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When it comes to making crafts with the kids, one of things I love to do is try to find ways that we can incorporate other learning opportunities into them. Whether it’s numbers, letters, shapes, fine motor skills practice, whatever, finding ways to make our fun crafting time a little more educational is always a lot of fun!
After making our Valentine’s Day bumblebee and butterfly, I wanted to try and find a way to incorporate some of that extra learning into a fun bug themed Valentine craft since Nicholas seems to be loving them so much.
Since we’ve recently been working on learning the letters in his name, it just seemed perfect to put the two together and make our own little love bug name craft!
Making this adorable little guy is a piece of cake and allows your child to practice quite a few skills while they’re making it including scissor skills, handwriting, and the alphabet!
To make one for yourselves, you’ll need:
- Red, pink, and black construction paper
- Pipe Cleaners
- Marker and crayons
- Googly eyes
To get started, figure out how many hearts you’re going to need. You’ll want one for each letter of your child’s name and one extra for your love bug’s head.
We decided to make our love bug in a pattern of red and pink hearts so we split up how many hearts we needed between the two construction paper colors.
Fold you construction paper in half and use your marker to draw an outline of half a heart. If your child is old enough, go ahead and let them cut the hearts out themselves. They probably won’t be perfect, but that just makes them even more adorable :)
Now, if your child already knows the letters of their name and how to write them, have them add one letter to each of their hearts. If not, use either a white crayon or a highlighter to write the letters on for them and then have them trace over those with a crayon or marker.
Once you’ve gotten the body of your love bug complete, not it’s time to give him a face :)
We cut out a few smaller hearts and used those and the pipe cleaners to give him some antennas, added some googly eyes, and drew on a smile but you could change him up however you’d like! Go crazy with pipe cleaners and give him some hair or add a pom pom for the nose. Whatever comes out of your child’s imagination!
Finally, string all of your letters together, stick them with a little bit of glue and use your black construction paper to give him some feet and you’re all set!
This super cute little love bug is the perfect easy craft for children of all ages this Valentine’s Day!