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This ” 32 + Valentine Games” post has been added to and is now over 40 game ides! Thought I’d take it from the archives and re-post due to all the new ideas! …….
Valentines Day is just around the corner! Now is the time to be thinking of fun Valentine Games to do with your kids, grandkids or classroom for the Valentine season. I’ve come up with some fun games and compiled a list of other games along with some extra resources for you to use wherever you are having a Valentine celebration! Some games are old and some are new! I hope this will be a nice list of ideas to have filed away. As I think of more, I will update and add to this list! That is the “+” part!
1. “Wink-um” This is an OLD game!
Have a circle of chairs. The boys are standing behind the chairs and the girls are sitting in the chairs. There is one empty chair and the boy behind it winks at a girl. The girl has to quick get out of the chair before the boy behind her tags her on the shoulder.
2. Valentine Relay
Cut small hearts out of tissue paper Give each person a straw (not a flexible one). Players need to suck the straw so that the heart sticks and run to assigned area and release the heart into a basket or bowl. Play this game individually with small kids or in relay teams with large groups. Another version is where you start with a sandwich bag full of tissue hearts. The first person sucks out a heart and passes it to the next person’s straw without using their hands. The last person has an empty sandwich bag in which they put the hearts. The team to first pass all their hearts, wins!
3. Broken Hearts
Cut large hearts out of construction paper. (approx 6-9 inches across) Now cut them into puzzle pieces. Cut them differently or all the same. If you cut them differently, each one needs to have the same number of pieces. For young children, mark the top side, but for adults, make it harder by not marking the top side. Place individual puzzles in an envelope. Either start everyone at the same time and see who can put the puzzle together the fastest or do it individually and time each person. Vary this depending on the number of people playing and the age of the players.
4. Heart Grab
This is like the “Hungry Reindeer” Game that I posted at Christmas. There are small heart-shaped red hots available at Fleet Farm and perhaps other places. Place the “hearts” on a large tray. Players wear a thick athletic sock on their hand and have 15-30 seconds to see how many hearts they can grab and put in a bowl. If they miss the bowl, they don’t count! (Decorate the sock with hearts to go with the Valentine theme!)
5. I Spy the Heart!
This is also one that I played as a kid. Everyone is out of the room while one person places a small heart somewhere in the room. Do not have it totally hidden, but have some little part showing. When a player spies it, they quietly walk over to a chair and sit down. They are not to let anyone know where it is hidden. Each one that spots it, also walks over and sits down until the last one finds it. The first one to spy it, is the next person to hide it.
6. Heart Land
Place cut-out hearts or doily hearts several places on the floor (tape them down). Kids try to land a nickel or quarter on a heart. If they do, they keep the money. You decide how many tries they get! Let them have the money even if it is touching a heart.
Place hearts on a wall or door with different point values on each one. Use a Nerf Gun or Nerf Crossbow to shoot the hearts. Tally points after 10 tries.
8. Heart Hunt
Place lots of hearts in various places around the house. Give kids a basket or cup to place all the hearts they find. Either give a time limit or game ends when all the hearts are found. Count hearts to see who found the most.
The next 6 games are from Activity Village
9. Heart target game
Scatter large hearts cut from construction paper all around the floor. Blow up red balloons, but don’t tie them. Give them to a player and they let them go trying to land close or on a heart somewhere in the room. Give them several tries. It is fun to see where they land. The person closest or the one on the heart, wins.
10. Heart Basketball
Cut a heart-shaped frame out of a corrugated cardboard box and spray paint it red or pink. Hang it from a doorway or have two adults hold it. Blow up red balloons and tie the ends. Kids try to score by batting it through the opening of the heart to score a point.
11. Valentine Balloon Pop
Inflate balloons and place a small piece of paper inside each one with the name of a prize. Each child has a pin. They need to keep the balloons in the air without popping it until you signal. At the signal they can start trying to pop one! Whatever heart they find inside, they win that prize!
12. Wipe That Smile Off Your Face!
Everyone sits in a circle. The one that starts smiles and tries to get each person to smile. They get a point for each one that they get to smile on their turn. When their turn is over, they “wipe the smile off their face” and it is the next person’s turn!
13. Valentine Fishing
Cut hearts and turn them into “Valentine fish”. Attach a small magnet to each fish. Give either point values to the fish or write a prize on the back of some of the fish. Poles with string also have magnets which “catch” the fish.
14. Computer Games at
a kids heart
Games # 15-20. Go to: 365kidsgames.com
for complete directions on the following games….. #15-20
15. Heart Attack
A relay game where players pick a red construction paper heart with a chocolate heart candy taped to it. On the back are the instructions of what they have to do to run the relay. For instance, one might be “hop”, “jump”, “walk backwards”, “crabwalk”, etc. When the teams finish, they can enjoy their chocolate.
16. Heart Strings
This game is like “I Spy the Heart” above only have a string on the heart and only let that show.
17. How Many Kisses?
Guessing game with a jar full of “chocolate kisses”.
18. Heart Stomp
Using red hearts cut from construction paper taped to the floor, players walk around going from heart to heart. When the music stops, they must find a heart to stomp on. The player that is not on a heart is “out”. This is like musical chairs only using hearts.
19. St. Valentine Says…
Like Simon Says….
