Objective: To inspire and motivate children (and adults) to perform "random acts of love."
- 1 to 3 large pieces of green, yellow, and/or orange oak tag (to make leaves)
- 2 to 4 large pieces of brown oak tag (or use white oak tag and color it brown
- with a crayon) for the tree trunk
- Medium sized bowl
- Camera and film
Activity:for little ones and adults
- On a piece of green, yellow or orange oak tag, draw a picture of a leaf (you may use a real leaf from outside as a stencil). Try using more than one leaf shape if you'd like.
- Take your scissors (adults only) and cut out the leaf. Use this oak tag leaf to trace as many more as you can onto the remaining oak tag. Make at least 20 leaves or set a family goal of how many acts of love you'll record in a set amount of time.
- Put the blank leaves in a bowl.
- With the brown oak tag, create a long tree trunk and branches by cutting and taping pieces together.
- Using tape, hang the "tree trunk" in a prominent space in your home (i.e., by the front door).
- Put the bowl of leaves near the tree trunk along with markers and crayons and tape.
- Every time someone performs or receives an act of love, write or illustrate the act on the leaf and tape it to the tree.
- Encourage children to think about acts of love they may have witnessed, performed or received during the day. Discuss these at dinnertime then add them to the tree.
- Ask guests to your home to add a leaf.
- Watch with love and pride as the tree "grows."
- Take a picture of your tree with your family or with visitors. Use the picture for a Valentine's Day card to send to loved ones. Include a leaf and have them return it with their own "acts of love" on it to add to the tree.