Making Gifts for Those You Love

One of my most favorite holidays just passed us by: Valentine’s Day, the day of love. There are many ways to celebrate this special day with your loved ones, but I wanted to dedicate this post to things you can do with your kids on this very special day (so you can either do them as a post-Valentine’s Day activity or make a plan for next year!)

A story-poem in Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! titled Piggy Banks is just what it sounds like; a step-by-step activity that teaches youngsters how to make piggy banks. Well, I think this also serves as an excellent way to make a similar craft, but in the shape of a heart rather than a pig. Make a slice on the top, and make Valentine’s cards (and have your children make them for one another) to put in their box. You can decorate the box with pink and red and ribbons and stickers…the options are endless! The Valentines inside will remain keepsakes forever.

Another story-poem, called My Wishes, talks about self-awareness, but we can take this one step further and apply your child’s wishes to ways they wish the world could be a more loving place. You can teach them how to do kind things, and how those kind things can make a difference in someone’s life. In fact, you can add your own “wishes” and talk about what you can do in the world to spread more love.

My story-poem titled Stained Glass continues to be one of my favorites from Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! It gives extremely detailed instruction on creating a piece of stained glass, and what a beautiful piece it would become to use Valentine’s Day themed colors and designs. Hearts, reds, roses, pinks – all the good stuff!

Lastly, a poem titled The Boxes could inspire many different crafting ideas for you and you children. The idea is to gather boxes of all shapes and sizes and use your imagination to see what you can create. Maybe you could cut out different sized colored hearts and hang them from strings inside the box. Or cut the cardboard into heart shapes and spread some glue on them and sprinkle on glitter! Use your imaginations!

As the end of the story-poem says, “Many empty boxes are saved in cupboards, closets, and other places. Just think of all the things you could make with them by using your own ideas and your imagination. This story showed you what one person made, but yours will be your own ideas, and they will be different. You could even use a box to make a game and write the rules for playing it.”

Happy Creating!


Ruth A. Radmore




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