12 Coolest Valentines Day School Party Games -- Part 3

12 Coolest Valentines Day School Party Games — Part 3

There is nothing worse than trying to entertain 25 kids hyped-up on sugar for an hour during your Valentine’s Day classroom party. To help make it easier on you, and more fun for those over-active sugar addicts, check-out these 12 Coolest Valentine’s Day School Party Games — Part 3. From preschoolers to 6th graders, everyone will have a blast and make that hour fly by!

PRESCHOOL, KINDERGARTEN & 1ST GRADE

1. DIY Printable Heart Hopscotch Game

DIY Printable Heart Hopscotch Game Collage

heart hopscotch Collage

What you will need:

  • DIY Printable Heart Hopscotch game PDF file {HERE}
  • Card stock
  • Painter’s tape (to tape squares down to floor)
  • Marker of some kind (plastic lid, bean bag, heart pillow, small stuffed animal)

Directions: Print your DIY Printable Heart Hopscotch sheets {HERE}. You can layout your hopscotch squares however you see fit. Using painter’s tape, tape your squares down to the ground so they stay put. You might even want to laminate your squares. To Play: The first player tosses a marker (plastic lid, bean bag, heart pillow, small stuffed animal) unto the first square; it must land within the confines of the square without bouncing out or touching a line. The player then hops through the course, making sure to skip the square with the marker on it. When they get to square 10 they turn around and go back through the course, stopping to bend over on one leg to pick up their marker, then hopping over the square the marker was on and finishing course. Players hop in single squares with one foot (either foot is fine), and use two feet for the side by side squares, one in each square. Upon completion of the hop sequence, the player hands the marker to the next person in line. Players need to be careful when tossing their marker or they could lose a turn. Loss of turn occurs when a player: steps on a line, misses a square with her marker toss or loses balance. If a player loses their turn, they will begin their next turn where they last left off. The first player to finish one full course for each numbered square is the winner — careful not to step on any lines!

2. Hugs and Kisses

Directions: This is a Valentine’s Day version of Simon Says. A leader faces the players and calls out commands. “Hug!” means hold your arms up over your head to form a circle (like the “O” in “XOXO” for kisses and hugs). “Kiss!” means move into a jumping-jack position, with feet and arms out wide to form an X. Any other command means stay still or you are out. Play several short rounds so that several kids get a chance to be the leader and no one sits out for long. Originally from About.com {here}.

3. Heart Toss Game

heart toss game

What you will need:

  • 1 piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Hole Punch
  • Tape
  • Many pieces of pink construction paper

Directions: Cut a heart out of the 12×12 scrapbook paper. Cut out another heart out of the middle of that heart and set aside for some other project. Using a hole punch, string and tape, hang your heart wreath in a door way. Wad up many pieces of the pink construction paper to make balls to toss (about 10). Take turns trying to toss all 10 paper balls through the heart. Have kids count how many balls they get through the heart. Originally from LittleFamilyFun.com {here}.

4. Heart Relay

heart relay

What you will need:

  • Conversation hearts
  • 4 plastic cups
  • 2 spoons

Directions: Divide kids into two teams. Fill two cups with conversation hearts and place two empty cups a few feet away. The first players of each team has one minute to move as many hearts from the full cup to the empty cup using a spoon. At the end of the minute, the next person in line goes. The team that moved the most conversation hearts wins. Originally from MaKoodle.com {here}.

2ND, 3RD & 4TH GRADES

5. Catch My Heart

catch my heart

What You Need:

  • 3 or 4 red balls or heart-shaped bean bags

Directions: This game works best with a group of five to 12 players. Have the children sit or stand in a circle facing each other. Hand one player a red ball or heart-shaped bean bag. Tell the player holding the ball to call out another player’s name and then gently toss the ball to them. The player whose name was called catches the ball and then announces another player’s name and throws it to them. Continue this until all the players get a chance throwing and catching the ball. Give the kids some time to feel comfortable with this and challenge them to see how long they can continue without dropping the ball. Once everyone’s feeling confident, throw a second ball into the mix. Now they must keep two balls going without dropping either one. Again, once they get the hang of that, throw a third ball into the game. And a fourth, if they can handle it. Have the players see how long they can keep the balls in the air. Start a new round once a ball drops. Originally from About.com {here}.

