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Challenge: Be My Valentine

Kindness of the Heart

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Trace your child's hand print on different colors of paper. Make red hearts that are small enough to fit on the hands. Talk with your child about kindness and write down simple acts of kindness that your he/she could do for others. Write them on the hand prints and place a heart on each hand after your child has performed any of these acts of kindness. To get the "hearts started", they could receive a heart for saying please, thank you, for taking turns, etc. A little bowl of their favorite candy would bring smiles to their faces as you spend time talking to your child about Kind Things.

We have a Kindness Tree (our artificial tree stays up all year). It is full of Acts of Kindness and the grandchildren are always reminded that it doesn't take much to be kind. These hands could be placed on the refrigerator, on a clothesline, on a cork board, or in a room that your child spends a lot of time in.

This is a Valentine's Day project that is fun and straight from the heart! Don't forget to remind them to be kind. Each day, ask them about the kind things they did that day.

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