VALENTINE’S DAY PARTY IDEAS FOR KIDS
Can you remember as a kid the eager anticipation of all the Valentine cards friends and childhood crushes would stuff into your decorated Valentine box? Of course, that was only part of the holiday fun.
Whether you’re helping out with your child’s Valentine’s Day party at school or planning one at home, there are so many creative ways to keep kids busy and make their party a blast. Try some of the following Valentine’s Day party ideas kids are sure to love.
Valentine’s Day Party Ideas: Crafts
Heart suncatcher. Lay out a sheet of wax paper in front of each child. Then have the kids cut red, pink, and white tissue paper into squares or other shapes. Next, lay a tissue square on the wax paper, and brush it with liquid starch. Continue by overlapping the pieces of tissue to create an 8” x 8” collage. When the collage is dry, carefully peel the tissue away from the wax paper. Cut the collage into a big heart. Then put a single hole punch in the heart, and thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through it to hang it.
Heart structures. Provide each child a supply of gummy hearts and toothpicks, and let their creativity take over. They can build a house, sphere, rocket, airplane, or whatever their imagination desires.
Finger paint Valentine. Fold a piece of paper in half, and cut out a large heart. Next, place the paper with the big heart-shaped hole on top of another piece of paper. Dip a finger or thumb into the paint, and make a finger impression within the heart-shaped area. Alternate colors and fingers until the whole area is filled with colorful fingerprints. When done, remove the top sheet, and you’ll have a colorful heart image underneath.
Valentine candle holder. Give each child a glass jar. Have them start by cutting red, white, and pink tissue paper into small hearts or other shapes. Using a mixture of one part flour to two parts water and a paintbrush, paste the tissue shapes onto the jar overlapping each other until the jar is completely covered.
Valentine’s Day Party Ideas: Games
Musical hearts. This game is played similar to musical chairs. Cut out enough hearts for the number of players. On each heart, write an action such as “rub your belly,” “dance,” and “pretend you’re an elephant.” When the music stops, everyone must act out the heart they landed on.
Pin the heart on the Tin Man. Draw the Tin Man on a large sheet of poster board, then cut it out. Have each kid cut out a heart from construction paper. Then blindfold and spin each child around, and have them try to place the heart on the Tin Man’s chest.
Candy heart bingo. Buy a Valentine’s Day bingo game available through many online retailers. Then use candy hearts for the markers.
Valentine’s Day word find. Have each kid write ‘Valentine’s Day Cupid’ on a sheet of paper. Then have them write down as many words as they can make from it. Offer prizes for the most words, longest word, and the most rhyming words.
Valentine’s Day Books
What would a Valentine’s Day party be without a special Valentine’s story or two? Read out loud to younger kids. If they’re readers, have each kid take a turn reading a page.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Charlie Brown Charles M. Schulz, Ages 5 – 7
Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine Herman Parish and Lynne Avril, Ages 4 – 8
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime Barbara Park and Denise Brunkas, Ages 6 – 9
Thomas in Town: Valentine’s Day in Vicarstown Rev. W. Awdry, Ages 3 – 7
Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, Ages 4 – 8
Ruby Valentine and the Sweet Surprise Laurie B. Friedman and Lynne Avril, Ages 5 – 9
by Kimberly Blaker
Posted: February 6, 2018
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