The book *The Invisible String by Partice Karst* provided a meaningful metaphor for love and connection to a kindergarten art group. The story explains that this invisible string connects us to loved ones near and far. We can be comforted knowing that there are people in the world who love us no matter where we are. During our conversation, we discovered we could also be connected to our pets, to nature and to important people we may have lost. One student commented, "My mom's invisible string is connected to David Bowie!"
What you'll need to create an invisible string valentine:
A glue stick, scissors, pencils, painted paper shapes, large heart shape, small white heart shape, clear tape and a spool of fine gauge fishing line.
I asked each artist to decorate their big hearts with shapes and draw a picture of people or animals with whom they were connected (on the small heart). We taped their drawings to the fishing line and attached them to the back of the big heart to finish the project.
I'm not sure what the artists loved more, telling me about who they were connected to or watching their drawing dangle from the "invisible string."
*there is brief mention of heaven in this book, a concept that may or may not apply to your family. the text can be easily modified*