Valentine crafts :: make a Valentine’s gratitude tree

Looking for some Valentine crafts for kids ready for next month?

Here’s one of our favourite Valentine crafts: a Valentine gratitude tree.

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I think you can make Valentine’s Day more meaningful for children if you move away from a focus on romantic love and instead think about what you’re grateful for. Ask your children what they love or who they love and you might find their answers surprising. You can capture their passions with this Valentine Gratitude Tree idea.

Start by getting crafty and making lots of hearts. You can let the children decide how they’re going to decorate their hearts, maybe with carrot love heart stamps, crayon resist water paints or  using bubbles. Even the youngest ones can join in here if you let them try out a chunky red or pink pencil crayon.

Then on the back of each heart you can write, or draw, something or someone you love. What are you grateful for? You could start each heart with the words ‘I love…’

We like to add a ribbon to each heart and hang them from some branches to make a gratitude tree. Alternatively you could stick or staple them onto a long string to make some beautiful bunting, or hang them vertically to make a cascade display.

This makes a great family or group activity as everyone can take part in the making and contribute ideas to the thanksgiving. We like to make a few extra hearts so visitors can add a thank you to our tree too.

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this idea so much that I am going to copy it! We do something similar for Thanksgiving, and I’ve been wanted to make some wet on wet water color hearts… this is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration

    Amanda

  2. says

    Oh this is a GREAT idea! My girls (3.5 and 1.5) and I just cut out a ton of hearts from their finger-paint paper and wrote the alphabet (uppercase on one half, lower on other half). We were planning on making a garland, but I like your idea better! I’m going to have hubby bring in some small branches and we are going to have so much fun hanging the hearts up! We can write who we love/are thankful for on the back!
    http://musingsofmysahmlife.blogspot.com/

  3. says

    Oh wow! I hadn’t seen this until just now from the blog hop! I love your tree and the meaning behind it. We made something very similar! http://www.dinosaursandoctopuses.com/2012/02/valentines-day-i-love-you-tree.html We decorate this little branch for every season and typically try to make it special somehow. I’ve really enjoyed looking at all the different ways people make theirs, and I’m always happy to see that the All Seasons Tree is important in other families. Yours turned out beautifully!

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