Box of Love

A box of love made by children at day care

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to develop a positive relationship with family members and others.

Materials Needed:

  • A shoebox or similar shaped box.
  • Paper
  • Family photos
  • Glue
  • Markers, pencils, or crayons

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Watch “Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch” by Eileen Spinelli and Paul Yalowitz (read by Hector Elizondo) at Storyline Online. Talk about the story. How did Mr Hatch change? How did people respond?
  2. Cut heart shapes from the paper.
  3. Use some of the hearts and the family photos to decorate the outside of the shoebox.
  4. Write notes each morning to each family member expressing appreciation for something. Read the notes together over dinner.
  5. Take pictures of your creations. Draw signs and labels for the buildings or help your child narrate and write a story about them.

Extensions: Send notes or email to friends and extended family. Think about someone in your neighborhood, who, like Mr Hatch, might need an extra dose of love. What can you do for that person?

Bright Horizons
About the Author
Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons
In 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. On-site centers became one way we responded to help employees – and organizations -- work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that power many of the world's best brands
A box of love made by children at day care