Valentine's Day is the perfect day to talk about love. The Bible is full of references about love and it's important to reinforce the idea that children can always count on God to love them unconditionally. Love is a central part of the Bible's teachings and the message that God is love should be repeated throughout the lesson. If you're a parent helping out in your child's Sunday School class, incorporate Valentine's Day activities into the lesson to keep kids busy and having fun.
This is a fun and easy craft for younger children. All you need is colored construction paper, scissors, glue and crayons or scrap paper and material. For each angel, you'll need one large heart for the body, two smaller hearts for the wings and a circle for the head. Turn the larger heart upside down to make the angel's body. Glue the head on the point at the top and paste each wing on the side. Have each child color the angel or glue colorful scraps and add glitter. Older kids may decorate with Biblical quotes about love.
The We Love Game
This physical activity involves John 4:19 ("We love because he first loved us") and can help excited kids burn some energy. On one piece of heavy paper or card board, write "We love because..." and on a second piece write "...He first loved us." Put the first half on a classroom wall and then hang the other half of the quote on the wall across from it. Have the kids help you clear the space between the quotes. Divide the class in half and send each half to a part of the quote. Make sure they are touching the wall. Have the kids located at the first part loudly say their quote and then have the other kids respond with their half. Then they must quickly run and change sides. Keep repeating. If you need to calm the game down, have them try hopping or walking backwards when they change sides.
Angel Messages in a Jar
Have the kids draw a small angel on a piece of paper or provide them with a preprinted angel they can color. Have each child find a quote about angels or love that inspires her and have her write it on the angel message. Be sure that each child signs her name so you'll know whose quote it is. Aim for 52 messages, one per week. You can randomly pick one each week and have the child read theirs out to the class. Alternatively, you may have one child read a quote in front of the entire congregation each Sunday.
The Mouth Speaketh Craft
This craft focuses on Matthew 12:34, "O Generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." You'll need red or pink construction paper, glitter, stickers, four large craft sticks per child, white paper for the speaking blurb, scissors, tape and pens or pencils. Have each child cut out a large heart and decorate it with a face. The kids can use craft sticks as arms and legs. When they are finished, have them write the last part of Matthew 12:34 "...out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" on the white paper and tape it to the mouth. While working, encourage the students to discuss the quote and what they think it means. See if they can come up with examples.