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Alphabet > Letter H
H is for Heart

Crafts > Shapes > Easy Shapes Greeting Cards

Holidays and Events >
*Feb. 14th > Valentine's Day
*May > Mother's Day
*June > Father's Day
*Sept. > Grandparent's Day


Young children can enjoy and also practice some skills by making an easy greeting card that will but a smile on their parents and/or grandparents face, they can also make a few for other special friends and relatives. 

The cards are designed to be used for the holidays listed below.  

Let's read and share a little bit about the history and purpose of the holiday in the links provided. Adjust colors and related materials to reflect the holiday.

St. Valentine's Day
> Celebrated February 14th

Mother's Day >
Generally celebrated the second Sunday in May.

Father's Day >
Celebrated the third Sunday in June.

National Grandparents Day >
Celebrated in September, the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Activity #1:  History and Traditions of the Holiday
Ages 2 to 6:
1
.  Share some simple facts about the holiday celebrated using information from the links provided above.
2.  Parents:  Share and explain how your family celebrates the holiday and what traditions are observed.   Examples:  Special dinners,  family get-togethers, gift giving,  reading a book related to the holiday,  visiting Grandparents, what special foods are prepared on that day,  etc.
3.  Educators can share how the community in general celebrates the holiday.

Activity #2:  Easy Shapes Greeting Cards

18 months to 6 years old

Note
: The card templates in black & white were designed so that caregivers and  families together with the children can express in them their favorite colors, their traditions and heritage.

*  This craft activity will help children learn about colors, shapes, about the images in the card and about the holiday celebrated.

*The children will learn how fascinating it is to create a special gift using shapes.

*  Let's call this technique "layering,." Using different shapes and images you layer them to form another image or landscape.  Go to the links and print a template of your choice.  

Method #1:  
1.  Child can color and decorate the pieces directly on the template, later cut and layer/assemble.  Note:  Circles with face features have been provided in the template, but also blank circles have been provided so older children can make the face features.
2. Fold another piece of paper or construction paper in half and glue/layer pieces on the front.  

Method #2:
1.  Print the template of your choice and cut out the pieces.  Then use the templates to trace unto construction paper, colored paper, scraps of wrapping paper, or scraps of fabric.  Proceed with the same steps above.   Note: This method allows to make additional children to glue in front of the Mom or Dad large template.  Instead of folding the paper to form a card, make a small poster to accommodate the additional children templates, and glue onto another colored piece of paper to make a pretty frame. 

Read the suggestions below for different age groups:

Children 18 months to 3 years
The youngest child can participate in this greeting card creation.  Add a few drops or use glue stick to a folded piece of paper (or card stock) and child can place the pieces on the front of the card.  Make sure to mention the colors used, shape and identify an discuss the images of and other items in the card templates (if applicable).  

You can add a hand print cut-out or paint handprint to the inside of the card and write a message on top.

Children 3+ and older:
*  Older children can add and decorate the plain colored pieces first with glitter, paint: brush strokes, sponging, cotton ball dabbing, stampers, cut-up tissue paper, scraps of fabric to make collage or a patchwork effect, etc. , and then proceed cut out the pieces and  layer the pieces as suggested in the small image on the template.

* Create a 3-D Effect:
 Place little pieces of roll up tape instead of glue.  This raises the different layers just a bit, and gives a nice 3-D effect. 

*  Envelope:  Any standard large greeting card envelope can be used - those left over from the holidays.  Make your own envelopes by using a used one as a template.  Trace the envelope over wrapping paper - (usually the opposite side is white and the printed side can be the inside of the envelope). Cut and glue and you have a custom made envelope.

Easy Shapes Greeting Cards

Rectangular
Body


Suggestions
for


Suggestions
for masculine

Black & White
Card 1 Template
Rectangular Body


Card 2 Template
Oval Body


Letter H is Heart 
Printable Activities

* white paper or card stock, white or coordinating color
*  scissors
*  glue or glue stick

A variety of materials as described in the instructions.

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