Saturday, January 23, 2021

Let's Have a Heart Hunt!

Valentine's Day is less than a month away, so if you are looking for a fun idea you could try with your grandchildren; consider holding a, “heart hunt”. What is a “heart hunt” you ask? Well . . . think Easter egg hunt, but substitute small paper or foam hearts.

Cut out small (two or three inch size) hearts from sheets of foam - one color for each grandchild, which will allow you to hide them in easier places for the younger ones and more challenging places for older ones - and be sure each one is able to find the same number of hearts.

Then on the Saturday closest to Valentine’s Day have their Poppa and parents hide the hearts outside in your yard. After the hearts are hidden, they will get to go find them – there will be about a dozen for each of them to find. Then they will get to trade in their hearts for treats . . . their favorite candy, homemade cookies and experiences . . . such as a trip to a local farm, a visit to the park, a hike through the woods, etc.

It will be a lot of fun . . . and really, just for fun; which is not a bad thing. yes, we need to be intentional about handing down confident faith to our grandchildren, but we also need to be intentional about building wonderful family memories and things like a having a “heart hunt” definitely fit into this “category”!

So, for this "event", you will need the following . . . 
  • Paper lunch bags - one per child
  • Paper or foam hearts - or paper and foam and let your grandchildren make their own hearts
  • A collection of "treats" and "events" for which your grandchildren will be able to trade their hearts - these do not go in the mystery bags
Give each child an empty bag to fill with the hearts they find - just follow the instructions above; of course as you do this event, you could certainly talk about what love looks like from 1 Corinthians 13 and how much God loves us all to make it an event with a spiritual purpose. Be sure to take lots of photos - you are building memories . . . and there is great value in doing this for sure! (This is an idea you could do with grandchildren far away - just send the supplies and get their parents to set up the "hunt".)

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