With winter comes a love of ice and snow for my kids. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a great time to get excited about Heart Ice Art and say a prayer to protect our hearts from hardening.
God has revealed to me that He can be tied to everything we do, even art with our kids! So, I love to create art with my kids that creates a visual of how Christ is alive in our hearts and in our lives.
Heart Ice Art Kids Activity Materials:
pipe cleaner to attach the beads
bath paint or washable paint to paint the ice
- we did this over 2 days to give it time to melt and freeze
Instructions for Heart Ice Art Kids Activity:
First we got some letter beads and found the letters to our name.
This is a great time to talk about who God made you to be.
Then, you can string the beads onto a pipe cleaner. The pipe cleaner will help it stay down in the water.
Next, we mixed in food coloring to make it a fun water color of our choice.
Then, we got a heart-shaped container.
Next, we poured the colored water into the heart container.
This is a great time to talk about how we can we let Jesus pour His love into our hearts.
Then, we put our name bracelets into the bottom of the heart container.
Next, we froze the container with water and the name bracelets inside of it.
This is a great time to ask abut their science predictions…”what do you think will happen to the water?”
We kept our hearts in the freezer over night, then we pulled them out of the freezer and made our observations. You can take pictures or draw them in science journals.
You can talk about how sometimes the things that happen in our day during our worldly lives, can harden our hearts, and in these times it can feel harder to let Jesus in to help.
We went into the backyard. We spent time painting the heart with our unique choices of designs and colors.
This is a fun time to talk about how we each create unique art just as the Lord created each of us uniquely.
Then, we kept the frozen heart out in the sun and after 5 hours (depending on the size of your heart container), we checked if the heart has melted. We observed and recorded what we discovered in our science journals.
When the ice melts, you can talk about how it’s like letting Jesus’ warmth, peace, and love melt our freezing hearts. We can let go of our fears or bad feelings to the Lord, so they can melt away.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:7
Then, we pulled our name bracelets out of the melted heart, to let them dry so we could wear them!
This is showing how we we can find ourselves in Christ! Then we can wear our bracelets as reminders that Jesus’ love lives within each us, we just need to let him in!
“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all of your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Prayer for Kids’ Hearts to Seek the Lord’s Love:
You are such an almighty Father! We thank you that you are so great, grand, and almighty and still you have the greatest love over our small children from their tiniest hair to their big hearts. We ask you to continue to protect them Lord on their journey to you. We ask you to help them continue to seek you, even when they lose their way. We ask you to continue to reveal yourself to them in ways they never imagined to show your great love for their lives. We thank you for your grace for us as parents, as moms as well as for our children. We ask you to help them seek that grace and experience your peace and love so they can move forward closer to you no matter where they are in life. Continue to live in their hearts Lord and let them trust you in all of their worldly circumstances. Protect them from the enemy hardening, and fill them with your warm love and peace into eternity Lord!
In Jesus’ name we pray,
What We learned from Heart Ice Art and Faith Activity for Kids:
Faith: We learned about Jesus loving us and letting his love in our hearts, even when it feels like our hearts are hardened. As long as we seek Him, we will find Him.
Reading:We learned about spelling our names.
Writing: You can write about what you learned in a Science journal or what you learned about Jesus in a faith journal.
Science: We learned how to make predictions, observations, and record objects and what causes water to freeze and melt.
What are your favorite ways to learn about hearts and love? Do you need a prayer for your children or family?