This Valentine’s day, make an adorable heart shape activity to keep the kiddos engaged. Preschool kids will learn how to color match, fit shapes, and most of all, the true definition of Love according to 1 Corinthians 13.
One of the things I really love doing with my toddler is to memorize Bible verses together. It teaches him God’s word and it also helps us adults to meditate and hide God’s word in our hearts.
I’m constantly amazed by the way toddlers absorb bible verses with such ease! There’s been so many times where my husband and I go “uhh…how does this verse go?” and our toddler will seamlessly continue the verse for us!
With Valentine’s day just around the corner, I wanted to create a fun biblical activity on love that would helps us to memorize God’s word together. And what better verse than 1 Corinthians 13:4-6!
For this 1 Corinthians 13 children’s activity, preschoolers will learn to match colored hearts. While they may not be able to read the text yet, they will learn to recognize the text appears on the heart shapes and match it to the correct slot on the giant heart board.
Once you finish putting all the heart shapes in their correct slots, this heart shaped activity also looks great as a decor. If you would like to hang it, just add a piece of ribbon at the top of the giant heart. I think I will be hanging this cute activity on my front door this year!
What Do I need to make this Heart Shape Activity?
For this fun Kid’s Bible Activity on love, you will need the following:
- HEART SHAPE ACTIVITY Free Printable (Available in my FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY)
- Glue stick – Alternatively, print the printable on sticker paper instead
- Utility Knife
- Glue Gun
- Craft Scissors
- Toilet Paper rolls (x3)
- Thin Cardboard – cereal box works great here
- Heavyweight Cardboard – try to find something that’s thicker as this will create more depth for the heart shapes to fit into
- Red Spray paint – Regular paint works too but spray paint is much faster. I used Liquitex Professional Spray Paint in Cadmium Red.
- 3/4”wide ribbon (optional, if you want to make a hanging tab)
- Mod Podge in Gloss (optional but highly recommended) – gives the washing machine a nice finish and protects it from grubby hands!
How to Make Valentine’s Day Craft for Preschoolers: Step-by-Step
First, stick the printable with the little hearts on a piece of thin cardboard and cut them out. Next, stick the colored rectangular strip printable on toilet paper rolls and cut each of the colored roll. Finally, shape the toilet paper rolls into heart shapes and glue it to the cardboard hearts.
To create the giant heart, you will need two pieces of cardboard (preferably thick). The top cardboard piece will have heart shape cut outs and be painted red. The bottom cardboard piece will have the colored text boxes glued to it. Once you attach the two cardboard pieces together, you will have a board with slots to fit the heart shaped toilet paper rolls.
Follow along the step-by-step photo tutorial below if you want to see how it’s visually made!
First, glue/stick the hearts printable onto a cereal box (or firm card stock) and cut it out. Alternatively, print the hearts on card stock.
Second, stick the printable onto a toilet paper roll. The printable won’t cover the entire toilet roll and that’s ok.
Next, use a utility knife to cut out the different colored toilet paper rings.
How to Make Heart Shape Toilet Paper Roll
First make a fold at the junction of the printable (LEFT), then make a fold on the exact opposite side of the toilet roll (RIGHT).
Second, pinch the toilet roll right on both sides. Then use your index finger on the left to push the roll in to form a heart shape
Third, apply glue to the heart shape roll and glue the same colored heart over.
Front, top and back view of heart shape
Repeat to make all the 3D heart shapes.
Making Giant Cardboard Heart
First, place all the heart shapes on a piece of thick cardboard in this order: Patient, Kind, Does not Envy, Does not boast, Not arrogant, Not rude, Does not insist on its own way, Not Irritable, Not resentful, Does not rejoice at wrongdoing, Rejoices with the truth.
LEFT: Draw a giant heart on the cardboard around the sweetheart shapes.
RIGHT: Trace each of the small heart shapes onto the cardboard.
Second, cut out each of the small hearts with a utility knife. Then cut out the giant heart shape, trace it on a second piece of cardboard, and cut it out as well.
Third, trace the small heart shapes on the Top Cardboard Heart. This is to help you know where to stick the square printable on.
Next, stick each of the square printable onto the Bottom Cardboard Heart in the same order as the small heart shapes. Make sure that the text is within the heart shape you traced otherwise you won’t be able to see it later.
You should be able to see all the text when you put the Top cardboard heart over.
Spray paint the top cardboard heart red. I used Liquitex Professional Spray Paint in Cadmiun Red
Use a Sharpie to write “Love is…” and “1 Corinthians 13: 4-6” on the heart
RIGHT: If you want to create a hanging tab, cut a piece of ribbon and glue it to the top
LEFT: Glue the top and bottom cardboard hearts together.
Finished Heart Shape Activity.
How to Play 1 Corinthians 13 Heart Shape Activity with your Preschooler:
The goal of this heart craft is to teach kids the definition of love, according to what the Bible says it is.
- Young toddlers: Practice matching colors and learning how to correctly turn the heart shapes so they fit into their respective slots.
- Older toddlers: Have them find the correct colored heart and recite each of the verses in order as you go. For example, you say “Love is Patient, where is that heart?”while pointing to the first blue slot and letting them look for the correct heart. Then you go “Love is Kind, where is that heart?” and so on. Eventually, your toddler will be able to recite 1 Corinthians 13:4-6 on love in the correct order and recognize the text patterns on the shapes.
I hope you and your toddler enjoyed this activity as much as we did. I also can’t wait to hang it on our front door for Valentine’s day this year!
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