Here is one of the simplest and quickest art activities I’ve done with my kids that still had a huge impact in terms of sparking conversations about God’s love… this Jesus Loves Me Heart Art project.
My favorite Catholic picture Bible for kids is The Beautiful Story of the Bible by Maite Roche. The illustrations are GORGEOUS and very inspiring to create art with as an extension activity. I love how the text is easy for children (ages 3 +) to understand. It is a wonderful addition to your family Bible to help children understand the Word of God through images and child-friendly text. It’s our go-to!
Our scripture focus for the week comes from Matthew 19:13-15:
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After he placed his hands on them, he went away.
I remember one of my daughter’s preschool teachers giving her a hug as I picked her up a few years ago, and she said to her, “Remember, Jesus loves you.” I thought to myself, have I ever really told my girls this? We go to Mass, we pray, we read the Bible, but do I actually remember to tell them this frequently? The honest answer was no.
From that day forward, I made it a goal of mine that no matter how crazy our days get, I will do my very best as their mother to remind my children of this simple yet profound phrase. I pray that it stays with them as they continue to grow and make mistakes and learn from them. And it’s a wonderful reminder to myself of Christ’s love for me, a sinner.
Here is all you need to prepare for this art activity. This project has different options… you can print the worksheet onto card stock that has the heart templates for the child to color OR print the blank version for the child to sponge paint hearts. The FREE printable PDF download below includes both.
You can choose what types of coloring materials you feel up to that day: wet or dry. We did both and my three year old loved it all!
- Jesus Loves Me Heart printable or plain white paper- See the box below the post to grab yours for FREE
- White card stock for printable
- Crayons, Kwik Stix, oil pastels, OR liquid tempera paint OR glitter paint
- Optional: heart sponge brush from this brush pack
- Child’s photo
- Scissors & glue
- Print the free Jesus Loves Me worksheets (link is posted below this post). There is also a blue header option.
Choose if you want to have your child color in the hearts, paint in the hearts or stamp their own with hearts with paint.
Paste your child’s picture in the center after paint dries.