Monday, January 27, 2014

Count Down to Valentine's Day: Chain of Love



Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  One of the activities for "Love" on the ABCJesusLovesMe Preschool Curriculum website is to create a heart chain.  It would be a great way to count down or up to Valentine's Day.  Mix in some of the ideas from the Thanksgiving Chain of Praise or Chain of Blessings to create a "Chain of Love." 

Choose your medium.  I used cardstock as construction paper may be too stiff to bend.  You may also use felt.

Lay two stripes together and staple at the bottom.  Fold the unstapled ends down and around to form a heart.  Lay another strip on each side of the bended stripes.  Align and staple the four-layer end.  Fold the unstapled ends to form a second heart.  Continue the process to form a chain of hearts.


Cut a piece of paper in half creating two 11"x4 1/4" pieces. 


Cut eleven 1" strips of colored paper measuring 4 1/4" long. If you choose to create a "Chain of Love" similar to the Thanksgiving Chains then I encourage you to write on the strips of paper before stapling.  These could be sentences of how someone in the family loves on you or how you loved on someone.  Another idea is to write how Jesus loved on you today.  (Beautiful sunshine, much needed rain, protected you when you got lost, helped you do the right thing.)  Younger kids could also draw on the sheets. 

This portion of the activity will require an adult to align the papers but the child can help staple. 

Lay two stripes together and staple at the bottom.  Fold the unstapled ends down and around to form a heart.  Lay another strip on each side of the bended stripes.  Align and staple the four-layer end.  Fold the unstapled ends to form a second heart.  Continue the process to form a chain of hearts.


On Valentine's Day, read the thoughts you wrote on each heart. Celebrate with Kiss Cookies.

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