Love. It is the foundation of life. When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, he responded “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is exactly like it: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments” – Matthew 22:36-40. Teaching kids about love, therefore, is the greatest gift we can give them. Love is what will make the most difference not only in the lives of your kids but on their impact on our world. Let’s get to it and be more intentional about teaching our kids to love. I want to give you some resources to help make it a priority in your family.
New to my Character Development Series?
If you are new to my character development series, let me tell you a little bit more about these lessons. If you check out my character development tab, you will discover 52 character traits we work on throughout the year, which equals one word per week to focus on with your kids. Hovering over the tab will reveal all of the words. Each character trait has 7-9 lessons, so if you wanted to work on character daily, this can be an amazing resource. This year, I want to focus on cleaning up my series by presenting the lessons to you be compiling all of my lessons on a particular week, this week focusing on respect. In this series, you will find a word, definition, scripture to memorize, book lists and a number of activities and crafts related to the topic. I have also included links to other bloggers who have lessons on the trait. I hope you are inspired to work on character with your kids because being intentional in your parenting will help give great direction to both you and your children.
Lessons that Teach Love by Meaningful Mama
It’s hard to summarize love with a bunch of lessons. Love needs to be lived out in your daily life for kids to understand it more thoroughly. That said, I believe when we take time with our kids to teach with purpose and meaning, it adds more depth to the traits we are trying to demonstrate in our actions.
*Note: I normally line my week long lesson in love with Valentine’s day so I can teach the truth behind love. Some of these crafts and activities have a Valentine theme.
- Word Ring Establishing Definition and Scripture to Memorize
- Love “I Will” Statements
- Love Scavenger Hunt
- For God So Loved the World Valentine Craft
- Love is Patient DIY Heart Garland
- Teaching Kids About the 5 Love Languages
- Heart Peacock Craft Teaches 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
- Kid Books About Love
Love Lessons from Other Sources on the Web
- God is Love: A Lesson Plan for Preschoolers by Ministry to Children
- Be Nice to Your Rice Experiment about Love by Cranberry Corner
- Object Lesson About Spreading God’s Love by Creative Bible Study
- Love Overflowing with Elephant’s Toothpaste by Scripture Lady
- God is Love Window Art by The Macs
- Love is… Craft Ideas at Danielle’s Place
- Greatest Commandment Bible Craft by Christian Preschool Printables
- Teaching Young Children About the Love of God by Live Called
- 10 Bible-Based Valentine Activities by Christianity Cove
- John 3:16 Craft by Brimful Curiosities
I hope you feel well-equipped to teach your kids about the topic of love. We all need to understand not only how we are loved but also how we can best love others. Blessings on your pursuit to teach these lessons to your kiddos.
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