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Clothespin House

  • Preschool
  • Grades 1-3

Open up this clothespin house to find the secret ingredient to a home!

Materials



Clothespins
Foam Sheets or Construction Paper
Red Fuzzy Stick

Scissors

Glue or *Hot Glue* Adult Supervision Required

Marker

Instructions



Step  1.

Cut a 2-inch square out of foam to form your house.

Step  1.

Cut a 2-inch square out of foam to form your house.

Step  2.

Cut a triangle out of a different color of foam or construction paper for the roof.

Step  2.

Cut a triangle out of a different color of foam or construction paper for the roof.

Step  3.

Glue the roof to the top half of your clothespin.

Step  3.

Glue the roof to the top half of your clothespin.

Step  4.

Bend the end of a red fuzzy stick into an “M” shape to form a heart. Love is the secret ingredient in any home!

Step  4.

Bend the end of a red fuzzy stick into an “M” shape to form a heart. Love is the secret ingredient in any home!

Step  5.

Wrap the long part remaining on the fuzzy stick around a short end. You will use the short end to glue to your clothespin. Cut off any excess fuzzy stick after you have wrapped it around to secure your heart.

Step  5.

Wrap the long part remaining on the fuzzy stick around a short end. You will use the short end to glue to your clothespin. Cut off any excess fuzzy stick after you have wrapped it around to secure your heart.

Step  6.

Carefully glue your heart to the back of the clothespin. Be sure to only put glue on the bottom half of the clothespin so it will still open!

Step  6.

Carefully glue your heart to the back of the clothespin. Be sure to only put glue on the bottom half of the clothespin so it will still open!

Step  7.

Glue the bottom of your house to the bottom front of the clothespin so that it hides the heart.

Step  7.

Glue the bottom of your house to the bottom front of the clothespin so that it hides the heart.

Step  8.

Decorate your house! Add a roof, doors, windows, anything you like!

Step  8.

Decorate your house! Add a roof, doors, windows, anything you like!

Step  9.

Pinch your clothespin to open and show that love makes a house into a home!

Step  9.

Pinch your clothespin to open and show that love makes a house into a home!

Make yourself at home with some crafty clothespins and a lesson on the ABCs!  

  • Say Hello to a New Letter: ‘H’ can stand by itself, or help other letters create new sounds, like ‘ch’ or ‘th,’ also known as diagraphs. Ask students to sound out these diagraphs and find words that include them.  
  • Hone New Skills: Crafting with smaller materials means students will exercise different muscles in their hands and fingers — which strengthens their fine motor skills!

There are plenty of household items that start or include the letter ‘H.’ As an exercise, have students write out a list of things around their houses that start with the letter ‘H’ — bonus points if they include words with digraphs!