Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Do you plan parties to help celebrate?
As a room mom in my son’s classroom, part of my job is to plan, organize, and run the Valentine’s Day class party.
Let me put it this way…it is my job to keep 20-25 kids focused and on task for an hour or so – no small feat!
These 6 activities are GREAT for a class party or for playing at home. We also have a roundup of more craft-based activities to do with the family!
Planning a Valentine’s Class Party
I usually start thinking about this party in January so that I can start planning with the other room moms for the same classroom. As a group, we start with a blank slate and each of us throws out ideas. Then we begin eliminating or adding ideas, depending on how much time we have for the party.
Magic Formula for a successful party
I believe there is a magic formula to planning classroom parties. It’s about finding that perfect balance between active games and more calm activities, such as crafts. And don’t forget about the yummy food! Here is my basic formula that I have adopted after planning several of these parties:
Start with 4 groups/stations (if need more due to large numbers of kids, see ideas below):
- a “food group”…snacks and/or any food project like cookie decorating
- “craft group”…artwork, put together a craft to take home, etc
- an “active game group”…some version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, bowling, ring toss, etc
- “semi-active game group”…Minute-to-Win-it games, puzzles, Don’t Eat Pete, etc.
This year we decided to play Valentine’s Day Bingo! However, I didn’t already have a set, and I didn’t want to spend money to buy one. So I set about making one of my own! It’s finally done and I want to share it with you to make your party planning faster and easier.
I believe there’s a trick to finding that great balance between active games and more stationary games or crafts in classroom parties. Bingo is a great stationary game, and kids LOVE it!
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Other fun activities
Bean Bag toss Tic Tac Toe…the ideal active game!
10 minutes to paint Xs and Os on the cornhole bags.
5 minutes to set up the game
- Mini Cornhole bags. You want the 4″ x 4″ rather than standard cornhole size bean bags. I bought these, and loved them – they were sturdy and amazing! *See note below about how many to buy
- 2 bottles of puff paint (1 bottle red, 1 bottle white).
- Masking Tape – red is a fun color!
All you have to do is take bean bags (or corn hole bags) and paint Xs and Ox on top of them with puff paint or any kind of fabric paint. Be sure to use the opposite color paint on the bags (ex: red paint on the white cornhole bags) to make it stand out!
Take a roll of masking or painter’s tape and create a tic tac toe board on the floor. I recommend also using the tape to make a “toss line”… you know, the line that you have to stand behind when you toss. Otherwise, the kids run all over the board!
I got this idea from a friend 2 years ago, and it has been a major hit with Kindergarteners through 4th or 5th graders. My own kids (1st grade, 2nd grade and 4th grade) have been playing it constantly since I made the board on the floor!
The beauty of this game is that it is completely customizable…choose the bean bag colors you want (I chose red and white for Valentine’s Day), the paint colors you want, and make the board any size you want.
I typically stick with the standard 3×3 board, but if you want to try this with older kids and make it a little more challenging, try a 4×4 or 5×5 board (if you have the space). Just make sure you have enough bean bags to play!
*For a 3×3 board, you would want 5 bean bags of each color. A 4×4 board would require 9 bean bags of each color. For a 5×5 board, you would need a whopping 13 bean bags of each color!*
Conversation Heart games
These 2 Minute-to-win-it-style games are instant hits!
For one game, simply stack as many hearts as you can in one minute. Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds! If the stack falls over, you have to start from the beginning. The person with highest stack at the end of a minute wins!
The second conversation heart game is to use chop sticks to move as many as you can from one bowl to another. The person with the most conversation hearts in the new bowl at the end of a minute wins!
There you go! 6 Valentine’s Day activities that will surely be hits with your kids – all of mine absolutely love them, and I love how easy they are to execute!
We hope you like these ideas and can use them in your class parties! Comment below – what are Valentine’s Day activities that you enjoy doing with your family?