This was such an easy project, but one that is working out really well for our household. The idea is simple. Give more love and attention. The problem with the life of moms is that love is abundant, but attention is often hard to garner. This simple little craft helps moms and kids tap into each other’s needs for attention and gives kids a way to “act out” instead of misbehaving to get what they need. The first time I saw a concept like this was on Ashley Ann’s blog Under the Sycamore (her version HERE). I decided to make my own love tokens and set up our system a little differently. Ready to begin?
The supplies for my love tokens are a little “fancy,” but you could certainly make similar little tokens with basic watercolors and colored pencils. I decided to use these pearlescent paints for a pretty finish.
The final supply you MUST have is this letter punching set. It will set you back $19 or so, but I use this supply ALL the time. (See my baking soda ornaments and clay plant labels!) Well worth paying for this supply that might possibly outlast YOU and be passed on to the grandkids.
- Assorted Wood Circle Cutouts
- Round Metal Tins
- Watercolor Pencils
- Pearlescent Watercolor Paints
- Metal Punching set
- Metallic Markers (optional)
After you have rounded up your supplies, the fun begins! Basically, you will want to identify simple actions that show love to your children. Things you do all the time like giving a hug, saying “I love you” or dancing it out to Miranda Lambert (What? You don’t do that?). Either write in the action with your letter punching tool or use an icon. i.e. the heart below stands for a hug.
Simply draw a shape and loosely color it in.
There are three of each token. Each week, we turn all the love tokens over and play a game like memory to find three that match. Once we find three, the boys grab them and throw them into their tin. Once everybody has one of each, we cap them and put them aside. The boys can use any token any time it is appropriate (i.e. silly minute or dancing crazy during naptime will not work) and once they use that particular love token, it goes in a separate tin until the end of the week. By the end of the week, everybody has put their tokens in our extra, fourth tin and we start all over again.
Our tokens include:
- A heart – hug
- A book – for reading
- A “good for one dance” token
- Silly Minute (They can go wild WITH me for a minute)
- One Game with Mommy
- Storytime Token (not a book, a story from me)
Very simple. Very rewarding. DO IT.
To finish off the tins, I simply wrote the name of each boy on top with a copper Sharpie marker and colored in the edge of the rim in copper to match. You could mod podge paper around the tins, paint them or leave them as-is. This project would also work with a leftover glass pasta jar and scraps of paper. Make it work friends. Make it work.