Valentine’s Day is almost here, and it’s a great opportunity to help your little ones share the love of Jesus with others. One of the greatest gifts we can pass on to our children is not just the idea of doing something for others, but actually doing it.
So who ever said ornaments are just for Christmas?
Try making these cinnamon applesauce hearts to pass on to someone who may need a little lovin’ at Valentine’s Day. It could be a neighbor, someone who has been struggling with an illness or is special to your child or your family. To make it extra special, you could even bake up a loaf or two of applesauce bread, wrap it up and attach the heart before heading out with your preschooler for a special delivery. Not a big baker? You can find some great bread mixes at the store for next to nothing. Remember, sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the best memories and teach the most important truths.
You’ll Love the Simple Ingredient List
1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
¼ cup white school glue
A large mixing bowl
A rolling pin
Heart cookie cutter
Thin ribbon for hanging
Something to make the hole for hanging (a straw works well)
You’ll also love the easy instructions:
1- Mix cinnamon, applesauce and glue together in a large mixing bowl.
2–Roll the dough out on wax paper about ¼ inch thick
3–Cut out the hearts
4- Poke a hole at the top big enough to put a string or ribbon through
5–Place cut out onto wax paper for drying (this will take a while)
6–When completely dry, thread ribbon through the hole and tie
It may take a while for the ornament to dry depending on where you live and what the humidity levels are in your house. You may want to plan to make the hearts one day and deliver them another. But whatever you decide to do, both you and your preschooler will love the time you spend together mixing, rolling and getting your hands dirty sharing God’s love with others this Valentine’s Day.