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  DESCRIPTION     A Chain of Hearts  
  DETAILS     Using 8 1/2 by 11 red construction paper, fold the eleven inch side in half. Paper now measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. Fold in half again. Paper now measures 8 1/2 by 2 3/4. Fold once more. You've now folded in one direction three times. Open the paper. Using the fold lines as reference, accordion fold the paper - i.e. back and forth. When finished fold in half. What you have now is approximately 1 3/8 by 4 1/4 in size. Put fold side on the left and lightly draw the heart shape you wish as illustrated in the drawing above the chain. If you use the whole length of folded paper you're going to have a long, skinny heart. Shorter is plumper. Don't cut the edge marked by the arrow, that's where things join. To make a longer chain glue or tape groups together. USES: Hang to mark the days until Valentines Day, removing one heart as each day passes. Or when your grandchild comes to spend the night, hang a chain on their door. Or use on a birthday package instead of ribbon. Be creative!  
  AGE RANGE     Pre-school to 12  
  GENDER     All  
  SEASONAL     Yes  
  MATERIALS NEEDED     Red construction paper, scissors, glue/tape. crayons, markers etc. if you want to decorate your hearts.  
  SKILLS NEEDED     Manual dexterity, skill with scissors.  
  TIME TO PREPARE (Minutes)     10  
  TIME TO MAKE (minutes)     15  
  MY RATING (1-10)     8  
  ALL RATINGS (1-10)                                                                                                Rating Formula   
  NAME     Suzy Smith  
  COMMENTS       Helpful for folding and cutting tips, but folding an 8.5x11 sheet of
paper the # of times the author suggests creates a very thick paper that
is difficult to cut, especially for young ones. Since the last fold only
serves to create two 4-heart chains from one sheet of paper, I found
that cutting the paper in half or even thirds prior to any folding made
it easier to create pretty, plump little hearts.

Erica Fisher
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