I’m so excited to bring you this Valentine’s Day activity, which is part of Toddler Approved’s 100 Acts of Kindness Project!
My inspiration was Christina Perri’s Jar of Hearts – a melancholy song about a tortured break up – but this activity is about recognizing love and kindness in another and creatively expressing thanks for that person’s generosity of heart. It’s a very simple way of introducing the concept of kindness to a toddler or teaching an older child the importance of kindness and encouraging her to demonstrate thoughtfulness in every facet of life.
- cardstock, construction paper or regular paper
- stamps, markers, pencils, crayons, watercolors, paints or pens
- a jar (we used the same kind we did for this project)
- scissors (we used zig zag-edged scissors)
Stamp, draw or cut out paper hearts.
Write down the qualities that you think make your recipient a kind person.
This next step was really interesting to do with a 3 year old! I asked Jane why she loved Daddy and what made Daddy kind. At first she didn’t quite understand our “game,” but after I explained to her what kindness was, she was on a roll! While she was rambling, I jotted down everything she said verbatim. Then I copied her words into our heart cards and onto the backs of our heart cutouts.
Fill your jar with the hearts.
After stuffing our jar with hearts, I put on a few finishing touches by adding a piece of gingham tissue to the lid of the jar and attaching a Salt Dough Valentine we made last week (tutorial coming!).
In case you’ve never heard it:
Happy Valentine’s Day!