Heart Paper Chain Teaches About Respect

“‘Honor your father and mother’ — which is the first commandment with a promise–‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'” 
– Ephesians 6:2-3
* Paper Cutter
* Pink & Red Paper – cut to 1″x5″
* Pen
* Stapler
I’ve seen these heart chains on the internet in a few places.  Easy, simple, and I’ve wanted an excuse to make them.  I am saving most of Valentine’s day ideas for next week, but I thought these chains would be a cute way to have the kids reflect on all the ways that we can be respectful. Initially, I had the kids come up with their own ideas of how to be respectful.  After they did it on their own, I re-read the book “Respect” I mentioned from our trip to the library the other day.  As I was reading, I had them listen for ways to respect others, and I wrote them down on the strips of paper.  The kids came up with the following list:  open the door for someone, let the others get their food first, let someone have your chair, say ‘thank you’ and ‘please,’ take good care of things, be thoughtful, speak politely, let other people go first, be fair, make things easier for people, sharing, keep your home clean and tidy, be kind, be on time, throw garbage away, knock before opening a door, clap for someone, don’t interrupt, and listen to people.  Good list.  
After writing down all of our respect ideas, we began making the chain.  This is easier explained by just looking at a pictures up close.
If you have a hard time visualizing how this is coming together, there is a better tutorial on this website.  


  1. says

    What a wonderful idea!! Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday! Have a wonderful week and we look forward to you sharing with us again next week.


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