Games to Play for Valentine's Day

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Use candy conversation hearts in the toss game.
Use candy conversation hearts in the toss game. (Image: Linda Lewis/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Whether you are hosting a Valentine’s party in your classroom or at home for your children, be sure to plan several party games. Games will keep the kids entertained and ensure they have an enjoyable time. Awarding Valentine's-themed prizes to all game winners will keep the children excited for the next game.

Heart Matching

Cut several hearts out of construction paper and cut them in half to make two pieces (like a broken heart). Write pairs of items that go together on the two heart pieces, such as cookies and milk, Romeo and Juliet, eggs and bacon, and peanut butter and jelly. Mix the hearts up and have the children stand in a line. Give them each one half of a heart face down so they cannot see what the heart says. When you say “go,” each child must find the person who has the correct half to his heart. The first five teams to find the correct half win a prize.

"Left Right" Prize Game

For every 10 players in this game, you will need at least four prizes. Use Valentine's-themed prizes, such as plush animals, boxed chocolates or Valentine's candy. Wrap the gifts to keep the children in suspense throughout the game. Have all the children sit in a circle and hand the gifts out to random kids. Print or make up your own "left and right" story. These stories are available online and at many retail stores. The story consists of the words "left" and "right" repeated several times. When you read the story, every time you say the word "left," the children have to pass the gifts to the left. When you say "right," the children have to pass the gifts to the right. At the end of the story, the children holding the gifts get to open them up and keep them.

Conversation Candy Toss

Purchase a large bag of conversation candy hearts and several red plastic buckets. On each bucket, write a point value in black permanent marker. Mark a standing line and place the buckets about 10 feet from the standing line. Buckets with a higher point value need to go further away from the standing line and buckets with a low point value need to be closer. Each child will stand on the line and try to toss 15 conversation hearts into the buckets. Write down each child’s score, and the child with the highest score at the end of the game wins a prize.

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