Liven up your classroom Valentine’s Day celebration by adding fun games and activities to the schedule! The best games are easy to plan, easy to set up, and easy to play, allowing kids to quickly grasp the rules and the adults to easily monitor.
Valentine’s Day-Themed Classroom Activities
Any of these games can be prepared in advance, and most will take from 10-20 minutes to set up and play, making them perfect for classroom participation.
Sweet Candy Bingo
Swap out the tokens from a traditional classroom Bingo set with Red Hots, Valentine M&Ms, or other small candies and offer small prizes for the winners. Everyone gets something sweet because even those that didn’t get Bingo still get to eat the rest of their candy. Use Sight Word Bingo or a version focused on states or history to make the game educational and fun.
Cut out large red or pink construction paper hearts, then cut each heart in half using different pairs of patterning scissors. Mix the heart pieces up in a bag and have each student draw out a half. When everyone has a half, see which kids can find their perfect match first. This game is more challenging when only a single color paper is used, but can be used for younger grades if other shades are introduced, making it easy to spot the match in a crowd.
Candy Heart Relay
Split the group into teams and give each child a plastic spoon (young kids) or pair of chopsticks (older kids). Have them relay race while carrying the candy and passing it from one participant to the next using the spoon or sticks. The first team to have all members carry the candy and complete the race wins. An active game like this can also break up the candy binges that can happen on Valentine’s Day and interject a healthier component into your party.
Conversation Heart Towers
Bring out the engineer in each child by allowing them to build the tallest structure they can with stackable candy hearts. Give each student the same amount of candy and a set time limit, then check to see who created the tallest structure. Kids who enjoy building toys and STEM challenges will love this game, and those who may lack athletic prowess get a chance to shine!
More Valentine’s Day & Classroom Celebration Ideas
If you’re looking for more ideas to include in your classroom décor and student activities, head over to the Celebrations & Themes topic page. Include a stop at the classroom décor and crafts online store to get all the paper, borders, supplies, and tools you need to make your space come to life.