Play with Heart! Games & Activities You Can Pull Off Today

Set aside the conversation hearts (except when experimenting … see idea #3) and show your kiddos how much they mean by filling the day with oh-so sweet activities and games. From playing musical hearts to making suncatchers to concocting potions, the following ideas are fun ways to share the L-O-V-E.

photo: Deirdre Smith

1. Play a Heart Counting Game

It’s craps meets math with a clever counting game from Kids Activities Blog. Roll the dice then add the same number of beans to the heart. The first overflowing heart is the winner! Play again and again — it’s a lovely (and educational) way to celebrate the holiday. Get the rules and DIY details over at Kids Activities Blog.

photo: Amy Mascott

2. Play Musical Hearts

Want to walk all over hearts? It’s totally acceptable — and encouraged — during a session of musical hearts. Each heart has an entertaining activity written on the bottom. When the music stops, the kids start! Creative mom Amy incorporates reading and acting into each prompt, and shares her awesome list of activities on her site, Teach Mama.

photo: Mary Catherine

3. Experiment With Conversation (Hearts)

Tiny conversation hearts are big on charm but short on taste. Kids can use these little love messages to start a different type of conversation. First, fill recycled plastic bottles with various forms of liquid. Drop in candy hearts and observe what happens next! We love how Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day conducted her experiment: Keep the plastic bottles filled for future experimentation and used a dry-erase board to highlight all the potential outcomes. Check out Fun-A-Day for the lowdown.


photo: Jaime Reiner

4. Learn ABCs by Heart

Want to put the kiddo’s knowledge to the test? See if they know their ABCs by heart with a colorful set of letters. Find out where Jamie of Hands On As We Grow grabbed her game set, or try your hand at making your very own.

photo: Jennifer Medeiros

5. Let the Sun into Your Heart

This is yet another clever way to use up the bits of broken crayon you’ve collected from the bottom of the arts and crafts box. The unusual list of materials includes parchment paper, iron and a cheese grater. Mom and Makobi Scribe blogger Jennifer explains why an old towel comes in handy and why it’s so much fun to let the kids grate up the crayons. The end result is colorful and heartwarming.

photo: Kristina Buskirk

6. Hop Over Hearts

It’s hopscotch, Valentine’s style. Use cardstock (what else?) in red, pink and white, add numbers or letters, grab something heavy(ish) to throw and start hopping! You’ll be crushing on how much your kids are learning, from letter or number skills to physical coordination. Get more details on this simple game from mom and educator Kristina by visiting Toddler Approved.

photo: Jordan Ferney

7. Hearts on a String

The littles in your life can leave hearts hanging with an amazingly chic and clever craft. Stock up with red Fimo clay, string and a needle (parents, you better handle that part). Then create a string of hearts, bracelets or necklaces. Get the details from DIY master mama Jordan at Oh Happy Day.

photo: Valerie Deneen

8. LOVE Painting

With watercolors and masking tape your budding artists can create a color-filled message of love. Heavy watercolor paper is a must and mom/project manager Valerie suggests waiting until the colors have completely dried before removing the tape. Get more tips and tricks over at Inner Child Fun.

photo: Polly Conner

9. Treasure Hunt of Love

The clever clues and hand-written love notes in this simple-but-brilliant treasure hunt we found too sweet not to share. Cut out large hearts for hints and attach treats to each for added sweetness! The treasures at the end can be anything from simple toys to gift cards. Get great tips for making clues by visiting Thriving Home.


What activities do you have planned for Valentine’s Day? Share with us in the comments!

— Taylor Clifton & Gabby Cullen

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