10 Fun Valentine’s Party Games for Kids
Throwing a Valentine’s Day party for your little ones and their friends? It can be hard to decide where to start planning—keeping a group of kids occupied and happy for an afternoon is not easy! Entertain them with these easy Valentine-themed games and activities. It’ll be a lovely party for sure!
Before the Party
Make sure you send out Valentine's Day party invitations at least three weeks beforehand. Skip impersonal digital invitations for cheerful pink and red paper invitations. Consider adding a small handful of heart-shaped confetti to each envelope for a whimsical touch!
The day of the party, set up the party room with decorations. Heart balloons, red and pink streamers, or anything with a Valentine’s Day motif will do! For a fancy feel, set up a “treat table” with a festive tablecloth and an arrangement of sweet snacks. As the guests arrive, get them started on a more loosely structured activity, then build up to an energetic team game once everyone is present.
Here are 10 ideas to keep the party going!
Activities Involving Food
For kids, Valentine’s Day is all about the candy. Have plenty of sweet treats on hand for these delicious activities.
Bake heart-shaped sugar or chocolate chip cookies the night before. When you’re ready to decorate, set out the cookies with a variety of red, pink and white frosting and sprinkles, as well as small bowls of assorted candy, and let the kids trim and embellish to their heart’s desire. Be sure to have a washable tablecloth over your decorating surface—this will get messy!
Marshmallow Heart Necklaces
These fun candy necklaces are great party favors. You can also use them as prizes—when someone wins a game, they can eat their marshmallow. They’re simple to make, and a great activity for the start of the party. Have kids “glue” a small candy heart to a marshmallow with frosting. Punch a hole through the middle of the marshmallow with a straw, then thread a length of string through. You can also substitute thin licorice rope for string to make the necklace entirely edible.
Game credit: Cute For Kids.
Split the kids into two teams and ask them to line up. The first in each line wears a pair of mittens and tries to unwrap a piece of candy. Once they’ve opened the candy (and eaten it), the next person goes. The first team to have everyone in line eat their candy wins.
High Activity Games
Work off the sugar rush with these games that get kids up and moving.
This one is bound to be a hit! Set up a wide circle of large foam hearts on the floor. Under each heart, write an instruction, such as “hop on one foot” or “make an elephant noise.” Put on a kid-approved CD, and have partygoers dance around the circle. When the music stops, each child must look under the heart they’ve landed on and follow the instruction. The game can last as long as you want, and it’s a great outlet for all that energy.
Game credit: Teach Mama.
This is an easy Valentine’s Day twist on Simon Says that requires no equipment and is great for the younger crowd. Have the kids take turns as “Cupid,” and add in Valentine’s Day-theme commands, such as “hug the person next you,” wherever possible.
Heart Treasure Hunt
Send the party on a great hunt for hearts! You can use paper or felt hearts, or small prizes like heart-shaped erasers or candy. Hide the hearts around the house or yard and set a time limit for the kids to search. Whoever collects the most hearts within the designated time is the winner.
This fun game also lets the guests use their critical thinking skills. Cut paper hearts down the middle and write famous pairs on each half (think “peanut butter and jelly” or “Mickey and Minnie”). Distribute the halves amongst the guests, then let them search for the person with their “matching heart.” You can play this multiple times by shuffling the heart halves and handing them out in a different order. And once everyone’s matched up, it makes a great photo op!
Crafty Ways to Have Fun
Let the kids make something special as a keepsake, or turn a small craft into a big adventure. It’s all up to you!
Decorate a Mini Valentines Mailbox
What’s Valentine’s Day without valentines? You can typically purchase mini mailboxes for cheap at a dollar or box store in the seasonal holiday section once February hits. Gather up the partygoers and provide markers, stickers, pom-poms and other accoutrements to personalize the mailboxes. Once they’re dry and ready (play a game in the meantime), set them up around the party room and let the kids “deliver” their valentine cards. Check out Tiny Prints’ selection for cute Valentine’s Day cards for kids!
Use pipe cleaners to make these super-easy hearts-for-eyes. Just bend two pipe cleaners into a heart shape, cut a small length of pipe cleaners to attach them in the middle, then add pipe cleaners to each side to hold the glasses over the ears. Voila! The kids will have a great time getting festive with these.
Game credit: Make and Takes.
Valentine Airplane Hearts
If crafting seems too mellow for your crowd, try this quick project that turns into an exciting competition. Have your guests craft airplanes out of paper hearts with a few quick folds, then place a line of tape across the room. Whoever makes it across the line is a winner! Encourage kids to try different folds to make airplanes that fly faster or longer, or give prizes to the guests whose planes fly the longest (or shortest!) distance.
As the party comes to a close, end on a high note by handing out goodie bags or party favors. Award small prizes to those who didn’t win any games with fun categories like “wearing the most red and pink” or “having a lot of fun” to send your guests on their way with a smile. And don’t get rid of your decorations and supplies just yet—save them so you’re prepared for next year’s Valentine’s Day extravaganza!