We love celebrating holidays in our home. In fact, we love celebrating holidays for weeks prior to the actual holiday. This year we have created a valentines day love tree. We create the leaves on the tree by doing nice things for each other.
The first thing we did was find a wall that was empty and big. Next, we bought some brown butcher paper and made a tree trunk with a few branches. It doesn’t seem like much but it will in a couple weeks!
The girls helped me cut out a bunch of hearts; different colors and different sizes to add variety. We put them all in this plastic pencil box. I rolled some painters tape and stuck them to the inside part of the lid so they would be ready to go. Just trying to help the process and help the little ones be independent.
Here’s how we play. Everyone is able to do kind things for everyone. When you do a kind deed you are able to choose a heart and add it to the tree. Sometimes my girls were incredibly proud of their deed so they wrote down what they did on the heart before adding it to the tree. Days later they liked going back to the tree to read what they did and what others did as well.
Having a visual reminder of all the wonderful things we do for each other is motivating us to do even more things for each other. Our hope is that by Valentine’s Day our tree will be abundant. Right now, just days later our tree looks like this.
The best part is with a little reminder to “grow our tree” my girls run around the house being super nice and secretly or not so secretly doing nice things for each other. I’m secretly hoping that by doing this valentines day love tree for a few weeks they will think it is fun and a new little habit and we will have more love in our house all the time.