With two kids in school / preschool, we have been busy preparing for Valentine’s Day celebrations. We don’t normally do any too fancy for school parties — I have mostly done the standard drugstore version of superhero / Star Wars valentines for the past few years.
But I saw these origami hearts on Pinterest recently, and thought they might be a wonderful choice for H to give to his kindergarten classmates. The hearts are so cute, and function perfectly as bookmarks (perfect for those books we’re reading at bedtime these days but don’t get through in a single night). And I was happy to find something that might not get thrown into the trashcan the next day!
This is a project that a 5- or 6-year-old can certainly partake in. H and I folded together, each of us doing our own heart – so he could watch me as we went along. He was so excited to see, at the end, when he turned his over to see the perfect heart that he had created.
We used scrapbooking paper that I picked up at Michael’s. I first tried using cardstock weight, but it was too heavy; you’ll definitely want to just use regular printer-type weight paper. And I did end up using a glue dot on the back (you can see in the last picture below) to keep the back together (you could certainly use tape or a gluestick instead.) And if you’re gifting them to friends, you could write or print a short message on an address label and place it on the back.