I’ve always got lots of crafty ideas. I’ve also got lots of opinions. Especially about crafty stuff. Every time Valentines Day rolls around I always get excited because I’ve got so many fun ideas for Valentines.

A week or so ago I started to spout off my great Valentine ideas to Elias. I assumed he’d pick one and we’d get to making them. He looked at me and said, “Cool! Or we could….” Of course he had a lot of ideas of his own. He wasn’t interested in doing my ideas.

In the end, I know it’s better if he designs his own Valentines. I have to admit, though, that I was a little sad he didn’t want any of my ideas.

In Elias’ class, they read the books, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids” and “How Full Is Your Bucket?” They are great books about how our actions affect others, and how one kind deed can go a long way. Elias decided he wanted bucket themed Valentines. He designed them all on his own. I did help him cut out some of the buckets, but other than that he did everything himself. He even chose colors he thought each of his classmates like.

I was proud of him for designing and creating his Valentines all on his own. Even better, he was proud of himself!

It took two work sessions for all of the Valentines to get completed. I had him pose with the finished cards. This is the face of a kid who has just done a lot of work!

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One Response to Valentines

  1. janet says:

    Really wonderful valentines, Elias! You fill a lot of peoples’ buckets with your smile. I heard someone at the 8a service talking about that just last Sunday.

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