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Arts & crafts

Origami Heart

What to do with this activity?

Watch the video above together with your child. It shows you how to make an origami heart. Origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding paper. We suggest that your child practises with scrap paper before having a go with red paper. Encourage your child to work carefully step by step. You can stop and start the video as you need. 

Make sure that the piece of paper is absolutely square before you start! Let your child do the measuring.

Coming up to St. Valentine's Day (February 14th) you might like to make this heart for someone you love.  


  • Why am I doing this?

    Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.

  • How can I do more?

    Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.  

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