Love is - Bible-Based Valentine's Day Activities

What is love? 
In today's society, it is very hard for students to define as it has too often been de-valued on television, in movies, and on the internet. The true characteristics of love need to be revisited and what better time to do it than Valentine's Day?
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
In our classroom, we discussed the word love and made an anchor chart, differentiating what the world says it is vs. what we know true love to be. And by true love, we clarified that we didn't necessarily mean mushy-gushy feelings (insert squeals and groans here), but pure love, love that lasts, God's love.
We completed these fun interactive notebook foldables to help us remember what we've learned: 
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey. 
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
We also focused on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a as our weekly memory verse.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
We read this cute kid-friendly book about what it means to love someone:
We watched this video every day for a week to help us remember the verse

The next day, I got the kiddos up and moving around as we put our knowledge to the test!
I taped these cards all over the classroom and sent the students hunting. They each had a tracking sheet where they recorded each card under the correct column: Love IS or Love IS NOT
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Then we brainstormed ways that we could share this precious ending love of God with others. Each student got a template to fill in and color.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
They look awesome as a bulletin board in the hallway!

You can find all of these FUN & ENGAGING activities in this kid-tested, teacher-approved print-and-go packet.
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
Whether you're using this at home with your kids, in a Sunday School classroom, or in a Christian school setting - you'll be planting God's truth in the heart of young people. In a society that says "love is anything you want it to be" we need parents and teachers who will stand up for what God says love is, as defined in the Bible.

Here's a preview of everything that's included in the packet:
Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
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Valentine’s Day – or the Day of Love – is coming up! Today’s culture tells students that love is a temporary feeling that changes with our mood. It’s often based on behavior or how it makes us feel. But that’s not how God describes love. Engage your students with a discussion of what biblical love looks like. Blog post full of ideas, print-and-go activities, videos, and book suggestions. Resources created by Jessica Lawler @ Joy in the Journey.
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