A Heart to Heart…about Valentine’s Day Parties

Alright, moms…it’s that time. Come up with spectacular activities to amuse and amaze your kids and their classmates at the big school Valentine’s Day Party!

I have to say I’m always surprised at what cool parties kids have at school these days (am I sounding old right now?). The most I remember for Valentine’s Day was an old shoebox I covered with my Crayola creations and some dime store cards. (OK…I’m not quite as old as dime stores).

Seems like the kids get a pretty sweet deal these days…pun intended. Although, I also don’t remember school being quite as stressful as it seems at the elementary level either. So it all evens out. Give ‘em a fun party.

I thought we could all share our best Valentine’s Day crafts, activities and party ideas. Why reinvent the wheel if we can just share with each other?

I am fortunate enough to be making this school journey with some pretty “crafty” moms. My mom friend, Sandy, has graciously provided me with some photos of our favorites. Two of the crafts shown utilized magazine letters and decoupage (here’s where I move out of my realm of understanding) to create a paper weight for the younger crowd and a door hanger for older kids. Note: Cut out letters for the young ones ahead of time…lesson learned!

Another favorite is the button-flower vase. Again, this would be for older kiddos because of the dexterity required with the wire and buttons and the tissue paper decoupage (there’s that word again).

I am usually assigned to create a word game. A favorite for younger grades is to act out a word beginning with each of the letters to spell Valentine’s Day. I write the word ahead of time on a paper and it becomes controlled charades. For example…violin for V, arrow for A, etc. If you have a competitive group, you can always time them. For older kids, I like playing on the Valentine’s theme of hidden messages. I create a page of rebuses. You know what they are…you just don’t know the name. Phrases that are hidden like “COF FEE” = coffee break “LINESREADLINES” = read between the lines. Upper elementary kids love decoding these messages and you can find them easily on the internet. Lastly, don’t forget that President’s Day is right around the corner, so you can work in any games with pennies and Mr. Lincoln.

Hope these ideas have been helpful. What are your fool-proof Valentine’s Day party activities. I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get the conversation started…

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Jen Lennon
Jen is the mother of two boys and a girl who keep her and her husband of 20 years busy driving from the theater to the hockey rink to the dance studio.
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