I am helping plan Ava's school Valentine's Day party right now. This is our third party and it's getting harder to come up with new ideas for games and crafts. Thank goodness for Pinterest. Here's what we came up with:
We're going to start by reading the book "The Day It Rained Hearts" by Felicia Bond. Then we will split the kids into two groups. One group will make this craft that we found on the I Heart Crafty Things blog:
We don't have plastic sewing needles for the kids to lace the rain drops so instead we plan to make hole punches in the paper and tape around the end of a piece of blue yarn (like the end of a shoe lace) to help them thread the yarn through the hole punches. If that's still too hard, we will have blue markers on hand and the kids can connect the dots (i.e.; hole punches) to make it look like rain falling.
The other half of the class will be making treats! We have to work around a few food allergies so we are buying Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts (which are nut free) for the kids to decorate with red or pink cake icing and Valentines sprinkles.
If they finish their treat early, we will have activity pages that they can work on. Click here for a bunch of Valentine's Day Word Searches.
Click here for the heart matching game below:
You can also find lots of free Valentine's Day coloring pages online.
To end the party, we are going to play a game called "Love Thy Neighbor". To prepare the game, we cut 10 paper hearts in half. Each heart is uniquely decorated and cut. Each child will be given half of a heart and the object of the game is to find their "heart match". Once they find their "heart match", they will sit down with their partner and color a picture for each other. For older kids, you could have them write down three things that they like about the other person. We found this cute template on Twisty Noodle:
I think it will be a fun party! Thankfully, Kindergartens are pretty easy to please!
Happy Valentine's Day!