Spread a little love and peace with this garland of hearts and peace signs using a fun painting technique with a toy I am sure your little one has and loves – toy cars (or any wheeled toys!) You could also simply cut the shapes out and give them to friends, family members, the cashier at the grocery store, the bank teller, whoever, to spread some joy!
Craft/Activity/Snack: Heart and Peace Sign Paper Garland
Objective: Using a toy car to “drive” paint around on paper, we will create hearts and peace signs with the finished project and attach to a string for a pretty garland to symbolize peace and love.
Skills Utilized: fine motor skills, practicing directions like, up and down, right and left, social and emotional (discussing love, peace, acceptance, etc.), imaginative play
Suggested Reading: The Peace Book by Todd Parr
Materials: paper, washable paint, toy cars/trucks/wheeled toys, scissors. For the garland-string and scotch tape
First, pour some paint onto a plate and instruct your child to drive the car in the paint.
Then, tell them to drive their car on the paper. Madeline was absolutely delighted over the tracks the car left. She really enjoyed making “vroom vroom” noises while she did this.
I used this activity as an opportunity to practice directions. I told her “Drive your car to the left, now to the right. Now up. Drive the car down now”.
After they dried, I cut them into hearts and circles. I used black paper to create the middle part of the peace sign, but of course you could use a black marker or crayon.
We talked about what the symbols mean. We talked about how everyone is special and equal. We talked about being kind. We also spoke of all the wonderful friends Maddy has and how we should always be a good friend to everyone we meet. At this age children look to us and it is so important to instill in them early these values of kindness, peace, love, and friendship.
Getting to our last step, we use the tape to attach the symbols to the string. It is proudly hanging in Madelines room. ✌️❤️
Ways to Expand Upon this Activity:
- Make a peace and love wreath to display on your front door!
- Make a list (and do them!)of ways we can spread more peace, love and happiness. Examples: volunteering, donating to food pantries, complimenting others, holding the door for someone, smiling at people you pass on the street.
- Have your child cut out the shapes.