It’s February – the month of love. The month where you can find all kinds of cool Valentine’s Day products in the stores. Chocolates (which I can’t eat anymore), festive red partyware, and the old standby: conversation hearts.
This year Brach’s has come up with a new spin on the old conversation hearts with a product that is new and exclusive to Walmart. Now you can create your own conversation hearts! We created our own and then put them to work in our homeschool!
A box of Create Your Own Conversation Hearts comes with a package of blank conversation hearts and a red pen with edible ink. To make your own hearts, just write your message on the heart with the pen.
As my kids and I sat down to try out this new product, my kids were a bit stumped as to what to write. Then Stargirl was hit with inspiration. 1 Corinthians 13: the love chapter.
We wrote out the main attributes of love, according to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, and then lined up our hearts to help us memorize the passage.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
As we got the words right, we allowed ourselves (at least the kids did) to eat the hearts we had memorized. It didn’t take us long to memorize the passage and eat all the hearts.
On the hearts we had left over, I wrote encouraging words. That afternoon, as Bug was struggling with his homework, yet not complaining, I quietly dropped a heart on his book. It said simply, “Persevere.” Bug looked up and smiled in appreciation. He was still smiling as he once again focused on his homework.
Our family loved the Create Your Own Conversation Hearts kit by Brach’s. Not only did we have fun making the hearts together, but it provided us with the inspiration to memorize some scripture together as a family. And as a homeschooling mom/teacher, I loved how my son’s face lit up when I encouraged him in a personal way with a simple candy heart.
I think I’m going to run out to Walmart to buy a few more Create Your Own Conversation Hearts kits while they’re still available. I love the ability to give my kids a personalized sweet note of encouragement!
If you were to create your own conversation hearts, what would you use them for? Do you have any unique ideas?