We can all remember how stressful and scary it could be as a child heading back for the first day of school. Perhaps you can recall the shaky knees, sweaty palms, and nervous glances you made as you entered the huge building and suddenly found yourself surrounded by hundreds of kids. The first few days of school can be exciting and quite nerve wracking at the same time. For children who may be having a difficult time saying good bye for the day, a Back To School Pocket Heart is the perfect craft.
A Pocket Heart is exactly that, a small heart they can carry in their pocket and squeeze whenever they are having a tough moment or just want to feel some love from home. This craft project is so easy to make, and a fun one to do with all of your little ones before they head back to school. As you will see, you don’t need a great deal of materials or need to spend a lot of money. A Pocket Heart is the perfect back to school craft since it is fun, frugal, and gives kids the little boost they need to get back to school!
Want to make your own? Here’s how:
Supplies Needed for this Back to School Craft:
Embroidery floss or fabric glue
Needle (if opting to use floss)
1. Using a stencil or just going freehand, cut out several heart shapes from your felt.
2. Place two hearts on top of each other.
3. You can either take the needle and floss to do a simple running stitch to attach the two hearts together, or you can use fabric glue. If using fabric glue allow additional time to dry before stuffing.
4. Remember while stitching or gluing to leave an opening to stuff your heart.
5. Now, take your filling and stuff the heart.
6. Sew up the opening or glue is closed.
That’s it! Make one of these Pocket Hearts for each of your little ones so they don’t feel alone on the first few days of school. All they need to do is put the heart in their pocket and give it a loving squeeze whenever they need. Once the heart is no longer needed, these make a great keepsake to give your child one day or their child even!
If you want to extend this craft even further, check out the back to school book, The Kissing Hand, and its sequel Pocket Full of Kisses by Audrey Penn. They are delightful books that explore the nervous feelings children often experience when heading to school. Enjoy!
Written By Katie Femia, DIY & Craft Contributor