Send a Hug


What could be sweeter than receiving a hug in the mail from a loved one far away? Although we made this craft for Valentine’s Day, you could send your hug any time of year to grandparents or other special people in your child’s life.

Have your child lie down on a large sheet of butcher paper, and trace their torso with arms outstretched as if they’re about to give a hug. Kids will love the tickly feeling of being traced by a crayon or colored pencil!


Now it’s time to fill in the details. Travis didn’t want to draw the face, so I asked him to tell me where the eyes/ears/etc. should go, and filled them in.


He then gave himself a “purple shirt,” even though his purple crayon didn’t land exactly where the torso outline was! Part of the beauty of this project is that it will end up how your toddler wants it to.


Across the top, I wrote to our recipient that the picture was “a hug from Travis.” Now fold it up and send it in the mail to someone you love.

This wasn’t Travis’s favorite of the crafts we put together for Valentine’s Day, but I sure thought the end result was the cutest.

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