Children love Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t? But finding new ways to celebrate the day of hearts isn’t always easy. Try these fun-filled songs, games, crafts and snacks to make Valentine’s Day a day children will remember!
- Have children guess how many marshmallow hearts are in one box of Lucky Charms and record their guesses. After they guess, put three empty bowls on a table: one for marshmallow hearts, one for other marshmallow objects and the other for dry cereal. Give children a scoop of Lucky Charms and have them sort the cereal, putting the correct objects in the correct bowl. Then count the number of hearts.
- Spell out Bible verses about love, using Alpha-Bits cereal. For example, use Psalm 116:1a; Proverbs 3:3a; Jeremiah 31:3; 1 Corinthians 16:14; and 1 John 4:7.
- Sing this song to the tune of “The Muffin Man”. Isn’t it great that God loves you? That God loves you? That God loves you? Isn’t it great that God loves you and that we love each other?”
- For treats, cut hearts out of bread with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Top heart cut-outs with strawberry jam.
- Have children sing this song to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” First verse: “Do you know that you are loved? You are loved. You are loved. Do you know that you are loved? That Jesus loves you so?” Second verse: “Do you know that I love you? I love you. I love you. Do you know that I love you, on each and every day?”
- Make Valentine cards, using construction paper, glue, glitter and markers. Have children make the cards for your church shut-ins, sick and hospitalized church members, the pastor or the church custodian. Then have the children deliver the Valentines to the appropriate people.
- Make a large heart wall-hanging with red string licorice. Have children tie the licorice pieces together and then glue the licorice in the shape of a heart on a piece of butcher paper.