By Sarina Peddy*, Teacher Extraordinaire
Ah! The special day that celebrates our love for each other is just around the corner! Valentine’s Day is another opportunity to add some extra blessings to your family’s day. Why not pick a few of these fun games to make the day more memorable? Valentine’s Day isn’t just for sweethearts; it can be for families too! In my classroom this Valentine’s Day, I will be sending home a couple of these fun games for my students to try with their families. Why not give it a try and celebrate the day together with your kids, grandkids, or grandfriends!
Who Do You Love?*
This is a great game for your family if you have small children. No winners or losers!
Arrange chairs in a circle so the seats are facing inside.
The player who is “it” stands in the center of the circle and the other kids sit in the chairs facing him or her.
The “it” approaches one of the seated children and asks, “Who do you love?” The player who is approached must come up with an answer, such as “I love everyone wearing pink” or “I love everyone who has a dog,” and then anyone wearing pink or all those who have a pet dog must stand up and scramble to find a new seat.
Players cannot shift to the seat next to them, should it become vacant. They must move at least two chairs away from their original spot.
In the meantime, “it” should try to sit down in one of the vacant chairs.
Once everyone finds a spot, the one player left standing becomes the new “it” and must then approach a seated player and ask, “who do you love?”
Play until everyone wants to stop!
Valentine’s Day Party Word Mix *
Need some giggles on Valentine’s Day? Here’s the game for your crew.
Before the game, write 30 different Valentine’s Day related words on index cards. Examples could be “love,” “hearts” or “roses.” Mix the cards up and place them in the middle of a table and have each person select two cards. Each person then composes a song or poem with those two words in it and then reads their poem or sings their song aloud for the entire family.
Set up a circle of chairs with enough chairs for half the number of participants, plus one. Half of the players should stand behind the chairs, with the other half sitting in them. Make sure there is one empty chair with a person standing behind it. The person standing behind the empty chair is “it.” “It” then picks one of the people sitting in the chairs and winks at them. The person in the chair has to race to the empty chair before the person standing behind her tags her. If she is tagged, she remains in her seat and “it” winks at another person. If the person in the chair gets into the empty chair, the person behind her is the new “it.”
Place a lot of hearts in various places around the house. Give kids a basket or cup in which to place all the hearts they find. Either establish a time limit or end the game when all the hearts are found. Count hearts to see who got the most and reward them with a prize!
Love Your Smile!*
Everyone sits in a circle. The first player smiles and tries to get each person to also smile. They get a point for each person they can get to smile on their turn. When their turn is over, they “wipe the smile off their face” and it is the next person’s turn!
Cut a heart-shaped frame out of a corrugated cardboard box and spray-paint it red or pink. Hang it from a doorway or have two adults hold it. Blow up red balloons and tie the ends. Kids try to score by batting/hitting the balloons through the opening of the heart to score a point.
*Sarina Peddy lives and teaches preschool in East Hampton, New York. She loves helping children expand their creativity, stretch their imagination, and explore their environment.
*Game ideas reprinted from https://thefrugalgirls.com/2013/01/valentines-day-games-for-kids.html