I just finished a valentine project with kdg. It was "v" week in their class and I always do a project that correlates with their letter. They also were learning about symmetry in their classroom so it all tied in well. Basically the intent of the lesson was for them to successfully cut hearts by folding their paper and then using the hearts to create a collage on a big sheet of paper. I used a mix of red, pink and lavendar paper that I had run on the copy machine so when the folded it there was already a half heart drawn on the fold (actually 2 so when they finished cutting on that page they had 2 hearts) I had different sizes and colors and after I talked them through the folding, and cutting through two layers of paper and they all had successful hearts, I let them go to town cutting until they had several hearts. We talked about how the hearts are symmetrical and how a heart when it is folded looks a lot like a number 2 without the bottom. Some children were able to draw their own lines on the fold
and cut them. At this point with kdg, I'm just happy when they can fold and cut on the line- they usually need a lot of practice. For their collages, we looked at ways to make fish out of hearts ( a big heart body and a little heart tail) butterflies (2 joined at the points) cats ( one big heart upside down for the body joined with a small one for the head, little hearts for ears) etc.... They got really creative once they had a pile of hearts to work with. Students also feel successful when they can cut a heart that doesn't look like an egg!
Jeryl in SC