SWEET Valentine Ideas

Here’s a collection of some ‘sweet’ valentine ideas that i ‘love’.   i hope you can find something to help you plan the perfect party for family, classroom or ‘just because’.    happy valentine’s day everyone!

One of my favorite sites for printable games is valentines a to z.  the games have a cost but are so worth it and you can print as many as you want.   very clever and they’ve gone to all the work so to me, they are worth the cost.  these games are perfect for time fillers for the older classes because they require reading, writing and matching.

http://www.valentinesgamesatoz.com/games/Valentinesgamesinfo.html

valentines day is all about finding your true love, right?    so it seems fitting to have a ton of Perfetct MATCH or Peferct PAIRing games for the classroom.  these can be tweaked to fit any grade level,  which works great for a classroom party.

MATCH GAMES- for each of the following match games you can find items or write items on a heart and have the kids find their match.  The heart can be cut exactly in half to be harder or cut with zig zags, waves, etc for the kids to match easier.

COUPLES-  ahead of time write famous couples names on a heart (one name on each side) or get photos of them. Kids get one side of a heart or half a picture.  without talking they have to find THEIR MATCH as quickly as possible and sit down.  (I love to use Disney characters, so belle and beast, mickey and Minnie, Cinderella and prince charming, etc.

ITEMS- pair items that go together.  Peanut butter and jelly,  ice cream and cake, milk and cookies, etc.   they each get one item and see if they can find their matching item quickly.   or you can write one item on a piece of paper and they have to find their match first without talking and sit down when they are found.

EDUCATIONAL- you can have math problems on one side of the heart, answer on the other.  Or spelling words cut in half.  Each child gets one half of the paper heart and they see who can find their match the fastest.  Believe it or not the kids love the math problems!   we played this game over and over again.  who knew kids liked math so much?! 🙂

JOKES-first part of joke on one paper, punchline on other.  Kids have to race to see who can find their match first.  i have a ton of valentine jokes if you want a copy, email me and i will shoot them over to you.  the older grades really like this game.

example:  Q. What did the valentine card say to the stamp?      A. Stick with me and we’ll go places!

MOVIE QUOTES or CHARACTERS:  you always hear people say I LOVE THAT MOVIE!  See if the kids can match quotes to movies.   www.imdb.com is a great resource.  Just type in your favorite kid movies then go to movie quotes on the left side of the page to build your game of quotes.  i have two teams and two bowls of different quotes.  see which team can figure out their quotes first.

HOLDING HANDS:  everyone reaches in the circle with a left hand and grabs hold of someone’s hand.  Then you do the same with the right, making sure you don’t have hold of the same person’s hands.  On go everyone tries to get un tangled without letting go of hands.

SITTING AT DESK GAMES:

VALENTINE’S SCATTERGORIES- Kids just go down the list and try to think of creative things that start with those letters.  Give them a few minutes, then have the kids read off what they have.  If you have the same answer as someone else you both have to cross the answer off.  It’s fun to see who can come up with the most creative items.

DICE/HEART GAME-  each child should have their own set of paper hearts numbered from 1-10 and a pair of dice.  If you don’t have enough dice, kids can share the dice, but each child should have their own hearts.  The goal of this game is to get all your heart numbers turned over by rolling them on the dice.  Have each child lay their paper hearts in front of them from 1-10 and start rolling.

Example: if the child rolls a 6 they can flip the heart with #6 over OR they could flip the #5 and #1 OR  #4 and #2.   they can’t flip all of those combinations, just what two hearts equal six or is a 6 but not both equations.     let’s say they chose #4 and #2.  now those two numbers should be flipped face down and they roll again.

If they roll a 7 they could flip over the 7 OR decide to flip the 6 and 1 over.

