Parents, if you are looking for something new to do with your children, take a look at Little Loving Hands. We just tried our first project and we’re instantly hooked.
Little Loving Hands is a little different from the standard monthly craft box: this one is a project designed to be created by your children but then SENT away to a chosen charity where the project will benefit others in need. You receive a box full of all the materials you’ll need to create a special craft and child-appropriate information for kids to learn about the monthly charity and why their project will make a difference.
We made a search and seek bag for the kids in the hospitals at The Children’s Inn. We learned through the colorful cards that many of the children need quiet activities and games to play while others may be resting. The bag is full of beans and little treasures that can be viewed through a clear window. We also made a game card to list all of the trinkets included which we attached to the bag.
We followed along with the easy-to-read instructions and worked together as a team of three. We started by dying the beans green, our favorite color, and while they dried, my oldest worked very hard on stitching the two pieces of felt together to create a small pouch.
We all decided which trinkets to include in the search-and-seek bag as many options were included in the box. Once we selected the twelve we would include, my youngest son (who is 4) identified which of the clues matched our trinket. I helped him cut them out, then he used a glue stick to glue onto the card.
All in all, it took us about one hour to complete the entire project, this was including the time we spent reading about NIH and working hard to make our project the best we could. I realized as we were working on it how brilliant Little Loving Hands is – – – here we are, using our hands and our minds.
Both of my sons really concentrated on their developing fine motor skills with the stitching, cutting and gluing. We had some hands on tactile play when we massaged the food coloring into the beans. We used our decision making and negotiation skills when we decided which twelve trinkets to include. All the while, we were learning about the other families who will receive and play with this fun search-and-seek bag.
When we finished our project, we slipped it into the included mail bag and sent it off to the charity, but we weren’t left empty handed. We also received follow-up talking points, a pin and achievement certificate as a commemorative token. My boys feel proud and worked hard to make this project they best they could. It’s full of love and so are our hearts!
Thanks so much to Little Loving Hands for what you are doing – – – combining charity and creativity. We need more of this in our world today! Packages start at $20/month depending on the length of your subscription. Try it for yourself or give as a wonderful non-toy gift.
Author: Candace Thomas