Valentine Games Kids Will LOVE
If you are in charge of this year’s classroom party you will need some Valentine Games, the date is approaching quickly! I tend to find myself a little rushed to pull it all together last minute, but this year–organization is one of my new year’s resolutions, so I am getting started in January! As a grade school room-parent, it seems like the game is always the last item parents sign up for on the party volunteer sign-up sheet. Hey, I get it! Finding creative Valentine games to entertain a room full of grades school kids (who have been snacking on candy and sugar cookies all afternoon) can be a scary and overwhelming task. But, someone has to do it, and I am hoping these ideas will help simplify your search!
First of all, is your child making a Valentine box beforehand during class time? This is important to know. Some teachers spend time working on these as a class, and some expect the student to create a box at home and bring it in. I have some great ideas for cute Valentine boxes that are fun and creative. This Valentine Monster box is cute for boys or girls and is super easy to create last minute! This Unicorn Valentine Box is colorful and sweet, and has a magical feel to it! Print off the features and let the children create.
Valentine games perfect for a classroom party
There are so many great Valentine games here, and many of these games can be used for any grade. I say simple is best!
Mittens & Kisses Game
We played this classroom game with my oldest daughter’s class and it was a big hit! It is super easy, uses supplies found at home, and of course, kiddos get to eat a Hershey kiss. You need to create two separate lines of kids. You can divide into a boys line and a girls line, or number the kids off for two even lines. I dump two bags of kisses onto a desk and give each person in the front of the line a pair of mittens (not gloves). The object is to grab a kiss-off of the desk, unwrap it (a bit clumsily with those mittens) eat the kiss, and then pass the mittens to the next child in line. The winning line finished when everyone has unwrapped and eaten one kiss. This game can be played at any age and even adults and teachers can get into the fun! You can also use a pair of oven mitts to make it a little harder, and fair warning–the gloves may need a washing after the game!
Hearts to Hearts Printable Valentine Card Game
Free Printable Valentines Games
Have you ever played, Don’t Eat Pete? Don’t Eat Val printable game is a fun take on that game and perfect for Valentine’s Day. The best part print off the free game cards and grab some candies and you are ready to play!
Printable Valentine Bingo Game
Valentine Matching Game
This Valentine matching game from Creations by Kara is a fun game that comes with a sweet reward! When you make a successful match, you get to eat the kisses…or keep the kisses for later.
Who Do You Love?
This is a classic game with a Valentine Twist from the Spruce. All you need is the student’s classroom chairs!
- Arrange the chairs in a circle so that the seats are facing inside.
- The player who is “it” stands in the center of the circle, and the other kids sit in the chairs facing her.
- The “it” approaches one of the seated children and says, “Who do you love?” The player who is approached must come up with an answer, such as “I love everyone wearing pink” or “I love everyone who has a dog,” and then anyone wearing pink or who has a pet dog must stand up and scramble to find a new seat.
- Players cannot shift to the seat next to them, should it become vacant. They must move at least two chairs away from their original spot.
- In the meantime, the player who is “it” should try to sit down in one of the vacant chairs. Once everyone finds a spot, the one player left standing becomes the new “it” and must then approach a seated player and ask, “Who do you love?
We played this Cupid’s Arrow game from the Helpful Homemaker at a third-grade party. It takes a little prep work, as in buying the supplies–which you can find cheap at the dollar store, but the kids loved it!
Valentine Minute to Win it Games
Over at Makoodle, I found this great list of minute to win it games with a Valentine theme. I think that these would be especially great for some of the older classes that always seem hard to plan for. These games take a few supplies, like plastic bowls, marshmallows, and quite a bit of Valentine Candy. You will need to be organized, and get the kids organized into teams, but I guarantee these minute to win it games will be a big hit! Still, want more? Here are some fun minute to win it games for kids that can easily be adapted for Valentine’s Day.
The kids are sure to love all these Valentine games but If you are crafting at your party you might like these heart templates. With these free templates, it is easy to create all sorts of projects. Create a hanging heart banner to construction paper Valentines. Cut the larger heart like a puzzle. Give each child a half of the heart and ask them to find the match.
With all of this game excitement, don’t forget about the Valentines! Giving out Valentine cards is such a fun tradition and I love helping my kids create unique and homemade cards for their class and teacher. I’ve put together this great list of 50 Classroom Valentines to make the holiday a little easier on you and a list of cute Valentine sayings that you can simply attach to a piece of candy for a simple and clever Valentine.
I hope these Valentine games will help save you time while party planning. Enjoy those sweet classroom parties! I know that they can be a lot of work, but the years go by fast and you will soon be planning a Valentine’s dance in high school…EEEEK!
Classroom Party Tip
One last thing…. keep these would you rather questions or kids jokes handy just in case you have a few minutes to fill! Valentine coloring pages are another item to have ready. The kids can always take them home if you run out of time. You never want them to see you sweat! 😀