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Valentine's Day Games, Party Ideas, Scavenger Hunt, Movies and Recipes

As a girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom parent for both of my children I have planned many Valentine's Day Parties.  You will find some great games, recipes, crafts and movies for kids parties listed below.

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Valentine Bingo Craft/Game

Items Needed:

Construction paper


Magic markers

Two large bags of candy hearts

Small bag or box


Make the bingo cards. To create each card, cut the construction paper into a five-inch square. Use a ruler to draw five equally spaced rows and columns with a marker, creating 25 squares. Have each player count out 25 candy hearts and write the saying from each candy in a square. (It's OK if the same saying appears on several of your candy hearts.)

Start playing. All players throw their 25 hearts into one bag or box. Pick one person to be the "caller." The caller shakes up the bag, then pulls one heart out of the bag at a time and reads the saying out loud. Using coins or extra candy hearts as markers, players mark the called sayings that appear on their cards. The first player to line up five hearts across, down, or diagonally yells "Bingo!"

 Cookie Decorating

Make a heart-shaped cookie ahead of time for each child.

Prepare colorful frostings (pink, red, and white.

Get Valentine sprinkles

Purchase Valentine candy  such as red hot candies, conversation hearts etc..

Let the fun begin

 Heart Penny Pitch

Use several small paper or cardboard hearts or one large heart.

Place the heart(s) a couple feet away.

Give each player ten pennies.

Every time a penny goes onto the heart, a piece of candy is won.

Donut Bite

Wrap an old mop handle up in red and pink crepe paper with matching ribbon.

Purchase enough donuts for each child.

Loop ribbon through the donut hole.  Tie the other end of the ribbon to the decorated mop handle.  Hold mop so that children have to kneel to reach the donut.  The object is to see who can grab the donut with their teeth -- without hands!  For older kids you may want to cover their eyes with a bandana.  Hang a new donut for each player. If you want you can time each player to see how long it takes. Shortest time wins.

Musical Hearts

Give each child one sheet of large red construction paper. Have them cut it into the shape of a heart and using markers, glue sticks, sparkles, scissors, construction paper etc… decorate their hearts.

For smaller groups place a heart  on the back of a folding chair.  Or if you have a large group place the hearts  like stepping stones on the floor rather than using chairs.

Follow the usual rules for musical chairs,  When you stop the music, everyone rushes to find a chair or heart.  The player left without one is out of the game; he takes his heart and trades it for a cupcake. The game continues, with you removing a chair/heart at the start of each round, until one child is left sitting. A bag of Hershey kisses can be given to the winner along with a cupcake.

Hop Game

Divide the kids into two groups and put them in a straight line.

Give each team a small stuffed Valentine heart.

Have the first person in each line place the heart between their legs and hop to the other end of the room and back.

They give the heart to the next child in line and the process repeats until everyone has had a turn.  The first team to finish wins.


Valentine Relay

Cut out a heart for each child and an extra one if you have an odd number of kids.

Write a different instruction on each heart such as hop, walk backwards, take giant steps, take baby steps.  Make two of each instruction so that you have one for each team.

Divide the kids into 2 groups and put them in line.

Put the hearts at the other end of the room in two piles.

On your command the first person in line should run up to the pile, take a heart and follow the instructions to get back to his team.  Play goes to the next person and the game continues. The first team done wins


Balloon Bust

Divide the group into two teams.  Blow up red or pink balloons and tie one to everyone's ankles. Say "go" and watch the teams trying to burst the other team's balloons first. The team with the last balloon wins. As your balloon is burst you withdraw from the game.

Valentine Air Balloons

Keep the balloons floating in the air while thinking and saying words from a chosen category. 

To begin get everyone into a circle and start the balloon going around from player to player keeping the balloon in the air at all times. The catch however is before he can bat the balloon each player must call out a word (no repetitions, please) to fit an agreed upon theme.


Start with cutting out footprints/hearts from construction paper.  Be sure to use colors that fit with your theme.  Label each footprint/hearts numerically.

Select goodie items like raisins, M&M's, Cheerios or Chex cereal, chocolate chips, bite size pretzels, and anything else that you think the kids would like.  Set each item out in a separate bowl.  Strategically place the bowls around the room.  Place the footprints/hearts in numeric order to guide the kids from one bowl to the next.

Give each child a plastic spoon and a Ziploc bag.  Have them follow the footprint /hearts "trail" to make their own trail mix.  Remind them only one spoonful per bowl goes into their bag.


Candy Ring

Drop a plastic table cloth on the floor (preferably red or pink).  Cover it with Valentine candy and  trinkets such as stickers, pencils etc.   Have the children stand a distance from the table cloth and toss one or two rings.  Whatever their ring encompasses they get to keep.  Be sure to have goodie bags available.  This game has always been a great hit with the kids.

Valentine Face Paint

1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
2 drops food coloring

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients, mix well. Draw a heart on everyone's face.

Heart Relay
1 Ping pong ball for each team (painted with a heart on it)
1 spoon for each team

Divide children into teams. Give the first child on each team a spoon and a ping pong ball. Set up the course to where they have to carry the "Heart" on the spoon to the end of the course and come back. Hand off to the next child and continue until all children have played on the team. First team done wins.


This is a great candy for Valentine's Day fun.

Make sugar cookies or cupcakes -- ice in red icing and add a hug or kiss to the top. (Note remove the foil first)

Create a blank Tic Tac Toe game for half the number of kids in class.  Have them pick a partner and give one of them  5-6 hugs and the other 5-6 kisses and a Tic Tac Toe sheet.  Have them play the game and then eat the kisses when play is done.

Fill a jar with hugs and kisses and have the kids guess how many are in the jar.  The winner gets a prize -- how about a large Hershey Kiss?


Have a Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt is probably one of the most popular party games and I have done them many times with my kids.  A few pointers to help you to get starated:

  • Identify Your Teams
    Divide the kids into teams and have them select a “heart filled” name for their team.  Suggestions:  Conversation Hearts, Cupid's Kids, Loving Hearts, Red Hearts
  • Select The Area For The Hunt To Take Place
    You will want to select boundaries and keep the area limited.  Use caution tape to create the boundaries.  Hide the items within the boundaries.  Make sure the lighting is adequate. You can use indoors or outdoors.
  • Bags Are Required
    Decorated  bags should be given to each child.  This will help them to navigate and keep organized.
  • Prizes Make It Fun
    Select prizes for each team.  Even if it is just a certificate of accomplishment.
  • Starter List of Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    1. Just wanted to tell you how special you are to me?
      A Valentine Card
    2. Family, Friends -- a special feeling.
      Paper with the word Love
    3. I am stuffed with something and feel really cuddly
      Stuffed animal
    4. Sweet and sugary, loved by all, makes Valentine fun.
    5. How you knew to come here tonight?
      Party Invitation
    6. Get the signature and favorite food of someone you love.
    7. I cover presents all the time?
      Wrapping Paper
    8. I float high and look pretty?
    9. List how many things you can find that are red or pink

    10. Find a heart shaped object.


Valentine Movies for Kids

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown 
A great Peanuts story where Charlie Brown dreams of getting just one Valentine's day card.

Winnie the Pooh - Un-Valentine's Day. 
Rabbit has banned Valentine's Day.

Mickey and Minnie's Sweatheart Stories. 
Contains some of Disney's best loved animated short films.  Favorites like Donald and Daisy and Mickey and Minnie are featured.

Alvin and the Chipmunks - A Chipmunk Valentine.  
Alvin turns into a Casanova when he is rejected by Brittany.  Alvin style problems arise that prove to be hilarious.