valentine’s day class party ideas, 2.0
For many years now I’ve been roped into being Room Parent for my kids’ classes, and though I do love the opportunity to meet other families from the school and to get to know the kids in the class, it’s a lot of work.
More than once I’ve wished that there was a secret site that gave me all of the Valentine’s Day class party ideas I needed–the letters to send, the snacks to serve, crafts to make and the games to play.
But knowing that such a thing doesn’t exist and that each class party is different and unique, I am just sharing the love.
Whatever I’m doing as Room Parent, I’m sharing my own, gathered ’round the world Valentine’s Day class party ideas. There you have it.
I shared How to have a Rockstar Valentine’s Day class party, and now we’re back at it again. 2.0, man. 2.0.
Grab what works for you, and leave what doesn’t.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Valentine’s Day Class Party Ideas, 2.0:
The real secret to success with these parties to to keep the atmosphere light and to make sure you have a handful of awesome helpers on board.
- Parent Letter: About three weeks before the class party, chat with the teacher and ask:
- What is the timeframe for the party?
- Is there anything special you’d like for us to do?
- Do you want the kids to address each Valentine or keep them nameless? (Nameless is often better for younger kids and allows for easier, quicker distribution.)
- What are the food restrictions for the students?
- Do you know of anything that has really worked well in the past that you would recommend repeating?
Then draft a Parent Letter (you can definitely model yours after the one I’ve used here: valentines day class party letter BLANK). Head into school and make copies, and put one in each child’s cubby or take-home folder.
If the teacher suggests that Valentines be addressed to recipients, then be sure to include a copy of the class list.
- Prepare! Pow-wow with your Co-Room Parents or do a little research to figure out what will work for your party.
Make a shopping list and split the job up. I usually like collecting money from other parents and then having the Room Parents purchase the items we need. Other people like to have the job split up: one parent brings cupcakes, another juice boxes, another small prizes, etc.
- Create the Plan: I love having the party plan out so that all of the helper parents and the teacher knows what’s going on for the event. That way, everyone’s on board.
- Rock. The. Party.
Here’s what’s on our schedule this year:
This heart-happy game can be adapted for nearly any reading level, and I love how it gets kids engaged, reading, and responding.
- Stained Glass Hearts: The kids will make these easy, super-cute, no-glue crafts which are really pretty.
Simple, sweet crafts that look so pretty in wintertime windows, no matter where you are.
- Valentine Guess the Word: While they’re crafting, they can play Guess the Word. We’ve played it for our other parties, and the kids really seem to enjoy it.
- Valentine Card Delivery and Snack! The kids’ favorite part! Break the class in half. Let one half deliver their Valentines, while the other eats, and then have them switch.
Then give the kids some time to read their Valentines!
hint: Have the plates of food ready and set them in front of each student. It makes things move a lot more smoothly!
- Small-Group Minute-to-Win-it Games: We’ll break the kids into three groups by having them pick a heart foam sticker out of a bag. Three groups: white hearts, red hearts, and pink hearts. That way, we’ll have about 6-8 kids in each group. A bit easier to manage.
We are not keeping score here with our games. It’d be too hectic, and the focus is fun, not big wins.
We’ll encourage each child to do his or her best. At the end, if everyone works hard, everyone grabs a prize!
Each ‘game station’ will host two Minute-to-Win-It games. At the first rotation, every student will receive a small Valentine goodie bag to keep candy and supplies.
- Marshmallow Race: Simple. You can play this several ways.
1. Break the group in half and draw a line in the middle of the table. Each side uses inexpensive plastic straws to try to blow the marshmallows to the other side of the line. The team with the most after one minute wins.
2. Each person plays individually and has one minute to blow a single marshmallow from one side of the table to the other. The person with the most at the end wins.
Straws and marshmallows, and a clean table–that’s all you need.
- Marshmallow Toss: Students partner up and stand across from each other, about 2-4 feet apart. One person has a handful of marshmallows and the other has a small paper cup. Students have one minute to toss as many marshmallows into the cup as possible.
After one minute, the throwers catch and the catchers throw.
The winning team is the one with the most marshmallows in the cup!
- Heart Towers: Students have one minute to stack as many conversation hearts as they can. It’s harder than you may think!
The winner is the person who has the highest stack after one minute.
- One-Handed Bracelets: One minute to thread as many fruit loops onto a pipe cleaner as possible.
And then–here’s the clincher–the player has to make that pipe cleaner into a braclet. Using one hand. So funny!
- Cookie Face: Players have a cookie on their foreheads and have one minute to move that cookie from their forehead and into their mouth.
So hard. And so, so funny to watch!
The winner is the player who moves the most cookies from forehead to mouth in one minute’s time!
- Heart Chopstick Race: An oldie for Valentine’s Day class parties but definitely a goodie.
Players work individually to move as many conversation hearts from a central bowl into their own plastic cups, using only a pair of chopsticks. It’s not easy, and very quickly you’ll see which students use chopsticks on a regular basis.
- Mitten Race: Kids totally love this game.
Wearing a pair of adult ski mittens, players try to unwrap a piece of candy. Small candies with tight wrappers, like Starburst or Tootsie Rolls are especially hard.
You can play this game with the kids in two lines, and as each child unwraps the candy he or she pops it in his or her mouth and passes on the mittens, going down the line, or you can play individually. Each child wears a pair of mittens and the winner is the player who unwraps the most candy in one minute.
- Puzzle Race: I love the simplicity of this and kids love to do ‘speedy puzzles’ together.
These are really just six or seven Valentine-themed photos that I printed out on cardstock and cut into pieces. I printed them on three different shades of paper to make it a little bit easier, but the goal is to put as many together under one minute as possible.
The Valentine’s Day puzzles are here to download if you’d like: valentines day class party PUZZLES.
You may want to add an extra for your school’s mascot just for kicks.
My suggestion is to flip the pieces face down on the table, start the timer, and let the kids at ‘em. If they are struggling, then show them the key. Otherwise, let them have fun with it!
- Extras: It’s always helpful to have a few coloring pages and word games printed in case you find yourself left with a bunch of extra time.
Still didn’t find what you’re looking for? Check out How to Have a Rockstar Valentine’s Day Class Party
Huge and happy thanks to the following sites for inspiration for this post. Check them out for sure and find more awesome ideas:
- Sassy Sites: valentine minute to win it
- Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits: minute to win it games
- Toys in the Dryer: valentine party ideas
- LOVE-ly Valentine Party ideas: Make and Takes
- Valentine’s Games: Craft Place
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