Box of Love
Children are often taught to be obsessed with knowing the right answer. In today's dynamic world we need to teach our children critical thinking and that there is often more than one correct answer or approach to a problem. While you are painting don’t hesitate to take this opportunity to chat with your child. Before they begin painting hold up the box front facing forward and ask, “What shape is this?” The logical response is “a square.” Now hold the box side facing and repeat the question. Suddenly the box is a rectangle. Let this open the door to a variety of “things are not always what they seem” conversations.
Are you looking for a sure fire winner for your mother-in-law? My heart melted as I read this note handed to me by my daughter with the little box to your right:
This is a very special gift that you can never see. The reason it’s so special is, it’s just for you from me. Whenever you are happy or even feeling blue. You only have to hold this gift and know I think of you. You never can unwrap it. Please leave the ribbon tied. Just hold the box close to your heart. It’s filled with love inside.
This simple project is inexpensive and priceless.
Gather these items to get started:
- Small box: an old jewelry box, a wedding favor box from a craft shop, even something small or random from your recycling bin.
- Acrylic Paint and Brushes
- Smocks and painting mat
- Ribbon & any other decorations you want to use
- Printer and paper
Step 1: If you have a little one I’d recommend giving the box a base coat of a light solid color.
Let it dry before they begin on their decorative coat.
Step 2: Set up a station where your child can paint and make a mess. A plastic shower curtain works perfectly as a craft tablecloth. If it gets really dirty you can even throw it in the laundry machine to clean it up. Set out a few complimentary paints along with brushes of varying sizes.
Step 3: Let your child paint the box any way they wish. Once the box is dry adorn with a bow or any other creative decorations.
Step 4: Have your child write out the gift poem above. If your child is too small to print, click here to download a printable copy of the poem (PDF). Have your child decorate the portions of the card around the poem.
I enjoy seeing how each child takes the project in a different direction. Didn’t her son do an amazing job? Bello!
I’d love if you’d share a photo of your child’s Box of Love with me too.