Stuffed Heart Relay
- Bring in two large stuffed hearts (either pillows or just plush stuffed hearts).
- Divide the kids into two teams and tell them they must run to the finish line with the heart between their legs.
- Once they return to the group, they should take the heart and give it to the next child, who puts it between their legs and so on.
- Whichever group finishes the entire relay first wins.
Help elementary students remember some of the great couples by having them complete the match to a famous other half. For example, if you say “Romeo” their answer would be “Juliet” (hopefully).
- Divide the kids into two groups and give each a buzzer or similar type item.
- Present the famous start of the pair. You might say, “peanut butter” and if one of the teams knows the match is “jelly” they will buzz in with their answer.
- Some other options are:
- Eggs and bacon
- Coffee and sugar (or cream)
- Cinderella and Prince Charming
- Cookies and milk
Kids love those little Valentine’s candy conversation hearts available everywhere around Valentine’s Day. Create a heart-stacking contest, which is a lot of fun and can create some team spirit.
- Give each child a box of Valentine conversation hearts.
- Have them build a stack as high as they can with the hearts within a given period of time (30 seconds to a minute is plenty).
- If their contraption falls, they are out.
- Keep playing the game over and over again until you are down to two final contestants.
- Have everyone cheer him or her on as they try to build the highest (and longest lasting) tower of hearts. Be sure to have a prize for the winning architect.
Balloon Aim Game
This game is always a hit with kids because what kid doesn’t love a good balloon?
- Give each child a balloon (not inflated) and have him or her blow it up.
- Have a target somewhere in the room, and in this case a big heart will do, and have them let go of their (untied) balloon in the direction of the target.
- Whoever gets their balloon the closest to the target gets a prize.
- If someone gets a direct hit, that’s two prizes.
Keep the target on the ground to make this game easier. Based on the ages and abilities of the kids in the group, you can have them stand close or somewhat far away from the target when they let their balloon go.
Valentine Bingo Game
All kids love a good game of Bingo. For a seated game that might help the kids rest for a minute, play a game of Valentine’s Day-themed bingo.
- The bingo squares might have pictures on them like hearts, flowers, cupid, arrows and the like.
- Be sure to have a prize for the winner, and play the game over and over so the kids can all have a turn at winning.
Throwing the Smile
To make everyone happy on this day of love, play a game of “throwing the smile.”
- Sit everyone in a circle and have one person smile wildly at the rest of the group.
- Everyone else must sit as stone-faced as possible.
- Then the person smiling dramatically wipes the smile off their face (by literally using their hand over their mouth in a swiping motion) and “throws” the smile to the next person in the circle.
- That person puts the smile on, and again makes a wild, silly smile at the group, then wipes it off and moves on.
- As soon as someone smirks or smiles that is not supposed to be smiling at that moment, they are out.
- It’s harder than it sounds and kids often end up in gales of laughter, even when they’re trying to be serious.
Bean Bag Toss
- Make little bean bags that are shaped like hearts.
- Make a line on the floor with masking tape.
- Four or five feet away, place little plastic buckets.
- Form teams and have a bean bag toss competition.
Cinnamon Heart Guessing Game
- Fill a small jar with heart-shaped cinnamon candies.
- Count them as you place them in the jar.
- The student guessing the closest number without going over the amount in the jar wins the jar of candy.
Repurpose of Classic Party Games
Alter a few regular party games to fit the holiday. Some party games need very little adjustment to work for Valentine’s Day.
- Cupid Says is a replacement for Simon Says.
- Valentine’s Day Pictionary uses pictures that relate to the holiday.
- Valentine’s Day Charades players act out Valentine’s Day ideas.
- Pin the Heart on Cupid replaces Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Draw a large cupid on a foam board. The idea is to add a heart to the end of his arrow. Students will have fun seeing where the heart actually ends up.