The kids were so excited they were literally bouncing off the walls!
I needed to channel all that excess energy in a way that would let them focus on their Daddy coming home.
I decided it was time to make the posters.
I searched the Internet for ideas. Pinterest. Military sites. I tried every kind of search keyword combination I could think of. I found a lot of generic stuff.
"We love you"
"We missed you"
I found a few that were suggestive and not really something a child would say to their dad. I was getting frustrated.
My husband would be home shortly after Valentine's Day. As I looked at all the silly little cards my kids gave and received for Valentine's Day I got a few ideas. I realized that the message of the posters was that the kids loved and missed their Daddy. I also realized that some of the kids had short attention spans. I was delighted to find a way of keeping them engaged in the project.
Here are the ideas we used.
|This is a picture of a good memory he had with his Dad.|
|This was going to say "You are the best Daddy in the world" but she forgot so we left it the way it is.|
|This has transformers that my son chose and colored himself. It says "My hero is more than meets the eye!"|
|This one just says "I love you" with a picture of her and Daddy...and lots of hearts!|
|"Daddy, I care-a-lot about you!" with Carebears she chose and glued onto the poster.|
|"My hero doesn't wear a mask". He chose and colored his other favorite superheros and drew a picture of himself and Daddy as superheros.|
I realized that making a memorable, meaningful poster doesn't have to be fancy. It doens't require a lot of skill either. Just a little thought and some creativity.