Tuesday, February 1, 2011

14 Days of Love and Crafts

We are super excited for the month of February! For the next 14 days, there will be a post sharing a crafty idea that is both educational and fun for your family. Make sure you stop by daily for some Valentine fun!

Day 1

Hearts that say "I love you."

For this craft, all you will need is red, pink, or any other color of your choice, and brown construction paper. You will also need glue, scissors, tape and a marker. 

This craft is suitable for all ages, families with kids and families without. So basically everyone!

First, cut out your tree. This is where your imagination comes in! I just cut free handed, but I am sure you can make yours even cuter with a stencil or cricket. I used 3 sheets of brown paper to make my tree. Tape your tree where it can be seen: on a wall in the front room, in the hallway, anywhere you'd like. I taped mine by my front door.
Next, cut out multiple hearts in various colors and sizes. Put these hearts near the tree in a container with a marker.
This is where the fun comes in. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, anyone who comes into your home to write on a heart something they "love." For your children, make sure they use their best handwriting and a complete sentence! "I love _____." For your little ones in preschool, they can write just one word, and for your little ones younger than 3, have them scribble their thoughts or draw a picture. It can be adapted to all ages! 
Last, hang the hearts as people write on them throughout the month of February (or you can do a shorter time period) and it will make the cutest display in your home, while reminding each other the things you love about life. To introduce something new, it is always fun to read a picture book. In this case you can read a book about Love and talk about why it is important to show others that you love them. For older children, you can brainstorm ways to SHOW others your love: i.e. cleaning your room to show mom you love her, giving your friend a hug, etc. 
This craft can easily be adapted throughout the year to celebrate seasons and holidays. Have fun with it and don't forget to make it educational too!

Also, you have just 2 weeks to enter to win our GIVEAWAY!! Hurry hurry to win some awesome classic picture books for your kiddos and you to enjoy!

Happy February!

1 comment:

Devrie Pettit said...

Really cute! Bray and I did a tree like this for Thanksgiving when I was just pregnant with Chayce, I love the "I love..." idea!