These love notes for kids will guide your kids in speaking kind, life-giving words to their siblings and friends.
Sibling relationships naturally come with some friction. Kids are human just like us (but with less experience and fewer relational coping skills). They have their own ideas and agendas, which naturally causes friction.
That’s where we as parents come in. We get the “opportunity” – sometimes a trillion times per day – to help equip our kids to love their siblings well.
Many months ago a reader emailed me and suggested that we make printable love notes that siblings could share with one another. I LOVED the idea because it would encourage kids to say nice things while at the same time, encourage the receiver.
But, I thought we’d go a little deeper than just kind words. What would happen if we equipped kids to encourage one another with God’s Word?
You’re about to find out, because I created a set of sibling love notes based straight out of Galatians 5. Think of them as Fruit of the Spirit sibling love notes!
This free printable set of love notes for kids will help equip your kids with a simple yet effective tool for building one another up (rather than tearing each other down). Can I get an amen?
Love Notes for Kids
The best part of the printable love notes for kids is the “prompt notes.” Each of the 12 cards has a prompt to help the child get started in encouraging their sibling by focusing on the fruit of the spirit.
For example, one card says, “I love watching you give love to…”
Another says, “You show kindness by…”
I find that kids often get stuck with what to say, so we’ve given them prompts to get the creative “juices” flowing. (Fruit juices of course- haha.) You will love how beautiful and genuine your kids can be when they have a prompt to help them.
I recommend having your kids cut out the love notes for kids and keep them in a box or bin of some kind. Then periodically they would fill one out and give it to an unsuspecting sibling. My kids love to hide them or tuck them somewhere so they will be a surprise. But face-to-face is special, too.
You will also get verse cards that highlight the fruit of the Spirit as mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
Each “fruit” on the love notes for kids has a corresponding verse that further explains that characteristic including:
- 1 John 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
- James 1:2-3, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”
- Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
- Galatians 6:9, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
- Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
- Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
- Philippians 4:5, “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;”
- 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Finally, there are blank cards with each “fruit” written on them: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, etc. If your child is feeling creative or has his/her own ideas, these are the perfect fit. If they can think it up, they can write it down! As long as it encourages their siblings, of course.
4 Fun Ways to Use the Notes
- The verse cards could be used as memory verses. Siblings could memorize one per week and then focus on writing love notes that focus on that particular “fruit”.
- Your kids could make it into a game. One sibling could write a note and hide it for their brother or sister to find. Then another sibling could write a note and hide it, etc. Taking turns searching for the notes will increase their anticipation!
- The love notes for kids could be used in the forgiveness process when there’s been conflict in the sibling relationship. Teaching kids to say more than “I’m sorry” is a vital relational skill to learn.
- Each child could make a “mailbox” or “mail envelope” and put it by their bedroom door. You could then encourage the siblings to write at least one love note for kids a day (or week) and deliver it to their sibling’s mailbox.
Download your Love Notes for Kids Today
Ready to equip your kids to practically love one another? Click below to download your free set of love notes for kids today.
Both ESV and KJV are available in the same download.
Other Helpful Resources for Siblings
Sibling relationships can be challenging. We all have stories that put our parenting frustration on display. But God placed those particular siblings together with purpose. He’s able to teach them how to love each other well.
If you’d like to read more to encourage your parenting journey, check out these helpful posts. Remember, you are not alone!
- How to Help Your Kids Build Strong Sibling Relationships – This post gives practical tips on helping your kids build strong sibling relationships. And yes, it’s still possible!
- Sibling Love: 6 Special Reasons God Gave You Siblings – God gave your kids one another with purpose. Often kids need reminding, especially when they regularly conflict with one particular sibling. These 6 reasons can encourage your kids.
- 5 Easy Ways to Stop Sibling Fighting & End Frustration – These 5 ideas are things you can start implementing today to help end the fighting between siblings. No family is perfect. Everyone has struggles. But we there are techniques we can implement to help with the harmony in the home.
- Do a family Bible study together! One of our most popular studies, My Brother’s Keeper, equips kids to love one another well.
Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.