|An easy arts and crafts activity for four year olds. The child will create a wooden bead and pipe cleaner shape to hang for Valentine’s Day.|
|This activity reinforces fine motor strengthening, patterning, insertion skills, and holiday traditions.|
|Before You   Start  |
|Fill small containers with red wooden beads and smaller beads of other colors, like gold or green.
Have a pipe cleaner for each child plus enough beads to string the length of the pipe cleaner (15 - 20 depending on the size of the beads).
With a little help from a teacher, the ends of the pipe cleaner are twisted together and the craft is shaped into a heart shape.
Add an ornament hanger and the craft is ready to be hung or given as a Valentine’s Day gift at home or school.
|1. After a class discussion on Valentine’s Day, family and the love we share on this day and every day, place this activity at the art center.
2. Bend the pipe cleaner into a "V." The child adds the wooden beads to both ends, patterning red bead, gold bead, until both sides of the pipe cleaner are full.
|This craft can easily be made into other shapes like candy canes, bells and snowmen.|