We’ve been playing a simple Valentine’s Day activity this week: a heart hunt. It can be played indoors or outdoors – both get the kids moving and laughing!
Valentine’s Day Activity Set Up
- Craft foam (or paper – but paper tears more easily)
- paper lunch bags
I cut hearts out of pink and purple craft foam. Paper could also be used, but I used the craft foam because it’s waterproof, and a bit sturdier. To make the paper bags for collecting the hearts more festive, I covered them with hearts.
I then hid hearts the hearts in fairly obvious places at or below eye-level for my 5 year old For indoor hunts, I stuck hearts to windows, on chair arms, and next to table legs. Outdoors, I put them on steps, on top of rocks, and on low-hanging branches.
Once the hunt was set up, I brought the bags to my preschooler and toddler, and told them to go collect hearts! Because the craft foam is fairly sturdy, we have been able to play this game again and again (plus we’ve used them for other Valentine’s Day activities).
Other Ways To Play
- Play with multiple ages: Assign a color of hearts to each age group, and hide the hearts for the littlest ones in more obvious place. For some games, I gave my toddler the color purple, and my preschooler the color pink. I hid the pink hearts in places that were a little less obvious. For multiple children the same age, give them each a color.
- Let the child set up the hunt: They can hide hearts either for you or for other kids.
- For toddlers: When I played with just my toddler, I placed the hearts in plain sight, sometimes in a pattern or a line.
- Sorting: Once they’ve found the hearts, sort them by size or color.