I created this Valentine’s countdown out of a deep desire to teach my children the biblical meaning of love! We are a bit obsessed with baking sweet treats around this house, and we enjoy using these treats to express our love to others. (I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t enjoy giving and receiving candy-filled Valentine cards at least as much as anyone else, too!) I wanted to take it deeper, though; I want my children to understand that there is so much more to love than giving cookies or consuming loads of Valentine’s candy. That is why I created this Valentine countdown -based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8- to explore the true meaning of love this Valentine’s season! Join us the week before Valentine’s Day as we discover the true meaning of love though this seven-day countdown, while spending quality time together! Children -like all of us, really- spell love T-I-M-E, and this is a terrific way to invest some time in the ones you love!
For this project, you will need:
7 small paper bags (or whatever you have on hand)
Small candies, stickers, etc. (enough for each day)
Two full-size candy bars
Cards (if desired for Valentine’s Day)
What to Do:
Print out the printables and cut them apart. Give each bag a number from 1 through 7, and place the corresponding printable on each bag.
Fill bag “1” with an individual candy for each family member.
Fill bag “2” with a full-size candy bar for one person and small treats for the rest (don’t worry, they will be sharing)!
Fill bag “3” with the dice and small individual treats or gifts.
Fill bag “4” with just one full-sized treat.
Fill bag “5” with individual treats for all.
For bag “6,” make two clues -one LIE and one TRUTH about where the day’s treats are hiding. For example, “There is chocolate in the dryer” could be a LIE, numbered “Clue #1.” Make your TRUTH “Clue #2” and hide your treats there, so your participants look for the treats in this order (you’ll see why)!
Fill bag “7” with cards and candies for all!
You are now ready to begin your Valentine’s countdown! I hope you find this really helpful for teaching your little ones what true love is!
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