First of all I should tell you that I have linked up with The Teaching Tribune for a special linky party: Cards for Kindness! For this project students everywhere are encouraged to make cards for people in the community or those who might need an extra smile this Valentine's Day.
Back story: Some weeks before Christmas my amazing, sweet mother-in-law, Kathleen, passed away. (Those of you who follow my blog will know the story). My husband and I discussed not sending Christmas cards this year because he felt that it was just not appropriate for him at that time. We decided that the money we had saved from buying and mailing Christmas cards should be donated to a charity. If you have followed my blog from the beginning, you will know all about my rescued fur babies and how passionate we are about animals. We decided that this money should be donated to our local rescue kennels. (Of course we got busy and hadn't taken the time to drive out there). So, light-bulb moment! We should combine the donation with a special card to celebrate the volunteers who run the kennels, people who do not get paid, but give selflessly of their time for love. My plan was for the children to make the cards and stick £1 coins in each one, so that they felt they were not just thanking those hard-working kind people who make such an amazing difference to animals in need, but also giving something to the animals too - to help feed a dog or cat or buy them a warm blanket to use throughout the snowy months. Of course the children just loved that idea!!
For craft type projects, I usually like the children to be creative, give them a variety of materials and textures and let their imaginations run wild! However after much discussion, the children wanted to make a dog or cat card - so we found some templates, with pieces that were all heart-shaped, and when put together formed a dog or cat. We made up a little verse together, stuck it inside, added some stickers and the coin - all set for a trip to the kennels this weekend! Here are some photos of the finished cards - don't they look cute? Dalmation spots seemed to be a particular favorite! Be prepared for the cuteness overload!
Do you know of an organization in your teaching community or a person who could use some extra smiles and kindness on Friday? This is a super sweet project that does not take a lot of time and leaves a BIG impression on your students! We would love for you to link up with us over at the The Teaching Tribune! Click the button below to head over and learn more! It will be available until February 23rd. Just snap some pictures of your cards and link up with us!
Have fun reading round everybody's blogs and finding out what they've been up to!