

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Fold the right corner over as shown. The right edge of the paper should now line with the left edge from the fold in the previous step.

7. Fold the Points

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Flip the model over. Fold down the two points as shown. This creates the distinctive heart shape of the finished card.

8. Decorate

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Step 8A: 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 8B: 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 8C: Decorate the middle portion of the card. This would be a good place for your child to write his or her name.

Step 8D: If desired, tuck a small treat into the pocket at the back of the heart created by the folds from Step 3. A large sticker or a flat candy like Airheads taffy would be ideal.

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