This valentine craft for kids was inspired by our candy cane names, as well as the preschoolers’ love for beads! The kiddos’ beaded name hearts integrated literacy, math, and fine motor skills. Check ’em out . . .
beaded name heart valentine craft
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Pipe cleaners in various colors
Alphabet beads – we used circular beads, as well as cube-like beads
Pony beads – we chose white, purple, blue, pink, and red
How the kids created
The kiddos were very interested once the beads and pipe cleaners were laid out on one of our center tables! There is just something cathartic and fun about stringing beads onto pipe cleaners. Plus, the children love wearing their creations and decorating with them.
I encouraged the kiddos to find the letters in their names and make patterns on their beaded hearts. Some did just that, carefully patterning and adding letter beads to create their names. Others used the beads to make their names on one side of the heart, while colorful beads went on the other side.
Not all of the students were interested in making name beads, and that’s ok! We were still able to talk about letters, colors, and patterns – all while having some fine motor fun.
Once the children added their chosen beads to a pipe cleaner, I formed a ‘v’ with it. Then I curved in either side of the pipe cleaner and twisted the ends together. If needed, I evened it out to make the heart shape.
Here are some of the early learning concepts we touched on with this easy-peasy valentine craft:
- Letter identification
- Spelling names
- Fine motor practice
Do you have a favorite valentine craft you enjoy making with the kiddos? Are yours as into beading as my preschoolers are?
Heart Lesson Plans
Be sure to check out our heart-themed lesson plans for the preschool classroom or the homeschool preschool family. They include weekly plans, explanations of all of the activities, and 9 extra printables to supplement the hands-on learning lessons.
Pop on over to my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board for more ideas!