The snow and freezing cold temps has cause my three kids to be on energy overload lately.
They need to burn steam.
They need to run, jump, skip, hop, spin, and then do it all again.
They need to loosen up, wiggle out those wiggles, laugh hard, and be super silly.
So when I was looking for some cool indoor games for us to play in the down time between school and homework, I stumbled upon my dear friend Allie’s Musical Hearts game. And like everything she does, it’s awesome.
When the girls and I were at the craft store this week, you better believe I added big foam hearts to our cart so that I could make Musical Hearts work for us and hold up for more than one game.
And it sure did.
I turned Musical Hearts into a reading game, a moving game, and a crazy-fun after school, burn-some-serious-steam game.
Here’s the skinny. . .
Musical Hearts– Reading, Moving, and Crazy-Fun Kid Game:
I wrote my actions on the fly, thinking about what I both wanted my kids to read and what I wanted them to do. I wanted simple but fun. And I wanted Cora, Owen, and Maddy to be able to play.
My list of Musical Hearts Actions is here for you to check out, print, and use as inspiration. Just scroll down below and throw your email in the box!
It includes 30+ ideas, like:
- Hula dance.
- Do 5 jumping jacks.
- Spin on one foot five times then spin on the other.
- Do 5 pushups.
- Hop on one foot 10 times.
- Hug the person on your right.
- Plank for 10 seconds.
- Jump as high as you can—8 times.
It took virtually no persuading for the kids to try out this game.
I said, Hey, you guys, after your snack I’d like for you to try out something that I found online that I think will be a lot of fun. I know you haven’t had recess outside lately, so this will get us up and moving. Who’s game?
Maddy’s nose was buried in a book, so she sat this one out–for a bit. Literally Cora and Owen dropped their snacks, jumped down from their stools at the snack bar, and found me in the kitchen.
Okay, so here’s the deal: We flip these hearts upside down and put them in a huge circle.
And then I blast some Frozen soundtrack and we play just like Musical Chairs–except this is called Musical Hearts. And there are no chairs. Instead, there are hearts with little messages underneath. When the music stops, you flip your heart and do what’s on the other side. Get it?
We played and played and played.
And laughed and laughed and laughed.
Music on, kids walking on the hearts. Music off. Hearts flipped. Kids jumping, planking, spinning, and singing. Music on. Kids up. . .
Maddy even ditched the book and joined us, and before I knew it, they were all overheated and burning some much-needed energy.
It got hilarious. And surprisingly, they didn’t want to stop.
But after the millionth time, when I looked at the clock and realized that OHMYGOSH! we needed to do homework–ack! homework!–before we took Maddy to gymnastics, we had to wrap up the game.
But I’m betting they’ll ask to play tomorrow. . .
And really, that was that.
Just a really fun, super-cool way to get kids up, reading, and moving–and laughing!–on a freezing cold, grey winter afternoon.
Love this idea and cannot thank Allie enough for sharing. The possibilities for adapting Musical Hearts are endless:
- play it during class parties
- use basic shape foamies and play it for indoor recess
- put sight words on the foamie
- put spelling words on the foamies
- put math problems on the foamies
- put letters of the alphabet on the foamies
- put family names on the foamies
- play a larger-than-life matching game with foamies
Check out Musical Hearts in action, even with some of my students playing:
Grab the ideas for your own Musical Hearts game here:
Want a few more fun Valentine’s Day ideas? Check out:
- How to throw a rockstar Valentine’s Day class party
- Valentine’s Day Class party 2.0
- Melted Crayon Valentines
- Mini-Stained Glass Hearts
- Musical Hearts
- Secret Message Valentines
- Bookmark Valentines
- Scratch-Off Ticket Valentines
- Valentine’s Day Lunchbox Notes
- HEART Bingo
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