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Fingerprints on our Hearts — Healing Heart Activity | Home Edition

Valentine's Day can be tough when you're grieving no matter your age. With this day of love just around the corner, Erin's House wanted to provide an easy activity to do with kiddos to acknowledge and embrace the fingerprints that our loved ones have left on our hearts.

Fingerprints on our Heart
"Once someone touches your heart, the fingerprints last forever."

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup table salt

  • 6 tablespoons warm water

  • Mixing bowl

  • Rolling pin

  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter or butter knife

  • Straw or toothpick (optional, to hang your ornament)

  • Baking sheet

  • Paint or markers (optional, for decorating)

  • Ribbon or string (optional, to hang your ornament)

1.) Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

2.) Add flour, salt, and water to mixing bowl. Use your hands to knead the ingredients together until a thick, firm dough forms.

3.) Roll out the dough on a flat surface until it is approximately ¼ inch thick. Cut out hearts in the dough using a cookie cutter or a butter knife. Press your thumbs into the hearts to create a heart-shaped indentation. Poke a small hole using a straw or toothpick if you would like to add ribbon for hanging.

4.) Place your hearts onto a lined cookie sheet and bake in the oven for one hour or until thoroughly baked. You will want to flip the ornaments over halfway through to bake both sides.

5.) After the hearts are finished baking, let them cool before decorating. When cool to the touch, get creative using paint and/or markers. Add a ribbon or string if you would like to hang your heart ornament somewhere you will see it every day as a reminder of the fingerprints your loved one left on your heart ❤

Talking Points:

  • I wonder what is the most memorable thing that you remember about our person?

  • Can you think of someone’s heart that you have left a “fingerprint” on? I'm wondering how did you help them?

  • If we could do anything right now that our family loves to do, what would it be and why?

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