Valentine's Day - Cupid's Balloons and Don't Say a Word
Minimal planning is needed for each of these children's Valentine's Day games. They even share some of the same materials!
Materials and Directions for Cupid's Balloons
- Drawing of a large heart on poster board or chart paper
- Clothes pins
- Multi-colored balloons (these should be blown up and clipped shut with the clothes pins...not tied)
Explain to the students that Cupid is a mythical god of love, and that in the stories told he carries an arrow which he shoots at people to make them want to fall in love. They are going to play Cupid using balloons instead of arrows.
Have the first volunteer stand a bit away from the poster board heart. Take the clip off of the balloon, but keep it pinched closed with your fingers. Hand it to the child, and show him or her how to also keep it pinched closed with their fingers. Have the child stand a good ways away from the paper heart. Instruct the child to release the balloon on your command, and try to aim it at the paper heart so that it hits it.
The goal is to hit the heart with the balloon. While this may sound simple, it is not as easy as it looks. When balloons are released, they fly all over the place! Give each child several chances to hit the heart.
Materials and Directions for Don't Say a Word
- Same clothes pins from the above game - one per child
- List of forbidden words duplicated on a poster board or written on the chalkboard (love, Valentine's Day, candy, chocolate, heart, February, fourteen)
This game is best played the entire day, or at least throughout the entire party. Have students each clip a clothes pin to the front of their shirt. Show them the list of "forbidden" words. Explain to them that if they catch a classmate using one of these words, they may collect that classmate's pin (or pins) to add to their own shirt. (Stress that honesty on the part of both students is expected!) The person at the end with the most clothes pins wins! Tell students to be creative as they try to get their friends to say the "forbidden" words.