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?” Think about your own answers to this question also. Take turns sharing how each of you likes to be loved such as hugging, having someone’s help, or enjoying a game together. You may like to make a list under a self-portrait of each family member, sharing each person’s favorite ways to feel love.
Show your love for the earth.
When we care about the environment, we care for it as best we can. Collect trash on the street, gather up recyclable items in your home, or do some gardening outside. Explain how actions must go along with our verbal expressions of love. By showing loving actions and not just saying the words “I love you,” we are actually embodying the virtue. We can show love to everyone and everything around us by looking out for what each person or thing needs to be happy and healthy.
3. 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.
4. 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. Use masking tape or stones to make the outline of a heart on the ground. Have your child come up with ways to use the heart such as making it a race track, a collection area for stuffed animals or other favorite objects they love, or a place to sit in while they sing songs.