I have a real love for washi tape and this fab preschool process art project was great for using up some of my stash. The washi tape hearts make a beautiful garland if you are so inclined like we turned ours into, but you could also use them on cards or just write on the back of them.
Sometimes you just want a simple, low-prep and low-mess craft and that is what this washi tape process art activity is. I babysat my best friends boys at the last minute and this was something that I did with them.
How to Make Washi Tape Hearts
- Washi tape
- Heart shaped Punch
Instructions for making washi tape hearts
I have LOTS of washi tape, I think I may have a problem! Firstly we picked what tape we wanted to use for our project and put all the red and pink tapes into a bowl.
Then Q (as I will call him) was given free rein to cover the paper in tape any way he chose to. This was a fab exercise in fine motor skills and scissor skills. He found all the ends of the tape himself and cut the tape too. He is a lefty and I only had right-hand scissors so think I should buy a pair of left-handed kids scissors for him.
It was really interesting watching him pick up the tape, decide where to put it and then stack it carefully so he didn’t use the same roll twice.
Washi tape is a great art and craft material it is low-tac, so kids can reposition it without too much trouble and they can also tear it when they are a little older. Q, who I was doing this with was four and preferred using scissors.
Once he had as much tape on his card as he wanted we then moved on to punching out the hearts. You don’t have to use a punch, you could trace hearts onto the rear (using a cookie cutter as a stencil) and use scissors, but as we were using card a punch was easier.
Q positioned the punch and then proceeded to push with all his might until he heard the click and then he removed the heart from the rear. He really loved the punching part and kept saying “I am going it with all my might” which had me in stitches!
The hearts are beautiful on their own, but as we had some more time I decided to punch them with a 1/8 inch hole punch and give Q some thread, so he could spend some time threading them, which is a great activity for fine motor skills.
We then turned them into a washi tape heart garland which he game to his mum.
Do you love washi tape?