Make this fun paper heart chain for Valentine’s Day. This easy craft is fun for elementary kids to do on a rainy day or just for fun. All you need is paper and a few basic office or craft supplies.
Making a paper heart chain
This is a fun challenge activity for kids on a rainy day. Let them decide their “goal” for the chain. Will it be a certain length? Have a certain number of hearts? You could even use colored paper to create a pattern.
My kids are 8 and 11, so their goal was to see how long they could make it. Ours ended up nearly ten feet long. I think they might have kept going if I had just given them more paper strips.
- Colorful paper – I used 5 scrapbook paper pages
- (optional) rotary cutter
I cut the scrapbook paper while the kids were at school. My “secret” for cutting a bunch of paper in just a few minutes is my rotary cutter. I originally bought it for sewing, but I use is almost exclusively for paper cutting.
I just put a piece of paper on a kitchen cutting board and line up my ruler. The rotary cutter follows the edge. No measuring or hand-cutting along lines forever. Of course, if your kids need to practice cutting, you could give them the task.
Making the hearts
Take two strips of paper and fold both in half without creasing. Staple the four ends together. Staple again about the middle.
Repeat until you have several hearts.
To connect them, cut a few of the paper strips in half. Use each one as a ring to connect two hearts. Tape the ring closed.
When your paper heart chain is long enough – or the kids decide they’re done – hang it up.
Simple fun. It’s usually the best kind, right? This activity is the perfect entertainment on a rainy day or as a homeschool activity and makes a festive decoration for Valentine’s Day.