Thursday, May 19, 2011

crafting with grandma - Let's Make Hugs!

If you'd like a simple, yet fun craft you can make with your grandchild(ren) and an opportunity to brighten the day of others . . . this craft is for you!


Supplies -

  • paper
  • tape
  • crayons or markers
  • optional - stickers, glue, glitter
  • scissors
Directions -

  • you need your paper to be as long as the arm span of each child who is making this project - if you do not have large sheets of paper, you may use any paper, just tape them end to end to make a sheet as long as you need it to be 
  • once you have your paper, have your grandchild lay down in the middle of the paper and stretch their arms out while you, or a sibling traces around their arms, hands and fingers - of both arms. 
  • have child get up and then draw lines to connect each arm
  • allow child to decorate however they like
  • cut out decorated "arms" and bring the fingers together for a "hug" - write on the back whatever message you'd like . . . here's a hug for mommy, here's a hug for daddy, here's a hug for ???? :^)
  • follow this simple procedure for each child
Talk with your grandchild(ren) about how we hug others to show we love them and share how much you love your grandchild(ren). Share with your grandchild(ren) Jeremiah 31:3 "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself." and tell them God loves them for always! Ask your grandchild(ren) what it means to "draw" something to themselves and show them how drawing something to yourself is like "hugging" someone! Lead your grandchild(ren) in thanking and praising God for His amazing, everlasting love for them and then ask them if they know anyone who needs to be reminded they are loved and make another "hug" to brighten this person's day!

Have fun making "hugs" - be sure to give a few real hugs while you are at it - and write the date on the back so you will be able to remember how old your grandchild(ren) were when they made their "hugs"! :^)

2 comments:

  1. This is such a wonderful yet simple craft idea! While I'm not a grandmother (yet!), I have dozens of children's ministry students that will certainly like making "hugs" for their parents, friends, or school teachers. I also love the Bible verse that you chose to go along with this craft. It's so inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I'm so glad you will be able to use this craft with your children's ministry! Thank you for reading my blog - you might like my other blog, too . . . aboutthechildrensdepartment.com

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