Conversation Heart Countdown to Valentines Day: 16 Days of Celebrating God’s Love

I am super excited to post this post!  I have been working like a busy bee on this and I am really hoping that you all will be as excited I am about it!

Introducing the Candy Heart Countdown: A 16 day countdown to Valentines Day on the true meaning of love from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8!

I have provided you with everything you will need right here in this post, from my printable pack to ideas on how to implement it in your home with your kids.

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My hope is that starting on January 30th lots of families will join us in this fun 16 day countdown teaching kids about true, real and lasting love- God’s love!  It is much like doing advent but instead each day focuses on one aspect of love from 1 Corinthians 13.  There are teaching cards to go along with each day and also a candy conversation heart to hang on a tree or decorate your house with!  I am going to show you how I have set it up in our house to give you some inspiration, but this is tailored to you!  You can personalize it however you choose.  Just use the free printable here and then add whatever strikes your fancy and makes it fun for your family.  There are full instructions inside the pdf, it is easy to do and makes celebrating Valentines day not only fun but truly meaningful!

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I made a simple tree to display our hearts each day.  I gathered some sticks from outside and gave them a light coat of white spray paint.  Then I stuck them into a pitcher I had and added a few paper flowers I bought from the scrap booking section of the craft store.  Please don’t feel like you have to do this!  You can simply put the printable hearts up on your refrigerator door or place them in a bowl in the middle of the dinner table, whatever works for you and your family.

I printed everything out on cardstock so it was a little bit more durable.  You could laminate them too, I probably will when I have some extra time.  Then I cut out my hearts and teaching cards.  I hole punched each heart and strung them with raffia for hanging.

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I made little packages for each day in the count down.  Every day my kids choose the next one and it has their heart, teaching card, and a little treat.  I used some old jars but you could use brown baggies, ziplock baggies, or any other containers you may have.  I like having it all set up in advance.  Then it is less work for me each day and it gets the kids all excited about it in advance!

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This is what our tree will look like at the end with all of the conversation hearts hanging on it.

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Click this link to download the pdf printable pack:

Candy Heart Countdown Printable Pack

Ok, so I am going to close this post by asking you a favor.  If you find this post and decide to do this with us, would you let me know?  I would love to hear from you!

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

 

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43 thoughts on “Conversation Heart Countdown to Valentines Day: 16 Days of Celebrating God’s Love

  1. Carrie, you are so creative and wonderfully intentional! I am going to try and do this, for sure! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas— (I also pinned it on Pinterest, hope you don’t mind).

    • Hi Bryce! Thanks so much for letting me know and I hope it works out and is a blessing to you guys! And thanks for pinning it too. Love to your and your sweet family!

  2. hello dear one. simply amazing, as always. I just cannot handle how you make it sound and look so easy. i love it!! i would LOVE to do this. you know how I am so I am going to print out the directions and see what I think. do you put candy or something in the jars (or bags) for each day? Is there one for each kid or just one for each day and they take turns picking?

  3. hello dear one. simply amazing, as always. I just cannot handle how you make it sound and look so easy. i love it!! i would LOVE to do this. you know how I am so I am going to print out the directions and see what I think. do you put candy or something in the jars (or bags) for each day? Is there one for each kid or just one for each day and they take turns picking? oh and you can email me the answers to this if you want.:)

    • Hey, super simple, it really is! Just print cut and put in baggies and that is all. I do 1 baggie for everyone with a peice of candy or little treat in the bag for each child and then I have them take turns picking the bag each day. I love you and think this would be an encouragement to your heart as well as theirs!

  4. Lovely, lovely idea!! I am going to need to incorporate this at home with my kiddo, as well as in my pre-k class (I work at a church preschool). Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful idea. :) I need to pin this too!

    • Hi Jenn, thanks for stopping by, I am so glad you are going to use the hearts! I hope it deepens and widens your family’s valentine’s festivities. Blessings, Carrie

    • Yea Shannon, I am so glad you are going to do it too! We just started today, so you are not alone in the late start. I was so tired after getting it all done for everyone else I just needed a break before starting with my own kids. SO glad you are joining us, and glad you stopped by the blog, have a wonderful Valentines! Blessings to you!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll be finishing up this project tonight while watching the Superbowl. We’ll start using it tomorrow. Anytime we can incorporate scripture into everyday life in a meaningful way with the kids is a plus!

