My 12-year-old is a super-crafty kid. She is also a gift-giver. She would much rather make someone a gift than buy them one. She will often spend an evening behind closed doors working on a surprise for a member of the family.
Recently, she came across a project online and did just that. She went upstairs to her bedroom and asked not to be disturbed, because she was working on a project. I knew that was code for I’m making someone a gift, so I honored her wish.
The next morning, I woke up to a sweet surprise on the wall at the bottom of our stairs. A few days later, her dad got a surprise of his own. Because she worked behind closed doors, I have no in-progress pictures.
However, these crafts are so easy to make. All your kids need to complete them is construction paper, glue sticks, and markers or sharpies.
I’m calling mine “Love Blooms Here.” Emma cut grass out of a sheet of construction paper. She just zig-zagged the top to resemble grass. She cut flowers out of purple paper, but your kids can choose their favorite color or colors. She also cut the flower centers out of yellow paper. She then attached a yellow circle to the center of each flower
She attached three flowers to the grass and wrote “I,” “love,” and “your” on those three flowers. Next, she personalized each flower with something she loves about me. I love that she said she loves my blogging, teaching, and washi-taping in addition to kisses, creativeness, and compassion.
She snuck downstairs after I went to bed and taped her artwork to the wall. It’s been over a month, and I can’t bear to take it down.
I’ll call her dad’s gift “Love Rains Here.” Using the same concept as described above, she cut a rain cloud out of construction paper, and then she filled the clouds with hearts. The cloud is raining hearts that say “I love your…” back rubs, ability to make me feel safe, and total amazingness to name a few.
I love how kids can use one of these projects (or one similar to it) to express their love for a parent, grandparent, or a best friend. It’s also something a parent or older sibling can help a little one complete while letting the little ones express their love.
Do you have a kid whose love language is gift-giving? If so, they’ll love this craft!
Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. Her children are 21, 16, and 11 – two boys and one girl. She is currently homeschooling her daughter – 6th grade. When she’s not blogging, Tara enjoys crocheting and snuggling up with a good book. She and her family recently moved from Texas to Ohio, and they’re having fun exploring their new surroundings. She blogs about homeschooling, motherhood, and family life on both of her blogs – Homeschool Preschool and Teaching with Children's Books.