6. Chop Stick Dig

chop stick dig

What you will need:

  • 2 big bowls filled with popcorn and small pieces of candy
  • 2 cups
  • 2 pairs of kid’s chop sticks

Directions: Divide kids into two teams. First players of each team must try to get as many pieces of candy out of their bowl of popcorn and into their cup within 60 seconds. When time is up, the next person goes  until everyone has had a turn. The team with the most candy in their cup wins. Originally from CatchMyParty.com {here}.

7. Valentine’s HedBanz

valentine_hedbanz

What You Need:

  • DIY head bands for each player (i.e., scarf tied around head, piece of yarn tied around head)
  • Valentine’s HedBanz printable cards from TheCraftingChicks.com {here}

Directions: To play, have each person wear a head band around their forehead. Each player inserts a Valentine’s HedBanz printable card facing out into their head band without looking at it. They then ask questions to the other players before the timer goes off to try to figure out what their card is. If they get it before their time is up they get to pick another card and keep asking questions until their time expires. Then it’s the next person’s turn. When it comes around to you again, you pick up asking questions where you left off before. Originally from TheCraftingChicks.com {here}.

8. Valentine’s Bean Bag Toss

Valentine Bean Bag Toss

What you will need:

  • 4 sheets of poster board (I used 2 hot pink, 1 white and 1 red.)
  • 1 sheet of 8.5″ by 11″ white card stock (you could use plain white paper)
  • Packing tape
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2-4 bean bags
  • Piece of paper and pencil to keep track of points

Directions: To make your game board, follow these instructions at The Real Thing with Coake Family {here}. To Play: Divide kids into 2 teams. Standing behind a marked line, the first player of each team throws 1 bean bag per turn. The players then write down their points on a piece of paper and then collect their bean bags and hand to the next person in line. Once everyone has had a turn, then each teams needs to add up their points. The first team that gets to 100 wins. Originally from RealCoake.com {here}.

5TH & 6TH GRADES

9. DIY Printable What Kind of Candy Am I?

What Kind of Candy Am I? Game What Kind of Candy Am I? Game

What you’ll need:

  • 1 per team: What Kind of Candy Am I? Questions PDF Printable {HERE}
  • The leader just needs a copy of the What Kind of Candy Am I? Answers printable
  • Pencils

Directions: Print the What Kind of Candy Am I? printable – one per team. Split your group into 2 teams. Within 5 minutes, see which team can get the most correct answers.

10.  The M&M Hunt Game

What you’ll need:

  • M&M’s
  • Plastic Baggies
  • Clues in Envelopes

Preparation: Before the party, create some clues telling the location of plastic baggies containing M&Ms. The clues can be as easy or hard as you make them…keep in mind the ages and abilities of your guests. You’ll want each team to visit every hidden M&M location, but in a different order. So make copies of the same clues for each team, put them into envelopes, and number the envelopes. This will be fun because you’ll have party guests running all over! Hide the baggies of M&M’s prior to the party, or you can wait just before time to play the game and then hide the bags (if you can do it without being noticed.) Assign a point value to each color of M&M (for example: green is worth 1 point, red is worth 2 points, etc. – whatever you decide!)

To Play: Divide guests into teams. Give each team clue envelopes. Give each team a plastic baggie for collecting M&Ms at each hidden location. This is very important! Tell each team to take THREE M&Ms from each hiding spot. They can select any three they wish, but ONLY three.
Tell the teams that each color of M&M is worth a certain number of points, but don’t tell them the point values. The fun will be that they don’t know what each M&M is worth…The team with the most points at the end wins. Originally from Easy-Party-Ideas-and-Games.com {here}.

11. Defying Gravity

defying-gravity game

What you will need:

  • 2-4 balloons

Directions: Each player takes a turn trying to keep 2 balloons in the air for 1 minute. It looks harder than it is! Originally from FreshArtPhotography.com {here}.

12. Back-to-Back Challenge

What you’ll need:

  • Nothing is needed other than kids partnering-up!

Directions: Let all the players select a partner and sit on the floor back-to-back with their partners. Each player should bend his knees and the teammates need to interlock elbows. On, “Go,” all teams try to stand up without letting go of each other. The first team to stand up wins the game. This activity is much harder than it sounds. Originally from Ehow.com {here}.

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