Often I get so wrapped up in the curriculum, I don’t take time to do “extra” projects which are just for fun for holidays. Kids love celebrating holidays and often ask to do themed projects. I am fine with that.. art should be fun! I do like to incorporate skills and art techniques into each project we do. For these yarn-wrapped hearts, I cut cardboard circles into heart shapes. Since they had to be cut with a utility knife, I did this step myself. During the first class period, students used Do a Dot Paint Dabbers to paint the hearts however they wanted.
During the second class period, students cut notches all the way around their heart with regular scissors. They wrapped a variety of textured and colored yarn around the hearts, going from notch to notch.
It was a simple yet striking project. Wrapping and tying yarn is excellent for fine motor skills.