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.

September 2015

Thankfulness Wreath

Welcome to September, Heart of Gold members! We have the perfect craft this month to inspire your creativity and show off your appreciation for your most favorite things.

Make this Thankfulness Wreath to give as a gift or to hang up as a reminder of the many reasons to count your blessings. No matter the color of the leaves or the types of things you write, your Thankfulness Wreath is sure to be special!

Play.Create.Grow.® loves teamwork; try working with a sibling, friend, or the whole family, taking turns deciding what will go on each leaf!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 – 14” grapevine wreath
  • 1 of each – 8 ½” x 11” yellow, orange, and light brown card stock or construction paper
  • Approximately 30 silk leaves in a variety of shapes and sizes. (You can also use leaves
  • from your yard!)
  • 12 – small pine cones
  • 2 yards 1 ½” fall colored wired ribbon
  • 1 – brown pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Aleene’s® Tacky Glue
  • Black permanent marker
  • 1 – leaf pattern sheet


Make a bow using the fall ribbon. Tie with the pipe cleaner and attach to your wreath.

Cut leaves using your leaf pattern sheet.

With a permanent marker, write down what you are most thankful for or your thoughts

on kindness. Glue leaves evenly around your grapevine wreath and a couple inside

your bow.

Glue silk leaves around your paper leaves.

Glue pinecones around your wreath next to your leaves.

Download Leaf Pattern

Golden Goose’s Kitchen: Caramel Corn


  • 1 cup popcorn kernels
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup white Karo syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp white vinegar
  • 3 cubes butter or margarine


Pop popcorn and keep warm. Combine water, sugars, syrup, salt, and vinegar in a

large sauce pan. Cook over medium-high heat until you reach 260 degrees on your

candy thermometer. Reduce heat to low and add your butter. Mix well and let cool

before eating!

Golden Goose’s Suggestions:

Purchase a candy thermometer if you don’t already have one to make sure your

caramel corn is just right!

This recipe stays a little gooey; have fun and turn this recipe into popcorn balls!

Don’t forget to download your Golden Goose Kitchen recipe card!

Download Recipe Card

Give a helping hand!

Attention Heart of Gold Members!

It is time for all of us to gather together and spread some kindness around the world! As you can see, your Kindness Challenge for September is: “Give a helping hand!”

Here are some fun ideas to help you accomplish this month’s challenge:

  • Rake leaves in your yard or a neighbor’s yard. See how high you can make the leaf pile!
  • Help a sibling or a friend clean their room. Make it fun, and turn into a game! Time yourself and see how fast of a picker-upper you are!
  • Wash the dishes. Turn on your favorite music and have a soapy dance party!

This is just the beginning! Use your imagination to come up with other creative ways you can give a helping hand. Don’t forget to write or draw about your challenge on your journal page, and tell us all about it!

BeLEAF in kindness!

Take an adventure outdoors to find a leaf! Once you find your leaf, place it under the activity sheet in the middle of the leaf outline.

September Activity Preview

Holding a crayon (with the paper peeled off) horizontally, rub the top of the paper above the leaf back and forth to create an unbeLEAFable masterpiece!

Download Leaf Activity

September 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:



sept journal image

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

Download September 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.