DIY Home Letter Sign Kids Can Make

DIY painted home letters are a perfect cooperative art project for the entire family!

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Home is the nicest word there is.  
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

When you think of the word home what comes to mind? For me it's the comfort of our house, the feeling of safety that envelopes me there, and the family that fills it with love.

Now think about the word homeless. Your mind may conjure a picture of a person sleeping on the street in a big city. Or someone asking for money at a busy intersection.

You may not think about the child that sits next to yours in kindergarten. But for over 1 million children in public schools that is the reality, according to the National Center for Homeless Education.

Homelessness is a problem that affects every state in our country, and children are especially vulnerable. Children and families can become homeless for many reasons, ranging from job loss to mental illness. Children can also face housing insecurity as part of the foster care system or when parents are incarcerated.

So how do we address this issue with our own children and families? What can we do to help? That is the focus of this month's Family Dinner Book Club as we focus on Homelessness.

This year, our Family Dinner Book Club is centered around helping kids to make a difference. This month, we are exploring homelessness and our featured book is A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning.

With Family Dinner Book Club, my co-hosts and I give you a book list, dinner menu, and a family activity to help spark conversation on the theme of the month. This month, I have a craft that your family can do together while you begin the conversation on home and how to help the homeless.

DIY Painted Home Letters

For our Family Dinner Book Club craft, I wanted to make something that helped our family start the conversation on what home means to us. Making our own painted HOME letters to display was a great way to do this! This is a fun craft the entire family can do together. Here's what you need:

Once you have your supplies, give each person in the family their choice of paint colors, brushes, and a letter to paint.

Letting each person paint a letter allows this to be a cooperative project. You can encourage your kids to paint their letter any way that they want, and be sure to talk about how each person in the family contributes their own special way to making your home unique.

While you're painting, you can also begin the conversation on what it means to have a home and ways that you can help those who don't, like the families featured in our book club books.

Need some inspiration? Here are some simple ways that kids can help the homeless.

Once you are finished painting, allow your letters to dry completely. Once they are dry, you can display them proudly in your home.

Complete Your Family Dinner Book Club Experience

To get the full Family Dinner Book Club experience, head over to Growing Book by Book for the full list of children's books about homelessness, then to Sarah at Chef Sarah Elizabeth for a delicious themed menu.

Be sure to share your Family Dinner Book club photos with us on Facebook! We love to see them.

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