Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to teach a Bible lesson on Christian love with easy crafts for elementary school children. Following basic instructions and using inexpensive art materials, you can make these Valentine's Day crafts with your Sunday school class at church or at home with your own children.
Bookmarks are an easy craft that can be adapted for any occasion, including Valentine's. Select a Bible verse about love for the children to learn and include on their bookmarks. TeacherHelp.org recommends "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you" from John 15:12. Have children cut out their bookmarks from construction paper and then decorate the bookmarks with glitter and stickers, and write the verse in marker. Punch a hole through the top of the bookmark and tie a loop of yarn for a tassel.
A noodle necklace craft, found on Danielle'sPlace.com helps exemplify Valentine's Day lessons about sharing and loving thy neighbor. Prep by coloring the day before the craft. Mix pasta with two tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and three drops of food coloring in a bowl. After the pasta is colored, let it dry on a paper towel overnight. Help children string the pasta onto yarn to make necklaces or bracelets. Tie the ends of the yarn together to secure. Have each child make one necklace for himself and one to give to a "neighbor" or friend.
Love Is Hearts
Focus your Valentine's lesson on the true meaning of love with a "Love Is..." craft using 1 Corinthians: 13. After reading it, have children cut different-sized hearts from an array of colored construction paper. Children fill in each heart with a description of love from 1 Corinthians 13 (patient, kind, always protects, not boastful etc.) Then have the children glue their hearts onto a piece of paper with "1 Corinthians 13" written in the center or they can glue the hearts into a card made from folded construction paper.
Pop Up Card
Make the message of God's love "pop" with a fun pop up card. Children can make this craft with the free pattern and instructions from MakingFriends.com, located in the resources. Give your students a Bible verse or message of Christian love to write in their card, made from construction paper. Then help children create the heart that pops out when the card is opened. MakingFriends.com uses wiggly eyes and pipe cleaner for the heart's face, but these features can be drawn on or created from cut construction paper.
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