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Your kids will love helping you make this Love Bug Valentines Day countdown chain! What a cute decoration that provides a little counting practice, too.
Are your kids beginning to get excited about Valentine’s Day? I’m sure they’ve seen all the holiday decor in the grocery store. Help them countdown to the big day with this fun Valentine’s Day countdown paper chain!
This preschool craft is easily adaptable for different ability levels. If your kids are too young to draw the heart shapes, let them use stickers.
Or, you can draw them and they can color them in or decorate them. Either way, they’re going to have so much fun as they countdown to Valentine’s Day with this fun paper chain.
Kids can use their favorite colors to make these Love Bugs. Or they can use traditional Valentine’s Day colors. They’ll love decorating the bugs with heart stickers and google eyes.
What You’ll Need
• Glue stick
What You’ll Do
Turn your construction paper horizontally, and cut a 2″ strip down the length of the paper. You can stack the papers so you’re cutting through more than one sheet at a time.
Cut as many strips as you need to complete the countdown chain.
Add google eyes, eyelashes, and a smile to the middle of all of the strips you just cut out.
To Make the Butterfly
Cut two hearts out of pink construction paper (or color of your choice). Use a black marker or stickers to decorate the hearts and the body of the butterfly as desired.
Glue or tape the hearts to each side of the strip to create the butterfly’s wings.
Punch two holes above the eyes. Feed a short piece of pipe cleaner through the holes curling each end. This is the butterfly’s antenna. Secure this at the back of the strip with tape.
Create a loop with the strip securing the back with a piece of tape or a small dab of glue.
To Make the Bumblebee
Use a black sharpie to create stripes on the bee’s body.
Cut two small pink hearts. Again, decorate them with marker or stickers. Attach the hearts to the back to form wings.
Create the antenna the same way you did for the butterfly above.
Curl the whole thing around into a look, and secure with tape or glue.
To Make the Ladybug
Cut out six tiny hearts or use heart-shaped stickers. Affix these to the body of the ladybug to create spots.
Again, hole punch the top and add the pipe cleaner to make an antenna.
Finally, secure the whole loop with glue or tap.
To connect your love bugs, cut 2×2″ strips of white paper. Feed these strips through two bugs and secure loop with tape.
Repeat with the rest of your love bugs.
BOOKS ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool Valentine’s Day books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! – Budding artists and crafters will love this book, perfect for pairing with Valentine’s Day activities. A surprise at the end adds to the read-aloud fun!
LOVE from the Very Hungry Caterpillar – Using a range of images from the World of Eric Carle, and featuring the Very Hungry Caterpillar, this special gift book gives all the reasons why someone special makes the world a better and brighter place. Perfect for that someone special any day of the year!
Llama Llama I Love You – In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day coloring cards are perfect for class parties and playdates! It’s like a gift and an activity all in one.
What kid doesn’t love Bingo? This adorable Valentine’s Day bingo set is perfect for the school classroom or a large family gathering or party — with 30 unique game boards.
This February, stock your bookshelves with one or more of these festive Valentine books for kindergarten. Engage your young readers this holiday season.
There are no mushy-gushy books on this list. Your guys will love these Valentines Day books for boys. Monsters, zombies, and stinky feet are featured in this list!