A Long Distance Hug on Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day, so Happy Valentine’s Day! I have a fun Valentine’s Party planned with my three-year-old preschool class today…and another one for my four-year-old class tomorrow.

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We’ll be eating lots of red and pink foods, as well as cheese in the shape of hearts (yay for small cookie cutters), reading more Valentine books, and making simple projects. Oh, and of course, we’ll be opening our Valentines.

Earlier this week, we spent some time creating a special Valentine for our parents. I wanted to do something more than a card and when I stumbled on this idea from Tons of Fun. I knew this would be perfect for a special gift for our preschool parents. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I want to share our Long Distance Hugs with you.

The project itself is very simple –  which makes me love it even more. Cute and simple is every preschool teacher’s dream! Take a piece of white cardstock, paint both of your child’s hands, and stamp them on the paper. I used a large ink pad for some, but decided the paint left a better hand print. I used this washable red tempera paint and it made great hand prints.

Once dry, cut out the hands. I left a bit of white space because I think it makes the hands stand out more. At this point, you may want to laminate the hand prints so that they are more durable. I have an earlier version of this personal laminator and absolutely love it! This inexpensive laminator actually works better than the big one at school.

Then, attach the two hands with a piece of red ribbon. Ta-da! You are finished. You have a hug that your child can share even when they are not there.

I wanted to send a poem home that explained to the parents that this was a hug from their child. I put my rhyming hat on and set to work. I wrote a simple poem that I liked…until I read what Christa (the other preschool teacher) wrote. Hers was simpler and cuter – again, every preschool teacher’s dream! She typed it up, we mounted them, and then had the children sign their names. Well, the fours signed their names, and for the threes, I sent it home as is.

If you would like a copy of the poem we used, you are welcome to use it! We typed it four to a page and cut them appropriately. You can download a pdf copy of Long Distance Hug Poem here. It made my day when I had a preschool parent email to say that it made her tear up. I’m glad to know these simple reminders of a child’s love are cherished!

I hope that you are receive many hugs today, on Valentine’s Day, and every day for that matter! Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

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