Around this time of year, you might be pretty familiar with conversation hearts—those little heart-shaped candies with Valentine messages written on them, such as “Be Mine,” “You Are Cute,” “I Love You,” etc. This craft is inspired by those hearts, and it also comes with an activity we hope will help you spread kindness and kind words not just on Valentine’s Day, but the rest of the year too. You can do this in school or Sabbath school with your teacher, or at home with a group of friends, or even by yourself.
If you are in the 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 will draw 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).
•a paper plate
•thin cardboard (large enough piece to trace paper plate)
•construction paper: pink, purple, red, and blue
•markers, crayons, or paint pens
1.Trace the paper plate onto your cardboard and then draw another circle inside that one with about an inch of space between the two circles.
2.Cut out this “ring” you created. That will be the base for your wreath.
3.Fold a piece of scrap paper in half and use your heart pattern to cut the shape of a heart on it. (Your teacher or parent can help with this part.)
4.Trace several half-heart shapes on a folded piece of construction paper. You should be able to fit three hearts on the paper. Do this on a variety of different colored construction papers for a total of 12 hearts.
5.Cut out all the different colored hearts and press out the creases. Now think about the person whose name you drew and think of all kinds of nice things to say about them. Write these kind words on each of the hearts.
6.Arrange the hearts on your wreath shape. Once you are happy with how it looks, glue the hearts down to the wreath with your glue stick.
7.Once your project is completed and dried, each student can take a turn reading off the kind words on their wreath, and the rest of the class can try to guess who the wreath is for. Once you have solved that puzzle, present the wreath to the classmate it is for.
If you did the wreath at home for one person, you can have the person read the kind words and guess whom you have written about—tell them if they don’t guess in the end— and give them the wreath to keep!
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