I’m signed up to help with my daughter’s Valentine classroom party this year. I love elementary schools during the holidays, especially Valentines. There’s so many fun ways to decorate and celebrate with hearts. While I was thinking of what I’m going to help with during my daughter’s party, I thought I’d share my ideas here. Are you helping with a party this year? Possibly a Room Parent?
I’ve broken it down by activity below, as I think it’s best to have rotating stations. You can easily fill 1 hour with 4-5 stations set up around the room. Each station sharing something different for the kids to do, eat, or create for about 10-15 minutes at a time. You can always gather everyone together at the end to eat their snack and listen to a story.
Here’s a few ideas for games, crafts, food, and story time:
GAMES for a Valentine’s Party:
- Heart Healthy Exercise – This is one of my favorites, I do it almost every year. The kids get into it and it will keep them going for a good 10 minutes. And the kids are exercising, even better. **If you’d like to download a free printable version of this board, visit Fantastic Find who created one the kids can take home!
- Valentine Heart Puzzles – You can make these ahead of time and the kids have to figure them out, or this can be a fun craft for the kids. Maybe have the kids swap puzzles and try to put each other’s puzzles back together.
- Teacher Heart Attack – Give your child’s teacher a “heart attack” by having all the kids write down what they love about their teacher on a heart. Then take each heart and tape them up on her door or onto a giant poster sized heart. He or she will LOVE it.
- Giant Heart Tic Tac Toe – Create a tic tac toe game board with a red poster and a few handmade heart bean bags. You could make a few of these so 4-6 kids could be playing all at the same time.
- Hide and Seek the Heart – Again, with the same handmade bean bags from the tic tac toe game, you can play a game of hide and seek. This is best done with the whole class. Have one child leave the room. Another child will hide the heart, and then the first child will come in and find it. The other children can help by saying hot or cold!
- Heart Letter Match – this game could be played with any type of learning objective. You could create 3-4 games of these and let the kids match them up and take turns with each set.
CRAFTS for a Valentine’s Party:
- Paper Heart Lei – this is fun to have each child create, simply with straws and hearts. Here’s a video I’ve done making cutting hearts a breeze!
- Pipe Cleaner Heart Glasses – or love goggles if you will. With just 3 pipe cleaners, each child in the class will go home with a fun new pair of glasses!
- Valentine’s Coloring Pages – download and print off these free coloring pages. If you’re done with a specific activity early, these are a great way to keep the kids focused at their station.
- Heart Pop Up Cards – There are so many ways to create a pop up card. If you have the supplies ready, the kids can come up with what ever they’d like to add to make a pop.
FOOD for a Valentine’s Party:
- Heart Shaped Cookies Creatures – Make a big batch of heart shaped sugar cookies and let the kids decorate them to look like fun heart shaped creatures.
- Heart Shaped Snack – you can pretty much form or cut a heart into any snack for kids. Cheese, crackers, cookies, bread, watermelon, strawberries. You could even make a fun heart shaped snack kabob on a wood skewer.
- Marshmallow Heart Necklaces – These are too cute and the kids will love to thread through a marshmallow, making a fun necklace. This idea comes from Cute Food For Kids.
STORY TIME for a Valentine’s Party:
- Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse – from the creator of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Cute story!
- The Day it Rained Hearts – this story fits living in Seattle!
- The Night Before Valentines – follows the rhyme from the night before Christmas.
- Amelia Bedelia’s Valentines – she is always doing silly things.
Here are a few more links to party ideas and classroom parties:
- Room Mom Spot by Volunteer Spot
- Love Crush Party by Hostess with the Mostess
- Milk and Cookie Valentine Party ideas from Pizzazzerie
What are you planning to do? If you’re helping in your child’s classroom, share what fun ideas and crafts you’re going to create.