20. Valentine Pictionary
Use words like: candy, heart, love, Valentine, kiss, envelope, letter, lollipop, balloon, cupid, arrow, flowers, etc.
21. Steal My Heart
Give kids chopsticks and have them transfer Valentine candy hearts from one bowl to another using only the chopsticks. Two pencils also work for this game if you don’t have chopsticks.
Take Valentine heart candies and see how high they can stack them before they fall! Give a set time limit. More than one player can do this at a time or do it in pairs.
23. Valentine Printables for Valentine Memory Games, etc.
Go to : spoonful
The next three ideas that I like come from this site: Kaboose
They have other games, too, that would work for large groups or classrooms.
24. Straw and Valentine Cup Relay
For this game you need a bendable straw for each player and a Valentine Cup for each team. Players hold the bendable end in their mouth and pass the Valentine cup using only the straw. If the cup falls, it goes back to the beginning or for younger kids, just go back one player.
25. Heart Stomp Relay
Cut out large red hearts. Give each team two large hearts. Players on each team must step on one heart and then take the heart from behind and place it ahead so they can continue on. They always take the one from behind and move it forward to get to the goal. They cannot move unless they are stepping on a heart. Players run back with the hearts to the next player.
26. Red Licorice Chew
This is where each player gets one string of red licorice (use Twizzlers Pull-A-Parts). Without using hands, players must get the licorice all the way in their mouth by chewing. This makes for funny pictures! Get your camera out!
Have approx. 15 hearts that are various sizes. Players must put them in order from smallest to largest. Time each person or race against two players at the same time.
28. Stop in The Name of Love
Take a small heart pillow or small Valentine stuffed animal and pass like a “hot potato” while the music plays. When the music stops, the person holding the animal is out. Play continues until one player is left.
This next game is from Birthdayinabox
29. Valentine Candy Relay
Team members must run to a spot, unwrap a candy and eat it completely before they run back and tag the next person. A good candy to use is Hershey’s Kisses as they are hard to unwrap, but go down easily.
30. Heart Tic-Tac-Toe
Make paper hearts with a Tic-Tac-Toe board on it and kids use candy hearts of one color to play.
31. Lots of Minute to Win It Games for Valentines here:
32. Heart Toss
Outline a heart on the floor either with tape or cut a large one out. Use bean bags (heart-shaped?) to toss. Anything landing inside the outline counts as a point. Give kids a set amount of tries. I noticed that www.orientaltrading.com has an inflatable Valentine game that is very much like this. If you play the Heart Basketball Game, use that heart for the target area. Dollar stores have little Valentine soft toys to use as bean bags.
+ Heart Throb Match
In this game, teams or individuals find the match for the things that belong together. Use famous couples (for adults), famous cartoon couples, or items like : cream & sugar, cookies & milk, etc. The leader says the first part and the teams or individuals write down the second part. Another variation is to put 1/2 of the match on the back of one person and the other half on the back of another. Without knowing what is on their back, they need to ask “yes or no” questions to find out their half and then look for the other matching half.
+ Heart Drop
For this game, you need a sturdy chair. Players kneel on the seat backwards and reach over the back of the chair to drop valentine hearts in a jar. Use a large pickle jar so the heart candies don’t bounce out. Give them 20 hearts to try. Count the hearts in the jar and then it is the next person’s turn. Person with the highest number in the jar, wins!
+ Coloring Pages
+ Heart Bowling
Take ten empty water or pop bottles and put heart stickers or glue paper hearts on them. Place them like the 10 pins in bowling. Using a small stuffed Valentine animal, slide it across the floor to knock over the “pins”. Players get two tries just like bowling. Count the number of “pins” down. Repeat and keep score.
+ Pin the Heart on Cupid
Trace a Cupid on Paper and play like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”
+ Cupid’s Arrows
For this game you need Q-tips, straws, and a bowl or basket or a large paper heart target. Players place a Q-tip in the end of their straw and try to land (Cupid’s Arrows) it in the bowl, basket or on the heart set at a distance away. Give it a try it to see how far away the targets need to be for both young kids and older ones. Adjust as necessary. Points are scored for those that land inside the target area.
+ Go to Oriental Trading for more Valentine Games
The following Valentine Games are found here……. Shop party supplies and decorations at Oriental Trading Company!
1. Stretchable Flying Heart IN-32/123
Use these to fly through a cut out heart or score points for hitting numbered hearts on a door or wall.
2. Valentine Bend Game IN-32/1263
This is for two players – a Valentine version of a popular game.
3. Valentine Cupid Arrow Missiles IN-32/1471
These are fun to fly into a heart decorated box or basket. Also, play a team game and fly them to the opponents side. (like a snowball fight) After 3-5 minutes, the team with the least number Arrow Missiles on their side wins.
4. Inflatable Valentine Game IN-32/1278
This is all done for you. Just play and have fun!
5. Valentine Bean Bag Toss Game IN-32/1546
Everything is included and ready to play.
6. Heart Ring Toss IN-32/4054
7. Valentine Disk Shooters IN-32/1526
These are fun to shoot through a hula hoop or heart!
8. Inflatable Valentine Octopus Ring Toss IN-32/305
9. Valentine Bingo IN-32/1548
The list has now grown to more than 40!
Do you have more ideas for games that I could add?
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