You don’t want to always just flip the number because sometimes you need those to help with if you roll an eleven or twelve.  Even though those numbers arent’ on the hearts, if you roll them, you still need to flip hearts down that add up to those numbers.  Sometimes it works to get rid of the lower numbers first, but other times it doesn’t.  it’s just a way to get kids to do math over and over in their heads but have fun at the same time!   (you can do this on a white board as well. Instead of printing the hearts, then you just erase the numbers inside the hearts as they go.)  this is much easier because you don’t have to cut out all those little hearts.   i had 5th graders beg for this game because they loved the easy math but it was fun.

WHO SAID THAT- I made up anonymous valentine letters from secret admirers, and the children had to guess who wrote and who received each one. For example, one of my letters read: “Dear Valentine, I think you are beautiful even when covered in ashes and soot. I dream of taking you away from your evil stepmother’s house. When you come to live in my castle, you will ride in royal carriages instead of pumpkins. I will give you anything you want in life, whether it’s glass slippers or to be able to stay out later than midnight. Love, Your secret admirer” The kids knew that this letter was written to Cinderella from Prince Charming.

VALENTINE WORD SCRAMBLE-Use the phrases from Valentine heart candies to create this word puzzle. Scramble the letters from a phrase. List up to ten scrambled phrases on a page and have the students unscramble the phrases. For example, EMBNIE unscrambles to become BE MINE.

FINISH MY PHRASE-list a bunch of phrases on a paper and let kids fill them out.  See how many match.  This is the opposite of scattergories, you WANT to match people on this one.   Example: “Sweet _______.” Was it Sweet Heart, Sweet Dreams, or maybe even Sweet Tooth?   http://www.valentinesgamesatoz.com/games/finishphrasedear.html

Valentine Make-a-Word Puzzles-Print a Valentine’s Day phrase on a piece of paper. Have the students cut out letters and lay them on the desk. Moving the letters around, students make as many words as possible. Have students list each of their words on a paper. Make this game harder by requiring words to be at least four or five letters long.

Some phrases to use could be:Happy Valentine’s Day; Be My Valentine; Will You Be Mine; St. Valentine’s Day

ACTION GAMES:

Heart Relay: 2 Large construction paper hearts per team. Divide children into teams. The first person of a team takes the 2 hearts and lays one of the hearts out on the floor. The child steps on the first heart and then places the second heart in front of them. The child steps on the second heart, reaches back and picks up the first heart and then places that heart in front of them. Continue to the end of the course and then run back and tag the next team member. Variation: Divide the teams in half and have the person walk on hearts to the other side.

Valentine’s Day Party Tiddly Winks
Before the party cut a medium – large paper heart.
Provide each player with 4 plastic disks
(Tiddly Winks or Bingo markers).
Form a circle at a table or on the floor.
Place the heart in the center of the circle.
When you say “Go” the players “shoot” their disks onto
the heart by pressing the edges with another disk  –
How many can they get to land on the heart?
It’s harder than you think! – Let the kids try this as many
times as they would like. If you have a large group of
children, divide players into smaller groups and make more heart “targets”.

DO YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR?-kids sit in circle with one person in the center being “it”.  it goes up to a person and asks, “do you love your neighbor?”   if the person says “yes” the person on each side of him “neighbors” switch places while “it” tries to sit in one of those chairs as well.  whoever is left out is now “it”.

if the person answers “no” to the question then they have to say what they do love. example “no, but i love anyone wearing red”  then all those people wearing red must get up and find a new seat and “it” tries to find one as well.

DANCE and ROMANCE-play some fun upbeat pop love songs and let the kids limbo to them.  you can decorate a dowel with crepe paper, flowers, hearts and so they can really feel the love!

