Heart of Gold Club

Become a member of The Heart of Gold Club and enjoy a host of activities, cheerful messages, inspirations and aspirations sure to stimulate learning and achievement.

The Heart of Gold Club is designed to grow the imagination and inspire a heart of kindness and giving. Each month we will feature a craft project, kindness challenge, fun recipe, free printable activity, and a downloadable journal page. Our goal is to bring the family together for quality time and also help build creative minds and strong characters within children.

Create keepsakes and cherished memories by joining the Heart of Gold Club! We want to encourage play-time and give kids the tools to develop a desire for giving and sharing with others. With our creative projects and challenges, we hope to inspire children to come up with their own creative ideas to give back and be kind to others.

With love & generosity we will live each day
May kindness be in every word we say
Whether we are young or old may we always have
A Heart of Gold

How It Works

Each month includes:

These projects are designed to get little hands moving and creating so that their imagination can come to life. Each month we will provide instructions on how to create a fun craft that may involve coloring, painting, upcycling, and much more! These projects are also meant to be shared! Whether creating it with a friend or turning it into a gift, our projects will encourage friendship and generosity.

Our tasty monthly recipe is designed to spark the five senses as the child creates something delicious:

  • SEE the recipe and ingredients while learning about following instructions,
  • TOUCH and feel the ingredients as they pour and stir up something yummy,
  • SMELL the wonderful scent of sugar, spice, and everything nice,
  • HEAR the timer buzz as they feel the joy of accomplishing a recipe,
  • TASTE and enjoy the creation they have just made!

A call to action to discover new ways to be generous, kind, and excited about giving back. We have created simple and fun challenges for any child to accomplish and pay it forward.

With our free activities, children are able to print multiple copies so they can share the joy of fun and learning without limitation. With our printables, there will be no such thing as being bored!

The free printable journal page is designed to chronicle your child’s experiences in the Heart of Gold Club. Be sure to save your journal pages to look back and see the growth, creativity, and lessons learned throughout the year.

Scan and email your child’s monthly journal page to be entered to win our end-of-the-year grand prize! (one entry, per child, per month)

Submit your Journal to info@playcreategrow.com
Play.Create.Grow.® reserves the right to use any journal submission on its website and social media pages.

October 2015

Monster Bowling

Happy Halloween Month, Heart of Gold members! We have a spooktacular project that is both crafty and fun to play.

We present to you… Monster Bowling! This is a great way to use recycled tin cans. Create a Frankenstein, Jack-O-Lantern, Mummy, and a few other ghoulish creatures as your bowling pins for this frightfully fun game!


Supplies Needed:

  • 6 – Recycled cans washed and dried
  • Acrylic Paint colors: white, orange, purple, black, dark green, light green, yellow and red. (Tin cans can also be spray painted prior to detailing faces with acrylic paints)
  • 1 wide paint brush
  • 1 detail paint brush
  • Flat sponges
  • Q-tips
  • 1 – Small box 2” gauze
  • Watered-down glue or Mod Podge glue
  • Tin foil
  • Scissors


Paint cans with Acrylic paint and wide paint brush, or use Spray paint for coverage. Let paint dry.

Cut eye shapes out from a sponge and dampen with water. Squeeze sponge to remove excess water. Place acrylic paint color on tinfoil and dab sponge to paint. Apply paint from sponge to tin cans to create you monster eyes.

Detail your monster faces with acrylic paint colors and detail brush. Use Q-tips to dot monster eyes.

For Mummy monster, use watered down glue, and apply gauze around can.

Golden Goose's Kitchen: Graveyard Cake


  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 box German Chocolate cake mix
  • 1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 box powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Sprinkle coconut and nuts in 9” x 13” pan. In a large bowl, prepare cake mix according to package and pour batter over the coconut and nuts. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix remaining ingredients together until well-blended then spoon over unbaked cake. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

Golden Goose’s Suggestions

  • Prepare a day in advance!
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees after baking for another 10 minutes or so.
  • Put foil at the bottom of the oven because the cake may spill over!


Download Recipe Card

No tricks, just treats!

Attention Heart of Gold Members!

Your Kindness Challenge for October is to share a treat with a friend! Whether it’s a piece of the yummy Graveyard Cake or some candy from your trick-or-treat stash, your friend is sure to feel special. Never forget, sharing is always considered to be a wonderful act of kindness.

A BOO-tiful Masterpiece!

A BOO-tiful Masterpiece!

Become the ultimate cake decorator with these spooky cake toppers! Download the FREE pattern and cut and color to make your Graveyard Cake complete.

October Journal Page

After you complete your challenge, be sure to download and print your September Journal Page! Write or draw how you completed your Kindness Challenge.

Don’t forget to have a grown-up help you scan or photograph your journal page and send it to:


This will enter you into our Heart of Gold Sweepstakes for your chance to win all sorts of fun prizes!

October Journal Preview

Download October Journal

Past Challenges

Featured Item

Member Certificate

Download the official Heart of Gold Club member certificate! Download Now
Also download the official
“Heart of Gold Certificate Signed by Santa” Download Now!

Be sure to come back next month! Remember to be kind and always have a heart of gold.