“God loves me,” your preschooler announces. She hands you a pretty heart with little heart stickers all over it. “I made you a card so you would know much I love you too,” she whispers. Valentine’s Day ties easily with the Christian message and allows you to use many common heart items to create activities that would be welcome in any Sunday school kids class.
1. Lessons of Love
The Bible contains many Scriptures about love you can tie into Valentine’s Day activities -- Scriptures such as John 3:16, I John 4:7-21, Luke 10:25-37 or Luke 15:3-7. Focus on two different kinds of love when talking to your toddler or preschool -- the love God has for people and believers have for God, and the love God says people should have for each other. He understands how much you love Him and how much He loves you. You might say, “As much as Mommy loves you, God loves you more! I know you love me and Daddy, but you should love God and other people too.”
Heart-shaped crafts remind your toddler or preschooler that she needs to love God and others. She can decorate hearts with heart-shaped stickers, glitter, acrylic jewels and paint. The hearts might become a precious Valentine’s Day card from your child, a heart mobile created by hearts suspended on yarn from a coat hanger or petals on a flower. She could use heart-shaped cookie cutters to make flour clay ornaments or heart cookies she can decorate to give to family members and friends.
Your child learns various songs in Sunday School that relate to love at Valentine’s Day. He can sing “Jesus Loves Me” or “Jesus Loves the Little Children” at the top of his lungs. You might help him write an original song at home based on “I Love You, You Love Me” or "We Love You, Lord.” Add hand signs to any Christian song about love to make singing the song more enjoyable and keep your little one active.
4. St. Valentine
Valentine’s Day remembers St. Valentine, a martyr in the early days of the church. After hearing about how this physician and priest shared Jesus’ love, your child can exchange cards with other children in the Sunday school class and her teacher. You can take her down to a Christian bookstore to buy cards if she wants to exchange cards that have a Christian message, or she can create her own cards using paper and art supplies.
- Little Hands Art Book; Judy Press
- The Everything Toddler’s Activity Book; Joni Levine
- Bible Gateway: 1 John 4:7-21
- Bible Gateway: Luke 10:25-37
- Bible Gateway: Luke 15:3-7
- DLTK Growing Together: Valentine's Day Background and Sunday School Ideas
- DLTK Growing Together: Valentines and Love
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