Making a letter for mum

Making a greating card - considering how this brings happiness

The goal of the activity is making a greeting card for mums (not necessarily for International Women’s Day, but also for Mother’s Day, etc.), so that the students take pleasure in the result and have a good feeling from making someone happy. The card design is at the teacher’s discretion. If interlaced heart is being made, it is recommended to stick it on a folded paper, resulting in a large greeting card, in which the students can write dedications – their own or using a template (e.g. a poem) provided by the teacher.
07.–08.03.2017 Author: Pavlína Vitásková
The students liked the activity. It is, however, necessary to provide assistance to them when making an interlaced heart. Some third-graders had difficulty tracing out their hands on the paper and then cutting them out, so again the teacher’s assistance is required. The activity will not take up more than one unit.
Progress of work:
1. Cut the heart out from coloured paper and decorate with dots, coloured strips, simple patterns made by a marker, or the heart can be laced with multicoloured strips of paper. Also, cut-through hearts are beautiful, but elaborate. Nice, interesting and simple hearts can also be made by interlacing cut strips of two halves of the heart.

2. Take paper of two colours and cut out two identical parts. Cut strips in them as shown above. Lay them against each other and interlace the strips. This activity requires some diligence and patience, but the result is very simple and beautiful. Then glue the ends of the strips together.

3. You can try combining two colours, glossy and matt paper, or interlacing the plain-coloured part of the heart with the second part made from paper patterned with flowers, abstract designs, coloured stripes, cubes, etc.

4. it is possible to write a short dedication or name to the upper, non-interlaced part of the heart. This coloured heart will certainly please all mums, grandmas, aunts, or friends, simply everyone we like and want to make happy.

Pictures illustrating this process are included in the downloadable document with this entry.

How this resource relates to Shaping Characters objectives

  • Attitudes and attributes
  • Education techniques

Actual outcomes

Educational objective: Making a greeting card for mum, making her happy

Qualities in focus: Diligence, patience, creativity, care, kindness

Target group, age of the students: 8–11 years of age

Suitable for: Practical Activities, Art

Resources required

Coloured paper, scissors, glue, instructions and specimen for the students

Time needed

1 unit (45 minutes)

What could have been done differently or is planned for future repeats?

The students liked the activity. It is, however, necessary to provide assistance to them when making an interlaced heart. Some third-graders had difficulty tracing out their hands on the paper and then cutting them out, so again the teacher’s assistance is required. The activity will not take up more than one unit.

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Contact information

hana.maresova@upol.cz