I found this idea in my last year’s Family Fun magazine, so we decided to give it a try. It’s quite messy, but great for fine-motor skills! My 3-year-old had a hard time with this (even though she liked making a mess!), but my 5 and 7-year-old were able to complete the project and have them actually look like hearts!
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
- Cookie sheet or wax paper
1) Make cornstarch “glue”. Mix 1/4 cup cornstarch with 1/2 cup water until smooth. Heat over medium heat (stirring constantly) until thickened and translucent. (Don’t overcook! I did the first time and it was too gummy!) Allow to cool.
2) Cut pieces of yarn about 8″-12″ long.
3) Dip yarn in the cornstarch “glue” (remove the excess by running it through your thumb and pointer fingers) and place inside a cookie cutter on a cookie sheet. Repeat until the heart is filled with yarn.
4) Remove the cookie cutter and press the yarn down (you may need to reshape it a little bit). Allow to dry overnight until hardened.