Do you need a quick, no setup, Valentine’s Day kid’s activity this week? Tell your kids your love story! Kids are often curious about how you fell in love, met, married and created them! A great Valentine’s Day Gift for Him or Her or Them.
Telling the Family Love Story
This Valentine’s Day kid’s activity is simple yet powerful. How do we know who we are except by the stories we tell ourselves. The Bible itself is full of family love stories. For Valentine’s Day kid’s fun, tell your love story. Break out the photo albums and let the kiddos see what real love looks like in your family. (Struggling to find your love story drop down to the section on Not Singles Awareness Day.)
Valentine’s Day Kid’s Activity
For Little Ones
If your kiddos are little guys give them a story about how you meet each other. What did you think when you met your spouse for the first time. What did you say to each other? Were you friends first? Tell them a funny story about your courtship. Pictures are great for all kids activities but especially this group. Show off your younger self to these little ones in photos!
Ask them what they think love means. Be prepared for some awesome answers! Give them a chance to tell a story about what they think Valentine’s Day is about; this age loves stories.
Next share with them some details about how you and your spouse met. This time, instead of telling the whole story like you would to a young child, make it more of a fill in the blank. After you tell a section look at them and say “and then what do you think happened?”
Be sure you share as many “silly” details as possible!
Here is where it gets really fun. Again, share a little bit of your story and let them ask questions. You can talk about meeting, dating and deciding to marry. What did you like about each other on your first Valentine’s Day? What do you like about each other now?
If you are really brave, start a conversation about Valentine’s Days when you were a tween/teen. Let them ask questions about what it was like. Did it make you happy, sad, mad, curious? Or, as my husband said, “did it become Singles Awareness Day”. Maybe they will let you speak into their hearts about a deeper love than paper hearts and chocolate. Who knows you might get to share some dating tips and Godly values.
Not Singles Awareness Day
You may be looking at this thinking, my spouse and I are divorced/separated/not getting along, etc. Maybe at this time, you have nothing loving to say about the other person who helped create your children.
Let me pose a challenge to you–“A Love Dare!”
Instead of being stuck in frustration or self-pity over what should have, could have been a hearts and flowers day, spend time loving on those gifts of God, those children of yours. Tell them stories of the great love you have for them. Then tell them about the Greatest Love.
Talk about Jesus
What? Yes, talk about the greatest love of all. The one that will always love them no matter what. The unconditional love that gives them the courage to love.
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult. Zephaniah 3:17
Break it down for them.
You are never alone.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
As my husband mentioned, all this romantic love makes those without an “earthly” partner feel left out. Give your children the gift of knowing that a deeper stronger love surrounds them all the time. A love that will never leave them, ever.
You are worthy of love.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7
To become an heir in a family all you have to do is be born. Done, check that off the list. When you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior you are immediately adopted into the family of Christ. You are worthy because of HIs gift, an adopted heir, a person of value.
Nothing you can do can shake God’s love for you.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.