Pre-K and K songs/poem at page bottom...however...ideas for all ages!
PLAN A HEALTHY HEART DAY! (Read this, it's fun!)
Celebrate a “healthy” heart with fun, aerobic activities that get children up and moving. You may want to set up several skill stations; this is an idea adapted from Celebration Games: Physical Activities for Every Month (2006 Human Kinetics).
STATIONS CAN INCLUDE:
♥ STEP AEROBOCS STATION: Set up four or five step aerobic steppers and music.
♥ HEALTHY HEART EXERCISES: Demonstrate several aerobic exercises and have children perform three aerobic exercises of their choice at this station (ie. jumping jacks, jumping rope, jogging in place)
♥ CHOLESTEROL: Pictures of both high and low cholesterol foods are taped down. Children throw beanbags underhand from a throw line at low cholesterol foods.
♥ BLOOD PRESSURE: Make a sign that says “normal blood pressure 120/80” and tape down pictures of things that can raise blood pressure such as smoking, unhealthy foods, lack of exercise and stress. Children THROW BEANBAGS UNDERHAND from a throw line at the things that will raise blood pressure. (You can put point values on targets and total points)
♥ A HEALTHY BUT YUMMY SNACK TABLE at culmination of activity.
♥ Divide the children into groups and disperse them evenly among the stations. Place them in a numerical order and have them keep this order for all stations. Set the number of tries for each turn and announce when it is time to rotate to the next station. Leave ample space between stations and advise children not to stand in the throwing areas. Adapted and expanded upon from: School-age Note of the Day- 2/5/07 schoolagenotes.com
VALENTINE LIMBO CONTEST
♥ PlaY regular Limbo - but when children go out - they must 'say something nice' about child in front (or back) of them.
FRIENDSHIP COOPERATION RELAY GAME
♥ Use tape or chalk to mark starting and turn-around points on the floor. Match children with partners (You could use the broken heart game in the above idea) and then divide the group into teams. If teams are uneven, have one pair go twice.
♥ Each pair holds a towel between them with an inflated balloon resting on top of the towel. At the signal, have each pair race from the starting point to the turn-around line and back--while balancing the balloon on the towel.
♥ If the balloon falls off--the pair must stop and replace it. Each pair then hands the towel with the balloon to the next pair in line---until all have had a turn!
♥ All sit in a circle". Have someone start by taking a ball and saying "I Love" and then say something they love such as- "I love ice cream".
♥ They then roll the ball to someone else in the circle and it becomes that person's turn to say something they love.
♥ The next person might say "I love bears" and then roll the ball on to someone else.
♥ Just as with all good game playing...Continue and END BEFORE the children grow tired of it.
♥ NOTE: This is a good way to get kids to think about the things they appreciate and learn about each other....
(Good for Valentine's Day and also Building Team/Program Spirit)
♥ Divide the group into teams of four or five children. Distribute construction paper and tape to each team. Explain to the teams that they will have ten minutes to build the tallest tower they can---WITHOUT TALKING. They can use only the given supplies. At the end of ten minutes -- have each team display their tower and discuss whether it was easy or difficult to build and why.
INSTEAD OF SIMON SAY---PLAY 'ST. VALENTINE' SAYS or 'THE HEART' SAYS...
One player is the leader or 'St. Valentine' and orders the other players to make motions by saying "St. Valentine says" and then an action. They might say "St. Valentine says thumbs up", "St. Valentine says hands on your head" or "St. Valentine says jump up and down." The leader also makes all of these motions. If he omits the "St. Valentine says" part, ... and just orders "Thumbs up" or "Jump up and down", the players must not make the motion. Anyone who does so is out of the game. The winner is the player who remains in the game the longest.
STUFFED HEART (or cute 'stuffed teddy bear') RACE
♥ Divide the youth into two groups (if not even, have one child go twice). Give each team a small stuffed valentine heart. Have one child from each team place the heart between their legs and hop to the end of the room and back. They give the heart to next child in line, and this repeats until children have had their turn. The first team done is the winner.
MAKE FELT HEARTS (AS A CRAFT) AND TO USE FOR THE ABOVE GAME...
Need: Two 8" squares of red or pink felt, 8" cardboard heart templates to use as a pattern, pencil, scissors, safety pin, glue, fabric paint, polyester fiberfill...
Use the cardboard heart pattern template to trace two hearts onto the felt. Cut out hearts and place one on top of the other. Put a safety pin through the middle of the hearts to hold them in place while gluing. Glue the two pieces of felt together along the edge leaving a 3" opening. Use fabric paint to add a child's name to the top of each pillow; let dry. Stuff the heart with fiberfill and glue the pillow shut.
VALENTINE BEAN BAG TOSS
♥ Take a cardboard box and cut out 5-6 Valentine hearts. Make them big enough for young children to throw bean bags through.
♥ Decorate the box in a Valentines Day pattern and colors.
♥ Have the children take turns throwing bean bags in into the holes.
