Heart-shaped Animals

By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is getting ready for Valentine’s Day with these loveable creatures.

Ages: preschool (with assistance) and up.

Materials: 6” X 9” pieces of red, white, pink, magenta and purple construction paper, pencils, scissors, glue sticks, markers and paper fasteners (optional).


Create a heart shape.  Fold a sheet of construction paper in half.  On the fold line draw the shape of an ear, cut it out and open it up to create a heart shape.

Create more heart shapes of varying sizes and colors.

Put the shapes together to create animals.

Glue the shapes together.  If you want to create movable parts, use paper fasteners to attach the hearts.

Add details with markers.


This is a great way to make Valentine’s Day decorations or Valentines to give to others.  While making the project, share the following Question and Answer Valentine Jokes with your children.

 Q:  What did the Valentine card say to the stamp?
A:  Stick with me and we’ll go places.

Q:  What is a vampire’s sweetheart called?
A:  His ghoul-friend.

Q:  Why did the banana go out with the prune?
A:  Because he couldn’t get a date.

Q:  What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus?
A:  Can I hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand?

Q:  What did one snake say to the other snake?
A:  Give me a little hug and a hiss, honey.


The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located at 215 N. 7th St. in downtown Phoenix, at the southeast corner of Seventh Street and Van Buren in the historic Monroe School Building.


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