Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. At Kids Play and Create we have been working on the best games, activities and snack ideas to make this Valentine’s Day a fun one for your kids and loved ones. Just out the fun activities below. Don’t forget to check back soon for newly added activities.
Pin the Heart on the Cupid
Materials: paper hearts, marker, tape, big picture of Cupid, blindfold
How to Play:
This game is the same as pin the tail on the donkey.
The object is to get your heart closest to Cupids heart.
Step 1: Tape the Cupid on the wall. Using a marker put a dot where Cupid’s heart is.
Step 2: Give each player a paper heart. Write their names on the heart.
Step 3: Place a piece of tape on the back so the heart will stick on the cupid.
Step 4: Have all the children stand in a line one behind the other.
Step 5: Place the blindfold on the first child and spin them three times.
Step 6: Let them place their heart on the Cupid. The child with their heart closest to where Cupids heart would be wins.
How Many Kisses
Materials: Jar, Hershey’s chocolate kisses
Object: To guess how many chocolate kisses are in the jar.
Step 1: Fill the jar with Hershey’s chocolate kisses. Write down the amount that are in the jar.
Step 2: Ask each child how many they think are in the jar.
Step 3: Child that is closest wins and gets the jar of candy.
Candy Heart Hunt
This game is like an Easter Egg Hunt
Materials: candy heart boxes, candy, other Valentine’s Day themed items (stuffed animals, stickers, tattoos etc…), small plastic bags, individually wrapped candy.
Step 1: Fill the small plastic bags with wraped candy and Valentine’s Day themed items. 2-3 things per bag.
Step 2: Hide the small plastic bags and candy heart boxes around the room, house, classroom or if warm enough outside.
Step 3: Have children hunt for candy.
Materials:1 bucket or bowl per team, individually wrapped candies 3 per child
Object: To get candy in bucket/bowl
Step 1: Divide the children into even teams. Line the children up one behind the other. Put bucket/bowl on opposite side of the room from the team.
Step 2: Hand out 3 candies per child.
Step 3: On GO have first children from each room try to throw their candy into the bucket/bowl. When they have successfully got all of their candy in the bucket/bowl they must go the end of the line and sit down. If they miss they must go pick up their candy and try again.
Step 4: First team with all their players sitting wins.
Materials: 1 pair of mittens (without finger separation) per team, individually wrapped candies
Step 1: Dive the children into teams. Line one child behind the other.
Step 2: Give the first player of each team a pair of mittens to put on and a piece of wrapped candy.
Step 3: On GO have the children unwrap and eat the candy with the mittens on. When they finish they go to the back of the line and sit down.
Step 4: The first team with all their players sitting down wins.
Mini Conversation Heart Stacker
Materials: 1 box of Conversation Hearts per child, timer
Step 1: Give each player a box of conversation hearts.
Step 2: On Go the children must see how many conversation hearts they can stack on top of each other in 40 seconds. The child with the most conversation hearts stacked wins.
Steal My Heart
Materials: Conversation Hearts, Chop Sticks (1 pair per player), bowls (1 bowl per table)
Step 1: Pour the Conversation hearts into the bowls. Put the bowls in the middle of each table.
Step 2: Have a couple of children sit at each table. Give each child a pair of chop sticks.
Step 3: On GO have the children collect the conversation hearts from the bowls using the chop sticks only. The child with the most conversation hearts wins.
Conversation Heart Memory
Materials: Conversation Hearts
Set up: Empty out the boxes of conversation hearts and put them into pairs by saying and color. example: place all the pink love you’s together. When you have enough pairs you are ready to play.
Step 1: Scramble the pairs of conversation hearts on the table, than put them in rows.
Step 2: Each child gets a turn trying to find the pairs. If they find a pair they get to go again. Same rules as regular memory. The child with the most pairs at the end wins.
Lace Licorice Chew
Materials: Lace Licorice
Step 1: Give each child an equal amount of lace licorice.
Step 2: Have all the children stand in a line.
Step 3: Each child must put ton end of the lace licorice in their mouth and put their hands behind their backs. No hands allowed.
Step 4: On GO the children must try to eat the lace licorice without using their hands. The first child finished wins.
Materials: 1 cupcake per child, paper, scissors, tape, makers, bag, music
Set up: Cut out large hearts out of the paper 1 heart per child. Write a number on each heart and tape them to the floor 2 feet apart in a circle. Write each number again on small pieces of paper and put them in the bag. Now your ready to play.
Step 1: Have each child stand on a paper heart on the floor.
Step 2: Play the music and have child step from one heart to the next.
Step 3: When the music stops pick a number out of the bag.
Step 4: The child who is standing on the number called gets a cupcake. Keep playing until all the children receive a cupcake.
Who Do You Love
Materials: Chairs (1 less than the amount of kids)
Set up: Place all the chairs in a circle with the seat facing inward.
Step 1: Chose 1 child to be it. The child it stands in the center of the circle.
Step 2: Have all the other children sit in the chairs (no chairs should be empty)
Step 3: The child who is it goes up to one of the children sitting in the chair and asks who do you love? That child responds with an answer such as I love everyone with a sister. Than every child with a sister must get up and find a new seat. The child who is it must also try to sit down. The child who is left without a seat is now it. Keep playing as long as you want. There are no winners in this games.
Sample responses: I love everyone wearing blue, I love everyone with a pet fish, I love everyone with green eyes etc…
St. Valentine Says
You would play this game the same as Simon says. Instead of saying Simon Says you would say St. Valentine Says.
Valentine’s Day Story Marathon
Materials: A large piece of paper, tape, construction paper, crayons, pencil.
Set up: Tape the large piece of paper on the wall where the children can reach it.
Step 1: Explain to the children that they are going to be writing a Valentine’s Day story. On the top of the paper write Once Upon A Time.
Step 2: Hand the pencil to one of the children and have them write a sentence or two on what comes next in the story.
Step 3: Have each child continue to write sentences until everyone has had a turn and their story is complete.
Step 4: Give each child a piece of construction paper and draw a picture to go with the story. Hang the pictures on the wall around the story.
This can also be done as a necklace
Materials: Lace Licorice, candies with holes in the middle such as gummy lifesavers, fruit loops
Step 1: Give each child a piece of lace licorice long enough for them to tie around their wrists.
Step 2: Give each child some candy and fruit loops to put on the lace licorice. When the child is finish tie them around wrist
Valentine’s Day Word Find
Materials: paper, pencils
Step 1: Write the word Valentine’s Day at the top of each paper.
Step 2: Have children see how many smaller words they can make using the letters in the words Valentine’s Day.
Valentines Day Coupons
Materials: construction paper, markers, scissors
Step 1: Cut construction paper into rectangle shapes.
Step 2: Have children write a task on the coupon such as I will do the dishes, mop the floor, clean my room, make dinner etc… and give coupons to their parents or loved ones.
*You can also try any of the Spa Activity Recipes. They are great for parties and to make for gifts
Pre make sugar cookies in Valentine’s Day Shapes. Have the children decorate the cookies with icing, and sprinkles.
Pre make Valentine’s Day cupcake and have the children decorate them with icing and sprinkles.
Melt chocolate and have the children dip strawberries in them and cover with sprinkles. This can also be done with caramel, bananas, or jumbo marshmallows.
Try the Strawberries and Cream Recipe
Try the Valentine’s Day Candy House
Try the Cheesecake Cups Recipe