♥ If budget allows...Have a prize for the child who gets the most in with three throws--- and small prizes for ALL players.
♥ If you don't have a box you can always draw hearts on a ground or wall with red or pink chalk and try to toss your bean bags. into them instead.
WHAT'S ON MY BACK' GUESSING GAME
♥ Create some name tags with words that relate with Valentines Day- such as: hearts, flowers, red, white, pink, and love.
♥ You'll then tape this tags on people's backs-but they can not look for the names. They must not find out what word is on their tag until the game starts.
♥ Everyone goes around and gives each other clues about the "valentine word" on their backs. You can ask a person only one question at a time. The game continues until everyone has found what theirs tag says.
BUZZ BOMB BALOON GAME
Materials: 1 balloon per player, not inflated, LARGE HEART SHAPE from butcher paper, tape for center of target
Formation: line or circle
♥ All players inflate their balloon. Some players may need help.
When the leader says "1, 2, 3, GO!" the players release their balloons in the direction of the target. (the large heart)
♥ Score 5 points for the closest balloon and 15 points for a direct hit.
♥ This game works well with teams - each team gets their own colored balloons; red, blue, green etc. Or, you do not need to keep score at all and just have fun playing the game several times.
VALENTINE TIDDLY WINKS GAME
Before play---cut a medium paper heart. Provide each player with 4 plastic disks (Tiddly Winks or Bingo markers).
♥ Form a circle at a table or on the floor. Place the heart in the center of the circle. When you say "Go" the players "shoot" their disks onto the heart by pressing the edges with another disk.
♥ How many can they get to land on the heart?
♥ It's harder than you think! - Let the kids try this as many times as they would like. If you have a large group of
children, divide players into smaller groups and make more heart "targets".
THROWING THE SMILE! (Circle Game)
In this game, players are forbidden to smile, but --giggling and laughing will abound anyway.
1. Players sit in a circle, making sure they can see everyone else. One player who is "It" starts the game by smiling widely, while all the other players are somber. "It" then uses their hand to wipe the smile off their face and throw it to another player--- who has to catch the smile with their hand -- and then put it on.
2. The new "It" can wipe off the smile to throw to someone else--(though he/she will probably choose to make funny smile faces at everyone for a minute or two before relinquishing the happy role.) Meanwhile, all other players must sit stone-faced. One smirk and they're out.
The youngest players are the least successful at winning this game (they simply can't stop themselves from laughing), but they also tend to enjoy it the most.) Cassie/Mi. Adapted from: familyfun.go.com
♥ Staple a 2" piece of string to a heart cut out of posterboard or construction paper. Hide the heart while all players close their eyes. The Valentine maybe covered but the string must be left exposed and visible.
♥ Tell players to search for the Valentine, but when they find it they should not pick it up or tell anyone. Instead they must just go and sit back down and say "Hearts Unhid!"
♥ They then wait until everyone else has found it. The first player to sit down then may hide the heart. Soure: partygamecentral.com
VALENTINE HEART RELAY RACE
♥ Cut a large number of hearts and write a different instruction on each heart for a relay race Such as:
Skip, crawl, crab walk, hop, walk backwards, etc. --
♥ Duplicate the instruction for the number of Teams you will have playing. (Example: Three teams equals three sets of instructions)
♥ Divide the children into groups (if not even, have one child go twice) Put the hearts at the end of the room in a pile for each team.
♥ On go, the first player on each team runs up to the pile and takes a heart. The players come back to the group doing what it says on the heart. When the first players get back, the next players run to the hearts and play continues...
♥ Return the hearts to the bottom of the pile until ALL have had a turn.
Tip: Laminate the hearts for FUTURE Valentine Days. (This game can also be a adapted to other themes such as St. Patrick's Day with Shamrocks instead of hearts)
THEMED WORD RACE
Challenge your friends to a race of the minds. (This can be played between two people or 3 or 4 youth on each Team)
♥ Set a kitchen timer for one minute. When the time starts, write down as many VALENTINE AND FRIENSHIP related words that you can think of.
♥ Example: heart, cupid, love, gifts, candy, sweets, sweet, cards, flowers, jewelry, dinner out, kiss, hug, like, roses, arrow, ribbons, paper doilies, present, friends,etc.
(Remember this for other themed Days!)
This is a version of the 'Halloween Mummy Wrap' game!
For Valentine's Day, instruct the children that they are wrapping a valentine gift. When they are done wrapping their "gifts," give them a big red bow to finish the package. Play this game in pairs or small groups.
SHARE THEIR HEART GAME (For younger children)
1. Before you play--make half as many 24" hearts"---as there are children in the group.
2. Tape the hearts to the floor in a large circle.
3. Play music and have the children walk around the circle of hearts. Stop the music intermittently.
4. When the music stops, have each child stand on a heart with both feet. More than one child can share a heart. Children may hang on to one another in order to stay on their heart.
