Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got “just 18 summers” to create lots of memories with our loved ones.
February is the month of love and because there’s no greater love than God’s we’re going to celebrate it!
What you’ll need:
- Card stock or construction paper. Valentine colors might include red, pink, or white, but any color is fine. You’ll want enough for seven heart-shaped cutouts.
- Black sharpie.
- Child-friendly scissors.
- Twine (approximately 6’).
- Pen and paper.
Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy cutting out heart shapes and answering questions. Depending on their age they may also be able to help string the garland.
I’d Rather Do It Myself, ages 6+: Older children can help punch holes, answer questions, and write words on the heart cutouts. They’ll also enjoy stringing the garland.
1 hour, including time for conversation.
- Cut out seven hearts. You’ll want them to be large enough for 3-5 words, approximately 3-5” wide.
- Discuss Scripture references. (See below.)
- Write on the hearts.
- Punch two holes at the top of the heart.
- Weave the twine through the holes, leaving 12” on either side for hanging.
Dig Deeper (Some questions you can discuss wth your children):
- God’s love is revealed from Genesis to the book of Revelation. Let’s talk about some specific ways we see this for ourselves.
- Ask, “What are some ways we see God’s love for us in the Bible?” Allow a few minutes for discussion. Make a list on a sheet of paper. From this list, choose your favorite seven. Read them aloud. (See “Extra” below for ideas.)
- “Why seven?” they might ask. The number seven is the biblical number for completion and perfection. Because God’s love is complete and perfect (unlike ours) we celebrate His love with seven hearts.
- Condense each verse down to a few words to make it more personal. Write your words and verse on each heart.
- Punch two holes at the top of the heart. Weave the twine through the holes, leaving space on each end for hanging across the mantle or window.
Some ways God loves us (read Scripture):
John 3:16 – God gave his one and only Son, Jesus.
Psalm 19:1 – God gave us beauty in nature.
1 John 4:9,10 – God loved me first, before I was even born.
1 John 3:1 – God calls us His children.
Psalm 139:14 – God made me…wonderfully!
Romans 8:38-39 – Nothing can separate me from God’s love.
Zephaniah 3:17 – God sings over me.
By: Visit Cathy Baker at Cultivating Creativity: www.cathybaker.org.
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