Valentine’s Day is a crowd fave for little ones. With the giving and receiving kids’ valentines plus *all* those heart-shaped treats, it’s no wonder they love it so much. If your little one is throwing a V-Day party, or you’re just trying to keep them busy while you enjoy the holiday, DIY a few games for them to play. They’ll be tic-tac-toe-ing and bingo-ing their little hearts out in no time. Major bonus: Most of these involve candy, which can be gobbled up after. Check out our faves below.
1. Valentine’s Tic-Tac-Toe Card: Kick your traditional tic-tac-toe game up a notch with this Valentine’s printable and use M&Ms as the Xs and Os. The best part? You can eat the pieces after you play. Score! (via Seven Thirty Three)
2. Valentine Hearts Spelling Game: If your little one is learning how to spell, teach them with this fun game that uses DIY conversation hearts and Scrabble or Bananagram pieces. They’ll be spelling “I love you” before you know it. (via Coffee Cups and Crayons)
3. Valentine Scavenger Hunt: Put together a scavenger hunt that your kiddo can play on February 14. Pro tip: The prize at the end of the hunt can be a collection of delish candy, because that’s obviously their favorite part of V-Day. (via Project Nursery)
4. Valentine Memory Game: TBH, us adults love memory games just as much as the kids do. DIY colorful hearts and play this with your mini me on Valentine’s Day. You could also use the leftover hearts for a fun, heart-filled art project. (via Dandee Designs)
5. Valentine Tumble Game: Bored of your classic Jenga game? Upgrade it with this DIY by adding things like “tell me a joke” and “sing me a song” to make the activity that much more fun. (via Tried + True)
8. Bursting Hearts Game: Keep ’em busy with this bursting hearts idea. Simply fill cups with candy and prizes, then cover with tissue paper and secure with a rubber band. Your kid and their friends will love getting little surprises from each cup. (via Balancing Home)
9. Conversation Hearts Stacking Game: We’re sure you have a few extra boxes of conversation hearts laying around. Put them to good use and have a competition with your little ones to see who can stack the most in one minute. (via Makoodle)
10. Valentine’s Candy Pick Up: For this game, throw candy on a plate and grab a pair of chopsticks. See how many pieces of candy your child can pick up in one minute, and whoever moves the most wins. Winner gets all the candy. (via Makoodle)
What’s your favorite kid-friendly game to play on Valentine’s Day? Tweet them to us @britandco!