KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | February 2018

Kind Words for a Kind Heart

This time of year you might be familiar with conversation hearts—those little heart-shaped candies with Valentine messages written on them, such as “Be Mine,” “You Are Cute,” and “I Love You.” This craft is inspired by those hearts, and it also includes an activity to help you spread kind words, not just on Valentine’s Day, but the rest of the year. You can do this in school, Sabbath school, or at home with a group of friends, or by yourself.

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If you’re in a classroom, write each student’s name on a small piece of paper. Fold the papers in half so the names are hidden and have your teacher mix them up in a large bowl. Each student draws a name without telling anyone whose name they drew. If you are at home with friends, homeschooled, or doing this on your own, think of one person you would like to make this craft for (this is an important step).

STEP 2: SUPPLIES

a paper plate

another circular object smaller than plate

(optional)

thin cardboard (large enough piece to trace

paper plate)

pencil

scissors

heart pattern

construction paper: your

choice of colors

markers, crayon, or paint pens

glue sticks

 

STEP 3: DIRECTIONS

1. Trace the paper plate onto your cardboard, then draw another circle inside that one with about an inch of space between the two circles. To make it easier, find something circular in your home smaller than the paper plate to trace your circle, like a plate, bowl, or vase. When you’re done you will have two perfect circles centered with each other.

 

2. Cut out the outside “ring” you created. That will be the base for your wreath. Then cut out the inside ring.

 

3. Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Fold your heart pattern in half and trace it ON THE FOLD of your colored paper (your teacher or parent can help if needed). Make sure you draw ON THE FOLD or you won’t have a heart when you’re done.

 

4. Trace several half-heart shapes on different colored folded construction paper. You should be able to fit at least three hearts on the paper. Do this for a total of 12 hearts.

 

5. Cut out all the hearts and press out the creases. Now think about the person you are making this for. Think of nice things to say about them. Write these kind words or phrases on each of the hearts.

 

6. Arrange the 12 hearts on your wreath shape. Once you are happy with how it looks, glue the hearts down on the wreath. Your class can try to guess whom the wreath is for by reading the words. Once they have guessed, give the wreath to the person it is for.

If you did the wreath at home for one person, you can have them read the kind words aloud and guess whom you have written about (tell them if they don’t guess in the end). Give them the wreath to keep!