6 easy activities with Valentine’s Origami hearts for preschoolers

Reposting from last year as it has proved very popular both with my own kids and as a blog post. πŸ™‚

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These simple origami hearts, suited to young children and Origami beginners, were a big hit with my toddler and preschooler today. You can find the instructions and a printable version on Origami Club here, a photo of the instructions is also pictured below. The instructions are in Japanese, but each step comes with a visual that is easy to follow. Four year old was able to complete this from the visual instructions with no assistance, three year old needed some help. All you need is Origami paper or symmetrical paper that holds a crease.

Instructions for Origami hearts were taken from http://www.origami-club.com/valentine/easyheart/easyheart/index.html

Instructions for Origami hearts were taken from http://www.origami-club.com/valentine/easyheart/easyheart/index.html

After making some hearts, I came up with a few games using the hearts, that incorporated numbers, letters, reading and writing practice. We used recycled origami paper from other crafts to make 30 hearts.

1. ABC Origami hearts

When you finish folding the heart the front parts open up so you can write on the inside of the heart. We wrote a letter of the alphabet on the left hand side of the inside of 26 hearts.

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2. ABC match

Next, using our large ABC foam mat, we did a physical activity with the hearts. The kids got a heart each, opened it to see what letter they had, then matched it to the letter on the ABC foam mat. Once they correctly placed a letter they took another and raced to place it. They really enjoyed this activity.

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3. Word heart match

On the right hand side of the inside of the hearts I wrote various 3 and 4 letter words. I then put out a picture card with 3 worded hearts, one of which matched the picture. The kids had to match the correct word to the picture.

4. Claiming hidden hearts

Kids love to find hidden things, right? Hide the hearts (with words if you’ve done activity 3 above) around a room and have the kids find them. For older children, have them read the words inside the heart to claim that heart.

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5. Counting hearts on hearts

This one is based on a very easy activity on toddlerapproved.com I (heart) counting with numbers one to ten. For our version I drew 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 hearts onto 6 origami hearts. Get the kids to count out the hearts and then place the right heart on the right number.

6. Heart Cards

Finally, we turned the hearts that didn’t have too much writing on them into Valentine’s cards, by writing a message on the inside.

This filled up a whole afternoon with fun and number, letter, reading and writing practice to boot! And thanks to these activities I got my first ever Valentine’s card from my four yearΒ old, written by himself, unaided and unbeknownst to me IN ENGLISH* “I love you Mammy”. (*English is his 2nd language so usually cards are in Japanese… or squiggles!)

26 comments on “6 easy activities with Valentine’s Origami hearts for preschoolers

    1. Elle Post author

      The Daiso 100 yen shops sell great little bilingual (Japanese/English) origami books. They have beginner, intermediate and advanced. They also have a good selection of origami paper. Are there any Daiso’s in Okinawa?

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    1. Elle Post author

      πŸ™‚ Once upon a time, I think I was. Trying to find my inner child and crafting mojo again. Plenty of practice is helping πŸ™‚

      Thank you for commenting πŸ™‚

      Reply
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  7. Cassandra

    Impressed with the quality of your photos, Elle. How do you do it? Mine look fine on my computer but when I upload them they look blurred every time.

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    1. Elle Post author

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. I have been “off” on summer holidays, so this was a very
      welcome “back to reality” message. πŸ™‚

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  8. Nata

    Thanks for these great ideas! I’m always looking for activities to keep my kids occupied. The Valentine theme would be cute to do this week!

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  9. Kendra Plant

    So sweet! I love the simple instructions and the colorful results. I babysit frequently and haven’t thought of oragami for an activity for younger kids. Good idea.

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    1. Elle

      Thanks Kendra.???? I love origami as there is no prep needed – I have a book, so I just whip it out and myself and the older kids work on something. I enjoy it too ☺

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  10. Andrea Hetesi

    Hi Lynda! I love this origami hearts. And looks easy to make them. Tomorrow I will rush to the shop to by red papers and I will make this hearts and giving to random people on the street on Valentines day πŸ™‚ Yuhey :)))

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    1. Elle

      Thank you for your kind comments… I love the vision of you handing out origami hearts. <3 Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all get a heart for Valentines. πŸ™‚

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