{Celebrate} Valentine’s Day | Jar Of Hearts

January 17, 2012 in All Posts, Celebrate, Play, Popular, Toddler Activities

I’m so excited to bring you this Valentine’s Day activity, which is part of Toddler Approved’s 100 Acts of Kindness Project!
Photobucket 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)

Step 1

Stamp, draw or cut out paper hearts.

First, we made apple-stamped hearts using a carved piece of apple and red paint.Then, we cut out a strip of two hearts at a time and folded our mini heart cards in half.

Next, we made water color hearts by cutting heart shapes out of Jane’s watercolor paintings.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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!).

I can’t wait to see Hubby’s face when he reads all of Jane’s wonderfully honest messages!

In case you’ve never heard it:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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