Heart Sensory Collage

Heart Sensory Collage by Crayon Box Chronicles

Today’s heart sensory collage explores tactile sensations, cutting, and fine motor skills. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this seemed like a great opportunity to create with red materials. This child-led activity give C a chance to explore materials he collected with minimal instruction from me.


  • Red objects in various textures, shapes, and shades
  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Heart Template

Have your child collect red objects in various textures, sizes, shapes, and shades.  C gravitated to varying shades of red and magenta.  He chose pom-poms, beads, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, colored goggle-eyes, buttons, felt, string, sequins, letters, textured paper, and a beaded necklace.  After he collected his loose materials, I arranged them inside a wooden tray in a visually stimulating way.

Child tracing heart online

Print out the heart template, then cut it out.  I cleaned up his cut before he began.  Next, trace the heart template on the paper.  After my cutting and tracing support, he began exploring the materials he chose, with no specific set of directions or purpose.

Child cutting beads for cutting skills

He immediately grabbed the beaded necklace and began cutting – great for those much-needed preschool cutting skills.  As I was watching him, I immediately thought of Racheous activity Montessori Golden Beads.  She has lots of great Montessori inspired activities on her site.

Heart loose parts activity by Crayon Box Chronicles

This sensory experience was simple, fun and educational.  He kept saying, “Look! It’s a heart Mommy!” He continued to explore all the parts.  I wasn’t sure if he would use the glue or just play with the parts. 

Child glueing red loose parts onto heart

After cutting most of the beads, he began gluing them, outlining the heart.  This alone kept him happy and focused for 15 minutes! That’s long in preschool land.  I will definitely be doing more bead activities with him in the future.

Beads glued around outline of heart with letters LOVE

Once he finished his outline, he began exploring all the different textures and colors of the materials.  He started with the letters and textured paper, moving them all around the paper.  It was interesting to see what his intentions where with the materials.  He began commenting on how they felt.  We continued to discuss ways to explore the items.  Are they soft? What shapes do you see? Bigger and smaller differences?

Heart Valentine Sensory Collage by Crayon Box Chronicles

Once he decided he’d like to glue them, I helped him at his request.  We used school glue and tacky glue for the large pieces. After it dried, we hung it on his art wall for easy access to explore.  This multi-sensory collage makes a sweet Valentine’s card too.  Don’t forget to add a message to your dear Valentine. 

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36 thoughts on “Heart Sensory Collage

  1. Shaunna Evans says:

    This is such a cute holiday craft. I love all of the materials and the fine motor practice. Thanks so much for linking up at Discover & Explore. I’m featuring this post today.


  2. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says:

    What a great idea – I’m raiding my crafts supplies, costume jewellery and going to set up this for later in the week.

    Thank you for linking up to Tuesday Tots last week and just letting you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.


  3. Jean says:

    We have a huge art box and this is a great color activity for my 1yo and construction idea for my 4yo, thank you! Love your results by the way. Googly eyes are always a good addition to any art project 🙂


  4. nevafels says:

    My grandsons had Montessori schooling and I love the toys associated with their branding. Have your kids tried Cup Stacking? I did a post on my almost 2 year old grandson learning how to stack them and then knock them over. It kept him busy for hours, just like his cousins.


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