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Playful Valentine


Hi Inksters!

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. It’s a day when we take a moment to think about what we love and enjoy — about ourselves, the people dear to us, and the things and experiences we treasure.

This Inkspiration comes from a post I saw about Sew Loved, an art show that ran in New York City a few years ago. For the exhibit, children, parents, grandparents, and teachers submitted soft sculptures that they designed and sewed. The soft sculpture art was then hung on the wall with writing about the pieces.


Sew Loved Soft Sculpture Art Show, NYC, 2012 (Click on the photo for more information about the exhibit)


  • Choose a “soft sculpture” — one of your stuffed animals or other toys — that you treasure. It doesn’t have to be soft, just something that is special to you.
  • Write a Valentine to your toy. Share with your toy your reasons for loving it so much. Perhaps you have wonderful memories of taking this toy on family trips or holding it as you fall asleep. Perhaps it was a gift from a favorite person. Perhaps you love the way it makes you feel secure or comfortable.
  • Decorate your Valentine — draw on it, color it, put stickers on it.


  • Instead of a Valentine, you could also make your toy a character in a story you write.

And for our smallest Inksters…

  • Draw a picture with you and your toy doing something you love to do.

Take a picture of your favorite item and send it, along with your writing or drawing, to us. We’ll post it on the site!

And if you also want to do some heart mapping, check out our Valentine’s Day post from last here: What’s In Your Heart?

Have an Inkspiring Valentine’s Day!


What’s in Your Heart?



Hello Inksters!

Happy Valentine’s Day! As we exchange cards and sweets with classmates and friends, it’s also a great time to think about what we love. To help you think about love, this Inkspiration invites you to map your heart:

  • Gather crayons, markers, stickers, colorful paper, and paints.
  • Draw or paint a large heart on a piece of paper or cardboard.
  • Divide the heart into sections, like you are drawing countries on the heart.
  • In each section or area, write something or someone you love.
  • Make your heart colorful and vibrant.
  • After you have filled your heart, take some time to look at what your heart holds. What and who do you love? What does love feel like, sound like, or look like to you? What do you hold in your heart?
  • Take some time to write what you notice in your Writer’s Notebook. Or to write about one item that you’ve written on your heart. Is there something on your heart that you want to say more about? Or a person on your heart to whom you want to write a letter? Use your heart to lead you to more creativity and more writing.

Here are some wonderful Heart Maps to give you more inkspiration:

Click on this heart for more heart map ideas:


Or print out these hearts and use them to make your Heart Maps:

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We like this heart garland craft from justbellablog.com. Try using this craft to create a different kind of heart map. Write what you love on the slips of paper and then follow the directions to make hearts for the garland:


Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy Writing!