Have you heard of conversation hearts? They are little heart-shaped candies with Valentine messages written on them, such as “Be Mine,” “You Are Cute,” “I Love You,” etc. This craft is inspired by those hearts and is an activity we hope will help you spread kindness and kind words throughout the year. You can do this as a Sabbath School craft, at home with family and friends, or even by yourself.
If you are in a classroom, write each child’s name on a small piece of paper. Fold the papers in half so the names are hidden, and have your teacher mix them up in a large bowl. Each student will draw a name with- out telling anyone whose name they draw. If doing this at home, think of one person you would like to make this craft for (this is an important step).
a paper plate
thin cardboard (large enough to trace a paper plate) pencil
construction paper (in colors you love)
markers, crayons, paint pens
Trace the paper plate onto your cardboard, then draw another circle inside that one with about an inch of space between the two circles.
Cut out this “ring” you created. It will be the base for your wreath.
Fold a piece of scrap paper in half, and use your heart pattern to cut the shape of a heart on it (your teacher or parent can help with this part).
Trace several half-heart shapes on a folded piece of construction paper. You should be able to fit three hearts on the paper. Do this on a variety of colored papers for a total of 12 hearts.
Cut out all the different-colored hearts and press out the creases. Now think about the person whose name you drew (or the person you chose on your own) and write kind words about them on each of the hearts.
Arrange the hearts on your wreath shape. Once you like how it looks, glue the hearts down to the wreath with your glue stick.
Once your project is completed and dried, each student can take a turn reading off the kind words on their wreath, and the rest of the class can try to guess who the wreath is for. Once you have solved that puzzle, present the wreath to the person you made it for.