How can we teach our kids how much God loves them? I’ve discovered that 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 can we layer the simple message “God is love” over and over again in our kids’ hearts?
In this post, we’re going to talk about practical, powerful ways to teach kids that God is love! I’m excited to show this ultimate list of Bible activities, games, books and fun crafts that bring the simple truth “God loves you” to life for kids of all ages.
Plus I’ll introduce you to a simple way to teach your kids to how to study the Bible–using a simple, step-by-step Bible study method that include Bible verses about love!
NOTE: Some of these ideas 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!
4 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.
But you and I know that it takes a lifetime to learn about God’s love. Yes, we must teach our kids about God’s love at an early age, but we also must show them practical ways to access God’s love through every stage of their lives.
How can we teach kids the important skill of how to continually discover more about God’s love? Let’s talk about that next.
Teach Kids How to Study the Bible Using Verses about God’s Love
One of the best ways is to teach kids how to connect with God is through a daily Bible time.
But kids (and even we adults!) need a simple way to study the Bible. A good Bible study method (especially one for kids) must be:
- easy to remember
- simple to use
- not full of big words and concepts
I created the 5Rs Bible Study™ Method for my own kids, and now I want to help you introduce it to your kids too so they can know about God’s love!
The 5Rs Bible Study™ Method consists of 5 steps: Read, Rewrite, Restate, Relate and Respond. This simple method allows anyone to read any verse, understand it fully, relate it to their lives and then create a simple plan for change today. Go here to learn more about the 5Rs.
I want to make it even easier for you to teach your kids how to study Bible verses about God’s love!
The Be Loved 5Rs Bible Study™ Journals and Guides were created so that moms like you and me could teach our kids to study God’s word while also learning deep insights about God’s love.
With 30 Bible verses on love, these awesome Bible study journals allow your kids to easily and simply studying Bible verses about God’s love–on their own–while teaching them the valuable skill of how to analyze and understand any Bible verse.
When kids have all 5 steps of this amazing Bible method right in front of them, it makes it easy for them to understand and apply these verses about God’s love. That’s why the Be Loved 5Rs Bible Study™ Journal is so powerful!
Then, why not plan to talk through these verses with your children on a weekly basis? That’s where the Be Loved 5Rs Bible Study™ Guides come in. The guides are accompaniments to the weekly set of verses and include additional insights, questions, journaling prompts and more so that you can have a healthy discussion with your child about God’s love.
Because these are digital resources, you can print as many copies as you need for your family or church based on the license you purchase. What a great way to learn about God’s love as a family!
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 my copy 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!
Other Posts That Teach About God’s Love
- DIY Valentine Countdown Banner for Kids
- How to Use Games to Memorize Bible Verses
- 130 Everyday Ways to Say I Love You to Your Kids
- 4 Ways to Raise Confident Kids Who Love God
- Ultimate List of Bible Verses About Love
- Incredible Bible Verses About God’s Love
#1 Way to Teach Kids About God’s Love
All of these ideas about teaching kids about God’s love are great, but ultimately, why not teach your kids to go to the source–the Bible–to discover God’s love through daily Bible study?
The 5Rs Bible Study Journals and Guides not only teach your kids Bible verses about God’s love, but teach them how to study the Bible overall!