God’s Eternal Love
What Kids Will Do: Make stuffed pet doves to
What Kids Will Need: 9×12-inch pieces of white
felt, fiberfill, wiggly eyes, lowtemp glue gun, scissors. poster
board. pencils, glitter glue pen.
Preparation Place: Use the dove shape (found in
the margin) to draw and cut out a few dove patterns onto poster
board for kids to use as a tracing pattern. The dove should be made
large enough so that two will fit onto the white felt.
Bible Point: God loves us!
1. With a pencil, trace the dove outline twice
onto the white piece of felt. Then cut out the doves.
2. On one dove, make a thick line of glue all
along the edges except for a 3-inch spot to allow room for
stuffing. Next lay the other dove over the glued dove, matching
edges, and press firmly.
3. Glue one wiggly eye on each side of the
4. After the two doves are secured together,
carefully push stuffing inside the dove, being sure not to tear the
two pieces apart. Be sure the stuffing is spread evenly and reaches
inside the tips of the feathers and beak. When you’re finished,
glue the hole shut. Use a glitter glue pen to make a line for the
dove’s wing. Let it dry for about ten minutes, then you can make a
wing on the other side of the dove if you wish.
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Tying It Together
Have kids join you in a circle on the floor with their doves.
Read the Bible verse. Then ask:
- What words do you use to tell someone you care for them?
- Have you ever felt so much love for something that you just
wanted hug it and not let go? Tell the friend next to you about
- Can you describe in your own words how much God loves you?
Say: A dove symbolizes love and peace. Put that
together with the freshness, new-ness, and loveliness of
springtime, and you get a picture of God’s love for us. God wants
to love us with all the emotions and feelings we may feel toward
our parents or a special pet or toy. Like you hug and cuddle your
new Lovey-Dovey Dove, let God love you and hold you in the palm of
his hand. God loves us!
WOWS That Work
Allow kids to add wing decorations with markers or glitter glue.
Then sew a string through the top of each Lovey-Dovey to hang from
the ceiling. It will be a constant reminder of God’s love and
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