Valentine's Day right around the corner, we wanted to provide you
with some easy, impactful activities that your kids will love.
Love Tambourines (from Seasonal Specials for Children's
for: All ages
Scripture: Psalm 136:1-3
Supplies:Bible; 2 paper plates per child; jingle
bells; small, solid objects such as beads, buttons, or soda tabs;
staplers; hole punches; yarn; markers; scraps of pink, purple, and
red tissue paper; Mod Podge sealer; paintbrushes
Psalm 136:1-3. SAY: This Psalm praises God and thanks him for all
he's done to show his love. We're going to celebrate what God's
done to show love to us. But first, we need some rhythm!
paper plates. Help kids staple around the edges, about one inch
from the edge, leaving a small opening at the top. Pour about a
quarter cup of beads or buttons into each set of plates, and then
help kids staple the hole shut.
Use a hole
punch to make three holes around the edges of the plates, outside
the stapled circles. Have kids tie a piece of yarn through each
hole and attach jingle bells.
kids, draw a large heart on each side of the plate, and have kids
color their hearts with markers. Have older kids draw hearts and
then use a paintbrush to fill in the hearts with Mod Podge sealer.
Let kids arrange scraps of tissue paper on the sealer to create a
stained-glass look. When they're done adding tissue paper, they'll
need to apply another layer of Mod Podge sealer.
stand in a circle. SAY: Now let's make up our own praise
chant like the one in Psalm 136. We'll go around the circle and
each chant one thing we're thankful for. When it's your turn, shake
your tambourine while you share. Then we'll all shake our
tambourines and say, "His faithful love endures forever!"
Go around the circle once; then let kids add additional things.
Loving God, Serving You (from The Giant Book of Games for Children's
for: ages 10-12
Scripture: Philippians 2:3-4; Galatians 6:3
Supplies:Bible, a timer or stopwatch, 10 marbles
for each child (or other small tokens)
child 10 marbles. Allow kids to mingle and talk about the previous
week. Explain the catch: Nobody can say the word "I." Whenever
someone says "I," any listener who hears it gets a marble from that
person. Count marbles after five minutes.
At the end of
the game, say: It's hard not to talk about
ourselves! Read aloud Philippians 2:3-4.
Ask kids to
discuss the following.
was it like to talk to each other without using the word
According to these verses, tell whether you think it's okay to
• Why do
you think God wants us to focus on others rather than
about a friend you care about.
Galatians 6:3. Say: This verse tells us to be humble and
• How can
we show others we care about them?
Forever (from 13 Most Important Bible Lessons for Kids About
Living for Jesus)
for: ages 10-12
Scripture: Romans 8:35, 37-39
Sometimes we ask God to heal someone we love or help us in
school. Sometimes God steps in to fix what's broken or give us a
hand, but he doesn't promise that bad and sad things won't happen
in our lives. No matter what's happening around us, God protects us
in ways we may not see or feel.
why you think bad things still happen to us if God
about a time something bad or sad was happening in your
could sense God's protection.
Congratulations-you're all getting a
are now officially superheroes. The question is: What's your
special superhero power and how will you use it to help people? As
for me, if I could become a superhero, I'd want the power
superpower you'd want and how you'd use it to help others. Then ask
kids to think about the one superpower they'd choose so they could
help others, such as invisibility to do good deeds or ultra
strength to rescue people in danger.
two minutes; then have kids sit in a circle.
Now we'll take turns striking a superhero pose and telling
about your one power and how you'd use it to help others.
Remember-superheroes stand tall with shoulders back, heads up,
capes blowing in the wind.
Go around the
circle letting each child have a chance to talk.
God most likely won't fly in like a superhero to rescue you
when bad things are going on in your life. Instead, we can have
faith in God's promise in the Bible: God always protects us by
working for our ultimate good.
Romans 8:35, 37-39.
Jesus' love is forever and is bigger than anything we'll
ever face. It's even bigger than our death. When we know and follow
Jesus, we can look forward to life forever in heaven with
almost certain we'll run into trouble here on earth. And it can be
hard to understand why. It can be difficult to understand how God
is protecting us when bad things are happening, but he's always
here with us. I love that Jesus protects me in a way no superhero
Ask kids to
all chose cool superpowers so we could protect people. But even our
superpowers can't help everyone all the time. Strike your superhero
poses for me again, please.
Join kids in
a striking a superhero pose.
your superpower is to love everyone no matter what and give anyone
who follows you life forever, stay standing. Otherwise, sit back
for kids to be seated.
we follow Jesus, we can trust in God's protection-forever. Now
let's tell Jesus where we could use his protection in our lives
right now. He may not always take away our troubles, but he always
listens. He always loves us. And he always helps us through our
times of trouble.
Be sure to
last year's Valentine's Day blog, where you'll find even more
ideas! Still looking for more Valentine's Day activities? Check out
Group's Seasonal Specials for Children's
Ministry. I love this book! Not only does it include great
Valentine's Day crafts with meaning, it also equips you with a
Valentine's Day skit, game, song, snack, devotion, and Valentine's
Day-themed outreach. The book features ideas for 12 additional
holidays, so grab it for Valentine's Day and you'll be ready for
the rest of the year!
What are your
plans for celebrating (or avoiding) Valentine's Day in your
ministry? Let us know using the comment section below!