Poke and thread curly ribbon into a Valentine's Day heart for a cute fine motor craft for kids from Alisha!
We love decorating for Valentine’s Day! And this super simple fine motor craft is both easy and adorable.
Plus, you’ve probably already got all the materials you need right at home – totally cutting down prep time to under 5 minutes!
Cute Heart-Themed Fine Motor Craft for Kids
To make your own cute heart fine motor craft for kids, you’ll need:
- Thick paper plate or card stock
- Red and black markers
- Ribbon cut into strips
- Sharp pencil
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DIY Your No-Prep Valentine’s Day Heart Craft
There are only four steps to preparing the craft. I got goosebumps writing that: just four steps.
Flip your paper plate so that it is bottom up. Grab your red or pink marker and cover the plate with color.
Once colored, take the black marker and draw a large heart on top of the colored plate. Draw a nice big heart, covering most of the plate if possible.
Cut out the heart from the plate. If your child is using scissors, this would be a great opportunity to strengthen those skills.
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Once the heart is cut out, it’s time for you (the adult) to step in.
Use your very sharp pencil to poke holes all around the heart. Press the pencil firmly through the plate.
Make as many holes as you have pieces of ribbon. I made 12 holes total.
Space the holes out around the heart. Too many holes, too close together could cause it to weaken and rip.
Start with small holes, but you can slide the pencil through each hole and twist to make them bigger if needed. My five-year-old needed the holes to be a little bigger.
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Cut your ribbon, curling or gift-wrap ribbon works best, into as many strips as you have holes in the heart.
I chose to use already curled ribbon from an old gift bag, but it doesn’t need to be curled. If you want to curl the ribbon you have, carefully slide it over the sharp edge of your scissors.
Tie a double knot about an inch from the top of each piece of ribbon. If your child can tie knots or would like to try, this would be great practice.
Challenge your child to thread the ribbon through each of the holes in the plate. The knot will catch and stop the ribbon from slipping all the way through.
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The ribbon will dangle out of the bottom of the heart to make a fun and funky looking Valentine’s Day decoration.
More Ways to Craft that Build Motor Skills
We love our fine motor craft for kids just as it is, but you could totally add extra pizzazz to your Valentine’s Day ribbon heart. Try these simple extras that double the fine motor skills practice:
- Peel and stick: add stickers and bows for pincher grip practice
- Gripping: write or doodle with crayons or markers to work on pre-writing skills
- Tracing: challenge your child to play dot-to-dot between the holes
- Squeeze: whip up a batch of our kid-tested puffy paint and add swirls on top
However you choose to decorate this incredibly easy Valentine’s Day fine motor craft for kids, we know it’s going to be a great addition to your home!