How can we teach our kids how much God loves them? This is the ultimate goal of any Christian parent, right?
Here’s the big secret: We must teach kids about God’s love in whatever stage they’re in, and then model the importance of having a growing relationship with God (so they can experience God’s love first hand).
But how does that happen in everyday life? How can we layer the simple message “God is love” over and over again in our kids’ hearts?
Thankfully, there are so many amazing ways to communicate God’s love to our kids!
And I’m excited to show this ultimate list of activities, games, books and fun crafts that bring the simple truth “God loves you” to life for kids of all ages.
I want to share with you our family’s tried-and-true resources that will make sharing about God’s love with your kids easy and fun!
NOTE: Some of these are Valentine Day themed, and some aren’t. Of course Valentine’s is a great day to teach about God’s love, but so many of these tips and ideas are wonderful for year-round use too!
God is Love Bible Verses Every Child Needs to Hear
When we want to teach kids about God’s love, why not start with the Bible? Here are just a few verses that say “God is love” to our kids.
TIP: Here’s a simple 5-step method to teach kids to study the Bible. There’s even a free bookmark for this easy Bible study method at this post.
“How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.” Psalm 36:7
“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.
8 Books that Teach Kids That God Is Love
There are obviously many, many books that help kids know more about God’s love, but these are my favorite for each stage of parenting.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is a must-have. I have read this to all my kids, and it is worn and threadbare from all the use! The deluxe edition includes the audio CD retelling of the book (which is perfect for long car rides or just running errands around town).
Love Letters from God is also a wonderful tool for helping elementary-aged kids understand that God really does want to have a beautiful, personal relationship with them!
His Little Princess: Treasured Letters from Your King reminds young girls that they truly are princesses loved by God; and His Princess: Love Letters From Your King by the same author also reminds teen girls of how special and loved they are by God.
Why not tell kids about God’s love by sharing dramatic stories of those who have demonstrated this truth firsthand?
Lastly, I also recommend The Search for Significance as a book for older teens that teaches about God’s love and purpose in their lives. There’s a devotional and workbook that goes with the main book. This book changed my life dramatically, and it is something I’ll be sharing with my teens as they get older.
The Search For Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s EyesThe Search for Significance – Workbook: Build Your Self-Worth on God’s TruthThe Search for Significance Devotional Journal: A 60-day Journey to Discovering Your True Worth
Our Favorite Movie to Teach Kids About God’s Love
The Story of Jesus for Children may been an older film, but it’s a treasured classic in our home, specifically because the actor who plays Jesus really captures Jesus’ gentle, loving nature.
My kids ask to watch this movie over and over, and I think it’s because it showcases Jesus’ personal care for his people while he was on earth (and of course, the special love relationship he longs to have with each of us now). This is a must-have for your family movie library!
4 Coloring Books About God’s Love
Coloring and art can also be a fun way to teach kids about God’s love. Here are some cute Bible-themed coloring books for kids of all ages.
3 Beautiful Journaling Bibles that Teach Teens About God’s Love
And have you seen these awesome journaling Bibles? What a great way to literally bring God’s Word to life in full color! This would be a unique way for teens or older kids to memorize and learn key verses about love.
7 God Is Love Games for Youth
There’s so many great games that teach about God on this site (many of them are free). I love this “Love Charades” game that uses the classic game of charades to demonstrate examples of how kids can live out the truth that “God is love.”
7 God Is Love Crafts
Using crafts and activities to teach about God’s love? That’s classic, right?
Here are some great ideas (some Valentine themed and some for everyday) that use crafts to teach kids about God’s great love.
Valentine Themed Crafts:
Our family’s favorite is my Valentine’s Craft Countdown Banner for Kids.
This banner (think of it as an Advent calendar of sorts) is an engaging and fun way for kids to hear about God’s love all through the month of February! It’s also an easy sewing project to do with kids.
Here’s three other fun Valentine-themed craft projects for kids that teach about God’s love:
- Valentine’s Basket for Kids (with Free Printables) from Not Consumed
- Scripture Craft for Valentine’s Day by Catholic Icing
- Faith Valentine Lesson Idea by Teaching Heart Blog
This book has some great ideas (and don’t you love this adorable “God Is Love” puzzle craft?
6 God’s Love Activities for Kids
You’ll love these adorable ways (many of them free) to teach kids about God’s love!
1) This adorable love unit study from Tauna at Proverbial Homemaker is Valentine’s themed, but since it’s about learning to “love your neighbor,” it could be used year round. And did I mention it’s free?
2) Here’s another great free resource: This Real Love Prayer Journal from Mom’s Mustard Seeds. It’s designed for adults, but would be great for an older teen girl.
3) How about combining handwriting practice with teaching your child about God’s love? This free 20 Days of Copywork from Jill at Blessed Beyond A Doubt not only has kids copying love-themed Bible verses, but also explores the topic of what Jesus said about love. Perfect!
4) Here’s a simple craft for preschool kids from Snapguide: a “God’s Love” cross! Fun, and it teaches matching letters. This acrostic about John 3:16 from Christianity Cove would be perfect for elementary kids.
5) Here’s another set of adorable printable God’s love scripture verses. Love these from Carey Scott!
Enjoy teaching your kids about how much they are loved by God!
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