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Here are 8 easy activities to teach children about love:

  1. Share the ways you like to feel love.

Find out how your child likes to feel loved by asking “How do you know when someone loves you.

  1. Make a list of people we love and people who love you.

Make a list or create a photo album of family members and friends.  Use this list (or album) to remind your child that there are lots of people who care for him/her.  Discuss the idea of love being limitless – no matter how many people we love, there is always more love in our hearts.  Love is endless to receive and endless to give.

  1. Make a big “Love Heart.

Explain to your child how a heart is often used as a representation of love because, like love supplies energy to people, the heart supplies blood to the body.  This blood (love) allows us to live happily

  1. Create a “Love Dance.

Love feels so good that we often smile, laugh, sing and dance when we are with those we love.  Choose a song your child likes and make up actions or dance moves you can do together.

  1. Talk about people you have met and the loving qualities they showed.

Ask your child to remember a time when they met someone new and what they noticed about this person.  Talk about if they felt comfortable and how they became friends.

  1. Talk about unconditional love.

When we feel true love, we love each other no matter what – both in good times and in hard times.  We should love ourselves and each other whether we are happy or sad, and be patient and forgiving even when someone makes a mistake.  This is called unconditional love because we love each other under all conditions.

  1. Learn a sign that means “I love you. Preferably not a gang sign lol

Teach your child this sign or make up an original sign together for your own family to use to tell each other how much you love each other.

  1. Play “Loving Actions.”

Take turns coming up with creative ways to show love (such as greeting someone, opening the door for someone, kissing boo boos, only siblings and direct family, or offering a drink) which you can do as a game of silent charades.

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