I SIT-Once this game gets going, it goes really fast!   Sit everyone sit in a circle with one extra chair.  The first person slides over into that chair and says, “I sit…” Then the person that was next to them slides over and says, “…in the grass…” Then the next person slides over and says “…with my friend…” and picks someone from the group (example) “…Ashley!” So Ashley would have to move into the empty seat by that person.  Now Ashley’s seat is open, and the battle is on…

The kids on either side of Ashley’s chair hurry and try to sit in it first, and say “I SIT!” and then the next person on their side scoots over, “in the grass”, and the next person scoots over, “with my friend…” and they pick someone else.

once the kids understand how the game works, kick it up a notch.  when a person is called, “ashley” the two people on either side of ashley’s empty chair try to be the first one in it and say, “i sit”    for the person who makes it into the chair, they are safe and the game continues. for the other person who didn’t make it, they now slide their chair out of the circle and make it smaller.  you can only go down to about 4 or 5 people and then the game doesn’t work anymore, but to get it to that small of a circle is a riot.  tell the kids to keep the game going quickly so you have to think fast!

Honey I Love You-Honey I Love You, is another icebreaker that’s fun to play. Your group should be sitting in a circle again with one person in the middle. The person in the middle can go to anyone in the circle and say “Honey I love you, won’t you give me a smile?” The person who was asked the question has to answer back “Honey I love you, but I just can’t smile” (without smiling.) The person in the middle can do anything to the other person to make them smile except touch them. You have to be the judge as to what you call smiling.

PASS THE HEART-kids line up in two lines standing side by side each other.   have each student with their left hand grab the right wrist of the person to their right.  everyone will end up having crossed arms to increase the challenge.  then have several items at one end of the table for each team to pass down the row.   if an item is dropped, with out breaking the chain, they must pick up the item and continue passing it down.   valentine cards, candy bar, heart pillow, etc.

BUMPETY BUMP BUMP BUMP-is one of my favorite classroom grades, especially for 3rd or 4th grade and up.  it’s loud, fast and crazy.   it’s got a long definition, so check it out on the post of STAPLE GAME IDEAS.   i play this game whenever i can.

CONVERSATION HEARTS-you can pour them into a bowl and let the kids see how many they can put into their bowl in 30 30 seconds using only chopsticks!   or you can see how high they can stack them.  they aren’t completely flat so it’s tougher than it sounds.

DRINKS and CRAFTS:

HUG-trace kids handprints onto red cardstock.  Have a student open their arms wide, then measure a piece of yarn from each child’s hand to hand.  (you just measured their hug) tie the yarn to each hand.  “wrap these hands around you whenever I’m away so you can have a hug from me anytime of day. I love you”

Love to Read – This bookmark is a really fun and easy craft that won’t take too long to make. Go to your local craft store and buy some tongue depressors. Each child can decorate a tongue depressor or two with markers, flat foam shapes, sequins, glitter, etc. (really, anything flat will work). Buy some pompoms as well as googly eyes as well so that the children can glue a little “Love Buddy” at the tip of their bookmarks to hold their places in whatever books they are reading.

“thumbody” loves you!  kids can make valentines cards using their thumb print and a stamp pad.  i love making picture/characters out of thumbprints.  draw little stick legs and arms. maybe some kitty ears.  these are an easy craft without a big mess.  use the stamp pad that has the mesh on top so the kids don’t get ink all up their thumb.

DRINKS:  Cupid’s Delight:  Vanilla ice cream, cherry 7-up and a twizzler for a straw.

“Cup-O-Love” Punch-Freeze fruit punch in heart ice or candy molds, then serve with sprite. Make enough for three cubes per child

Heart Shaped Cupcakes – Whip up a batch of your favorite cupcake mix. Line your cupcake tins with paper baking liners. Fill the liners up half way, then place one small marble or a 1/2-inch ball of aluminum foil between each liner and one side of the cupcake tin. This will push the paper and the batter to form of a heart when it bakes. Bake the cupcakes according to package directions and decorate them any way you want.

http://www.hersheys.com/kisses/crafts/ what’s better than an edible bouquet?

if you are looking for a fun idea for g-ma’s or hubbies for valentines day, nothing beats having your kids spell out we love you!   half the fun is trying to get them to lay still on the floor while you take the picture 🙂

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