Did you ever have Octagons when you were younger? They are octagonal building disks that fit together. I got a set for my 3rd birthday, and I have still have them. They are a fun way to build and have inspired me to make a connecting hearts building activity for Valentine’s Day.

Make sure you follow my Valentine’s Day board on Pinterest for more ideas. Don’t forget to save the pin for later.

To make your own connecting hearts building activity you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paint (optional)

On your cardboard, I used some cardboard packaging, draw your hearts. If you want them all to be the same size and shape, then draw around a cookie cutter. Then cut them all out.

I didn’t just want blank hearts, so I painted them all different shades of pink/red. But this step is optional. I like to do that sort of thing in the evening while listening to the TV.

Please forgive the state of my desk.

The final step is to make slits around the edge of each heart. I made 4 on each one. You don’t want the slits to be too thin, or it will be hard to build with them. On the other hand though, you don’t want them to be too wide, or the hearts wont stay connected.

connecting hearts building activity

Our finished set is quite small, which makes it perfect for putting into a small bag and taking out as a busy bag.  We’ve also used them in loose parts play.  BB made them into airplanes, then feed them bits of pizza.

connecting hearts building activity

If you enjoyed this connecting heart building activity be sure to check out my Valentine’s sugar writing tray, Valentine’s phonics hide and seek game, and heart and circle animal pictures.

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connecting hearts building activity: Fun Valentine's activity that can become a busy bag, used independently to build with, or as part of loose parts play.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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