Valentine's Day brings to mind red-heart boxes of candy, stuffed animals and rose bouquets. The origins of Valentine's Day are often overlooked but have Christian roots. The holiday is named after a Christian priest named St. Valentine. The love theme associated with Valentine's Day also translates well to the Sunday School curriculum.
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Paper hearts offer a simple Valentine craft for any setting. Make the heart from construction paper, as large or small as desired. To add a religious theme, have the kids write whey they love Jesus on the Valentine heart. Another option is to write a Bible verse on the heart that relates to love, such as John 3:16. The kids add decoration to the hearts with glitter, sequins, ribbon and other craft supplies.
Add the Valentine theme to angel crafts by using hearts to make up the body. Construction paper, felt or craft foam all work well to create the heart angels. Each angel needs a large heart for the body, two medium hearts for the wings and a small heart for the head. Turn the large heart upside down to form the body. Glue the small heart to it for the head. Glue the two medium wings to the back of the heart body sideways. The two bumps on the top of the hearts create the wings. Children can add facial features, string hair and any other embellishments desired to the heart angels.
Love Ball Toss
This Sunday School game focuses on love, making it ideal for Valentine's Day. Divide the class into two teams. Give the teams about five minutes to talk about the people they love. Parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends will most typically come up in this discussion. Allow the teams another five minutes to discuss how they can show these people that they love them. This might include hugs, saying "I love you," obeying parents, reading to a younger sibling or drawing a picture for the person. Encourage them to be creative and think of as many ideas as possible. While creativity counts, the ideas should also be things the kids could actually do. The teams line up facing one another about 5 to 10 feet apart. Toss a softball to one player. He shares a way a person can show his love for others. He then tosses the ball to a player on the other team, who shares one of her team's ideas. The kids toss the ball back and forth, sharing their ideas. The teams get a point for each distinct idea. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Word scrambles offer a quiet game idea for a Sunday School class. Choose several Bible verses or religious songs that relate to love. Scramble the words in each verse or song title. The kids unscramble the words to construct the Bible verses and song titles. Set a time limit on this activity to add a competitive tone. Award a small bag of Valentine candy or another treat to the kids as they complete the word scramble.
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