Duration: 10-15 minutes
Lesson Objectives: Engage fine motor development through tracing, cutting and pasting. Coordinate various sheets of patterned or full color paper together. Practice handwriting a personal message into the card.
You will need:
• Tie template
• Collared shirt template
• Glue / tape
• Pencil crayon / crayons
This craft lesson is divided into several parts:
1. Separate one sheet of paper into the “shirt” card and shirt collar.
2. Design the tie.
3. Make the heart-shaped hands.
4. Decorate the inside of the card with the hands.
Lay the paper horizontally on the long side. Fold it in half vertically.
Fold down the top of the paper about 1″ from the top.
Cut that portion of the paper using the fold line as a guide.
Don’t discard either piece, though! You will need the large piece to make the card, while the small piece will be used for the collar.
Take one section at one end of the paper strip and fold it at a 45 degree angle into the interior of the collar.
Draw a 2-step zig-zag down the length of the strip. A tie shape is mostly made up of triangles. Make a smaller triangle at the top and a larger triangle at the bottom. You’ll notice that I didn’t let the top triangle touch either edge of the paper strip. The bottom triangle can touch the edge, however.
Cut along the penciled tie outline. Unfold.
Glue the back of the tie and collar piece to the outside of the card.
Select a sheet of Skintone Craft Paper. This will be used to form the hands on the inside of the card.
Cut the sheets into two pieces along the fold line.
Each sheet will be used to make a hand.
To make the hand shape, first practice putting your hands together to form the heart shape in the center. Align your forefingers and thumbs together. You will need to shift the position of your fingers so that your forefingers are pressing straight against each other while the thumbs should be curved into each other.
You might need to adjust the shape several times before you get a nice heart curve going on! Once you are satisfied with the appearance, keep one hand in that position while you use the other hand to slide the folded sheet underneath the positioned hand. Make sure that the thumb and forefinger are placed slightly over the folded edge of the sheet. Trace out the hand shape.
Cut out the shape.
Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers out there!
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