Kids can so easily get the wrong impression of what true love is all about. So, we have used Valentine’s Day each year to focus on what God’ Word says about the real meaning of love in 1 Corinthians 13.
Each year I try to come up with a little different way to take the opportunity to teach the kids about what God says love should look like in everyday life.
I Corinthians 13: 4-8 tells us “ Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails”
So, one way to incorporate these traits of love into our Valentines’s Day observance, is with these Rice Krispie Hearts:
First, make traditional Rice Krispie treats and then spread the mixture in a 9″ x 13 ” pan.
Cut out treats with a heart cookie cutter.
Have the children cut hearts from construction paper.
(We backed some of the hearts with larger white hearts, gluing the red and pink ones down to the white hearts.)
Look up 1 Corinthians together and have the kids identify the true traits of love in that verse. Discuss together what these mean or don’t mean. Discuss how Jesus was the perfect example of love and why. Discuss practical they can put these traits of love into practice.
Then, have the children write one of these aspects of love on one of the hearts.
Next, attach each paper heart to the rice krispie treats with a tube of red icing.
And that’s it!
Before enjoying the treats, take a minute together to read what is on each heart.
What a fun and simple way to learn and remember what God teaches us in I Corinthians 13!
(and tasty, too!)