Valentine’s Day isn’t just about who received bouquets of flowers at work and which heart-shaped treat is the most delicious — it’s also a fun time for the kiddos. Whether they’re hosting an after-school party or you just want to make the day extra special for them, be sure you’ve got a few games to keep everyone entertained. You’ve got to burn off the sugar high somewhere, right?? Scroll down for 17 fun games that are fun for all ages.
1. DIY Heart Balloon Wall: Talk about a win-win situation: The kids will love helping you make these balloon hearts AND you’ll get a rad photo background when they’re done. Use strong double-sided tape to really anchor those babies to the wall. (via Oh Happy Day)
2. DIY Donut Twister: Literally the only thing that could make the game of Twister more fun is the addition of donuts. Print off these drool-worthy morsels and stick them onto your board for hours of sweet, sweet entertainment. (via Studio DIY)
3. DIY Valentine Tic Tac Toe Snack Craft: The best kind of game is one you can eat when you’re done. Make the frosted graham cracker “boards” beforehand and pass them out to the kiddos with a hefty handful of conversation heart playing pieces. If you’re feeling ambitious, have some marshmallows and chocolate on hand to turn the boards into s’mores after the winners have been declared. (via Sippy Cup Mom)
4. DIY Valentine’s Day Paper Heart Bracelets: Here’s an easy project that requires very few supplies, but will keep your mini Galentines totally entertained. Pro tip: Use a heart paper punch to make this DIY so much faster. (via Merriment Design)
5. DIY Race to Fill the Cup Counting Game: What about a super fun game that doubles as a learning activity? Whether you’ve got beginners or more advanced kids (add another dice in the mix to help them practice addition), this colorful game will keep them totally enthralled. (via Mom Inspired Life)
6. DIY Valentine Shaving Cream Heart Art: Get them hooked on DIYs at a young age with this fab project. They’ll think it’s pure magic that shaving cream can create such a pretty pattern, and you’ll love the easy, peasy clean up. (via Hello, Wonderful)
7. DIY Ring Toss: Ring toss is a carnival game staple that’s entertaining for all age groups. Paint glass bottles in shades of pink and purple (full ones work best since they don’t fall over as easily), shape pipe cleaners in heart-shaped rings and get to tossin’. (via Handmade Charlotte)
8. DIY Valentine’s Day I Spy Printable: Hand out these printable sheets and let the kids compete to match up ALL the cupcakes and rainbows. And don’t worry — there’s an answer sheet, so no missing treat goes un-spied. (via Live Laugh Rowe)
9. DIY Balloon Pop: Cupid might get a run for his money when you hand out wooden arrow “darts” to all the kiddos. Hot glue balloons to a heart-shaped piece of foam core and make the arrows out of wooden dowels and cardstock. Then step back and make sure you give the mini-cupids plenty of room to avoid any accidental injuries. (via Handmade Charlotte)
10. DIY Glittery Block Puzzle Valentines: Depending on how much of a mess you want, you could either make these ahead of time or hand out the paint and let the kids decorate these puzzle blocks themselves. (via Studio DIY)
14. DIY Valentine’s Day Skeeball: We’ll take this heart-shaped version of the classic carnival game any day. The main structure is made of foam core, so it’s fairly easy to build, and you and your kiddos will have lots of fun decorating it too. (via Handmade Charlotte)
15. DIY Valentine Minute to Win It: Give the classic minute-to-win-it game a festive makeover with heart-themed challenges. This tutorial has everything from candy pick up to conversation heart stack-up and marshmallow toss. Get your timers ready — the competition is about to get fierce. (via Makoodle)
16. DIY Free Printable Galentine’s Day Tattoos: Did you know you can make your own temporary tattoos with nothing more than a printer and tattoo paper? Snag the free printables from this DIY, or let the kids help you make their very own heart-themed tattoos. (via Studio DIY)
17. DIY Kawaii Heart Balloons: Head to your dollar store to find inexpensive heart-shaped balloons, then let the kids decorate them with vinyl eyes, mouths, eyelashes and anything else they want. The best part? You can let them take the balloons home as a fun DIY party favor. (via A Bubbly Life)
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