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Hearts & Crafts with The Haven


Meet Deanna Lavery, our Child and Family Resilience Coordinator, whose role is to tend to the hearts of parents, youth, and children in the community by providing opportunities to play and build social emotional skills!

When not in a pandemic, Deanna facilitated a kid's group at our shelter. She missed it so much--this YouTube Show is filling that need until we can do groups again! This show is designed for kiddos and their adults to do together! So gather the materials listed in each video, and play!

Check out Hearts & Crafts with The Haven on YouTube!

If you do a craft along with us, be sure to tag it #havenheartsandcrafts on social media!

Episode 1: Five Little Pumpkins


  • Popsicle Sticks

  • Pencils

  • Tape

  • Glue

  • Black construction paper (or any color!)

  • White Crayon

  • Markers/Crayons

  • Scissors


Source: JDaniel4's Mom

Info about Toxic Stress, Trauma, & Resilience

Info about Mindfulness

Episode 2: Grateful, Gaudy, Gourd!


  • Paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Cup of Water

  • Real or Styrofoam
     pumpkin--you could even cut out a paper pumpkin!

  • Gold or Silver Sharpie!

Source: Mindful Kids: 50 Mindfulness Activities for Kindness, Focus, and Calm

More on gratitude...


Gratitude and Mindfulness

Gratitude, Mindfulness, and Schools

Gratitude Books

More free, creative Gratitude Activities

Episode 3: Ahhh, Hot Chocolate! 


  • Paper

  • Pen

  • Scissors

  • Felt Marker 

  • Ribbon 

Episode 4: Mindful Mirror


  • Aluminum foil

  • Cardboard

  • Glue

  • Markers

  • Scissors

  • Items to Decorate Your Mirror

Episode 5: Making Bird Feeders!


  • Birdseed

  • Plain Cheerios

  • Peanut Butter (or another nut butter if you can’t have peanuts!)

  • Scissors

  • Paper towels

  • Knife/Spreader

Source: Creating Creatives

Episode 6: Dinosaur Puppets


  • Glue

  • Brown Paper Lunch Bag

  • Printout

  • Feathers, Buttons, Decorations

Source: Paging Super Mom

Episode 7: Your Most Comfortable Place


  • Sidewalk Chalk

  • A Sidewalk (somewhere that it’s ok to beautify!)

  • Your Imagination

Episode 8: You Are A Superhero!


  • Cardboard from an old cereal box

  • Glitter/Markers/Old Magazines/anything to decorate!

  • Scissors

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Popsicle stick

  • Pencil

  • Tape

  • Things out in nature like leaves or flowers!

  • Creativity

Episode 9: New Year's Wishing Wands


  • Pencil/Stick/Popsicle Stick/anything works!

  • Pipe Cleaners

  • Markers

  • Glue

  • Sequins

  • Glitter

  • Ribbons

  • Paper to cut a star out and glue at the end

Episode 10: Peaceful Place Snow Globe


  • Crayons

  • Black paper

Episode 11: Thinking (Snow) Cap!


  • Paper 

  • Fun poof balls

  • Snowflakes

  • Puff paint

  • Crayons/markers

No person deserves to be abused.

Everyone deserves healthy relationships.

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