Young children love to make and give valentines. Indulge this delight while helping them learn about Christian love. You will need:

  • Large heart shapes cut from paper (preferably in red, pink or light purple), one for each child (and a few extra in case of rips, etc.)
  • Supplies for decorating the valentines: stickers, markers, glitter glue, bits of ribbons and lace, paper lace doilies, etc.
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Several copies of each of these quotes:

"You learn to love by loving." St.Francis de Sales

"Be not afraid to tell Jesus you love Him." — St. Thérèse of Lisieux

"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God" 1 John 4:7

"Your every act should be done with love." 1 Corinthians 16:14

"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another." — 1 John 4:11

To make the valentines:

Show the children that you have large valentine hearts ready for them to make into cards. Ask each one to think of one person (outside of class) for whom they want to create a very special valentine.

Explain that on one side, they will decorate the card with stickers, ribbons, etc. For the other side, they will get to choose special words about love for this special person. Gather the children around the table and let them begin creating their valentines with the supplies.

As they work, sit down with each child and read the list of quotes. Help the child think about which quote might be the best for their special person. Then help the child attach the quote on the undecorated side of the valentine, and have the child write “to _______ from _________.”

When the glue is dry and the glitter has settled, send the valentines home. Remind the children to ask their special person to read the quote out loud and talk together about the words.

Use these same quotes as a snack time prayer throughout the weeks around Valentine’s Day.

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