I want to work to encourage creativity and art in our home. I also want to teach my kids to be encouragers of their siblings. Fostering relationships through creative card making and back-to-school treats is a fun activity for kids of all ages. You might be surprised that teaching kids how to draw a cow for a lunch box note is easier than it first appears. My four year old son was even able to draw his own cow by following some simple steps. I used the Horizon Organics’ cow as our inspiration for these fun cards that allow you to tell someone, “I love you way up to the moooon and back.” My kids love the Horizon Organics snacks, and the Cinnamon Snack Grahams that I’m featuring today are among their favorites. You also might enjoy seeing how we used Horizon snacks for a great bug counting activity and our cow flipping fun.
One of the phrases I say to my kids almost every day is, “I love you way up to the moon and back, forever and always, no matter what.” This quote and our snacks inspired this back-to-school card making idea. The concept is that my daughter would create a card to slip into her sister’s lunch along with a special pack of cinnamon snack grahams. Helping kids find ways to surprise their siblings in an intentional way only builds into that relationship.
Teaching Kids How to Draw a Cow
Drawing with kids can happen in a couple different ways. I like to encourage my kids to spend time creating organically where they are not trying to copy anything. They use their own imagination to come up with unique art. I also see the benefit of teaching kids to learn to copy. When teaching kids to draw using this method, an adult can break down the drawing into smaller pieces so kids can really learn how simple shapes and lines begin to come together to make the overall image. Kids can experience success quickly so they no longer have the attitude, “I can’t draw that.” My 6 year old daughter felt so accomplished as she created her own adorable cow. I’m going to break it down for you so you may also achieve success. I’ve created a YouTube video so you and your kids can follow along the simple steps to creating an adorable cow for your card.
How to Create an “I Love You to the Moon and Back” Lunch Box Note
Hopefully you followed my YouTube Instructions and now have a fabulous cow for your lunch box note. I will walk you through the next steps to completing the encouraging note for your kids. Although I’m promoting this as a lunch box note, this could of course be a card and a snack pack used for a variety of occasions.
- Draw your cow using my YouTube video and then color the cow using peach, yellow and black. If you didn’t want to have your kids try and draw the cow, I made this cow printable for you.
- Cut out the cow leaving a slight boarder around the edge.
- Glue the cow to a dark colored (black or dark blue) card stock paper.
- Print out my “I love you way up to the moooooon and back” printable. Glue that to the card.
- Cut a sponge into a small circle.
- Use a cream or grey colored paint to stamp out the moon with your sponge onto the corner of your card.
- Add start stickers to the card.
- Glue or double stick tape a piece of paper into the center of the card as a place to write.
- Help your child write a sweet note to their sibling.
Once the card is complete, bag up some Horizon Organics snacks and add a ribbon. Stick the note and snack into your child’s lunch as a sweet and loving surprise. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile and promotes sibling relationships.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.