  6. Just wanted to say thank you for such a wonderful and meaningful printable for the kids! I’ve put things like this together myself, so I really understand the crazy amount of time it takes. My family will be starting this tomorrow and I laminated them so we can make it a tradition! Also, I shared this on pinterest and facebook so more people could enjoy. Blessings to you and your family :)

    • Heather, thank you so much for that comment, it made my day! It has been a long day with the kids and your sweet encouragement means ALOT! I am so glad you are doing it and will make it a tradition, that is why I made it! Yea! Thanks again and blessings to you and your family as well. Carrie

      • Wanted to say that it HAS officially become a tradition in our house. My girls were so excited when I brought out the first heart again this year. They remembered it from last year and were eager to start it again. :) I shared this with a few friends last year who have also started doing it in their homes and just shared it with my pastors in the hope that they will spread this fabulous children’s devotional even farther. Thank you again and blessings!

        • Oh Heather, so glad to hear that! I am thrilled that you all have made it a tradition, thanks for allowing me to be part of your family in that way! Blessings to you.

  7. I love this! I tried to do something similar last spring but didn’t even think to tie it to Valentine’s Day. I never really found the time to put it all together. Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents!

  8. I found this amazing activity on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing it with us. I work at a homeless shelter and I’ve been doing it with the children who are staying at the shelter. What a joy it is to do this with them!

    • Oh thank you so much for sharing this with me! I can’t tell you what a blessing it is to think of those little precious ones learning from this. That is exactly why I wanted to share it! Praise God, you made my day!

  9. AWESOME idea!! I know I’m a week late getting started, but I just printed the candy hearts out to start tomorrow! Hang in there, I have NO idea how you do what you do:) Glory to God!!!

    • Oh good, so glad you are going to start it anyway, you may be late but then you will be all set for next year too! Blessings to your family and Happy Valentines Day, thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement!

  10. Thank you for creating these hearts! I have been searching for something just like this. We have three birthdays, in our family, right around Valentine’s Day so we will be celebrating this week (my kids are younger, so they really don’t know the difference). I was planning on skipping it altogether, but really felt like I would be missing a moment to talk about God’s love! Thank again!

  11. You are my new favorite blog friend! :-) I just read your ‘about’ page and felt a kindred connection with your spirit. I look forward to getting to know you more. Also, will be praying for that concert and your lil’ one tonight and what you posted over on my blog. You go and be refreshed by the Lord, sweet mama! :-) Also, also… :-) I live in South Florida. Chris Tomlin will be here this weekend. Wondering if you are in FL too? Thanks for your commitment to helping mommies keep it all about Him!

  12. I just started a new tradition of keeping a Thankful Tree in our home, adorned with hanging tags that change with the seasons/holidays…we write things we are thankful for on the back of the tags, and hang them up for a reminder to give thanks the whole year. I searched for Valentines hearts that I could use for February, and here you are!!! xoxoxo. Thank you so much for these beautiful printouts, which helps us focus on Jesus and Joy. :)

    • Thank you Carrie, I missed the linky party but will have to shoot for it again this week! Thanks for stopping by and commenting, blessings to you!

  13. I absolutely love this idea I very rarely start a pinterest project the second I see it, like ever, but we are doing this now, so excited thank you!! :)

    • Oh good so glad you are able to use them! I know I AVOID pinterest these days, too much to do in life to tempt myself into another project! One day I will get back to it, but for now it is dinner, laundry, school, and bed – then repeat! Blessings to you and thanks for stopping by!

  14. Found this on Pinterest. Love this idea! There’s been a little too much contention between the kiddos lately, so I am hoping this will help spread the love:) Thank you for sharing!

  15. I just downloaded this beautiful pack, laminated everything and have it all ready to go for tomorrow. I was wondering though if you realized that Day 5 and Day 9 have the exact same items for “Living it out” even though the scriptures and traits are different. Was this intentional?

  16. Thank you for this! I think I just stumbled across your blog through something on RedTedArt, and now I think God lead me to your blog, because we share a lot of the same values. I just started homeschooling our 2 and 4 year old boys and I think this will be great for Valentine’s week.

  17. Hi Carrie,

    My family is loving doing these this Valentine’s Day. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with our family so that we can better focus on God’s perfect example of LOVE this Valentine’s Day. I did want to mention (like another commenter) that “Keeps no Record of Wrongs” has the Humble/Proud Living it out. Just in case you wanted to know. THANK YOU AGAIN! We love these and also look forward to using your Easter ones as well.

    • Hi Bethany, thanks for that note and I am so glad you were able to do these this year! I will look into changing that up for next year!

  18. Only wish I’d found this earlier in the season! I will definitely be using this next year. Such a great idea for making a scriptural connection to Valentine’s Day! Thank you for your efforts and the free printables to make this happen. God Bless!

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