5. Do not eliminate payers-- instead--eliminate hearts.
6. Start the music again. While children are walking, remove one heart. Eliminate a heart each round-until it is impossible for children to use any fewer hearts. From book: Let's Party, by Cathy Allen Falk
WHERE'S YOUR VALENTINE?
(Played like "Doggie Doggie where's your Bone?")
1. Have one child sit in the middle of the circle while covering their eyes.
2. Give another child a Valentine to hide behind their back.
3. Have all other children put their hands behind their back.
4. Chant the following verse:
Where's your match?
Wake up quick,
And find them fast!
5. The child in the middle gets three guesses. The one who hid the Valentine is the next to go into the middle.
MUSICAL VALENTINE PASS (Pre-K toGr. 3)
1. Prepare a large heart from construction paper before the party.
2. Put children in a circle, and play silly Valentine music while they pass around the paper heart.
3. The person holding the heart when the music stops wins a treat.
4. Bring plenty of treats to make sure each child receives one.
Divide youth into two groups --
Have one child from each team draw a valentine object on the blackboard while the rest of the team tries to guess what is being drawn.
THE BIGGEST SMILE
This is not a game, but a great group activity to see who can give the biggest smile!.
One at a time measure people's smiles with a ruler or measuring tape. This is fun. You can also measure the zany faces! Take photos as you do this as people are smiling BIG!
Have a "MAKE A VALENTINE HEART" by tearing paper contest! A CRAFTY GAME
♥ Have each participant hold a piece of valentine colored construction paper in their hands--behind their back.
♥ They tear the paper into a heart shape without looking at what they are doing.
♥ Who's created the most "heart-looking" heart shape!?
PUT THE LIPS ON MISS VALENTINE - (A version of pin the tail on the donkey)
♥ Create a Miss Valentine with large, heavy poster board or cardboard. Be creative and use moving eyes, false eyelashes and pipe cleaners for hair (everything but the lips).
♥ Write a "number" on each pair of red lips cut out of construction paper; Place tape on the back of them.
♥ Put a blind fold on the children and have them put the lips on the Ms. Valentine.
BROKEN HEARTS MATCH GAME
(A good 'lead in' game... to find partners ...or just have fun!)
♥ In advance cut each heart into two pieces with BOLD, UNUSUAL LINES- SO EACH ONE IS UNIQUE!
♥ Distribute one-half of a heart to each child.
♥ At a signal have the children find the other half of their hearts.
'KISS ME' QUICK
♥ Hide Hershey Kisses around the room and have a race to see who can find the most kisses. (Large group? Break children into smaller groups with multiple hunts or in different areas)
♥ A good idea would be to combine all collected candy kisses-- and divide them evenly between the children.
HEART BEAN BAG TOSS
1. Before play: Cut a LARGE heart "target" out of paper or fabric.
2. Use a marker to make a large X in the center.
3. Make or purchase three bean bags.
4. To play - place the heart on the floor and a strip of tape an appropriate distance away-- Six feet for young children -- farther for older children.
5. The players form a line and take turns standing with their toes on the tape.
6. Toss the Bean Bags one at a time attempting to hit the X.
YUMM... CHOCOLATE FACE
Place a piece of chocolate candy in your mouth-- and see how long it takes to melt!
No sucking and chewing it!
The one to keep the chocolate IN THEIR MOUTH THE LONGEST is the winner!
SONGS and MOVEMENT...Nice for Pre-k to Gr. 1
WON'T YOU BE A FRIEND TO ME? A Game and Song...
SONG: Sing to tune of London Bridges
Won't you be a friend to me? Friend to me? Friend to me?
Won't you be a friend to me? And I'll be your friend, too!
1. Randomly give each child a small object of pink, red or white to hold. (You could use small paper hearts, crayons, beads, etc.)
2. Depending on the number of children in the group, use two or three different colors. Make sure the objects each have a mate of the same color
3. Teach children the song: Won't you be a Friend to Me?
4. When children all have a colored object, they walk about the room singing the song. When the song is complete, they partner with a 'friend' who holds the same color that they are holding.
5. When matched with a friend, they both sit down as quickly as possible. When all are sitting, children change colors with each other and a new round begins!
I'M A LITTLE VALENTINE (To tune of I'm a little Tea Pot)
I'm a little valentine
Red and White
With ribbons and lace
I'm a beautiful sight
I can say, "I Love You"
On Valentine's Day
Just put me in an envelope
And give me away
MY SPECIAL FRIEND (Sing to London Bridge)
My valentine is red and white
Red and white, red and white-
My valentine is red and white
It's for a special friend.
Can you guess my special friend,
Special friend, special friend?
Can you guess my special friend?
Did you guess? It's you!
DO YOU KNOW MY VALENTINE?
Sing to the tune The Muffin Man
Do you know my valentine,
My valentine, my valentine?
Do you know my valentine?
Their name is _____.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
Sing to tune of Three Blind Mice
Love, love, love...
love, love, love-
See how it grows
See how it grows.
I love my friends and they love me.
We love each other that's plain to see.
There's plenty for a family.
Love, love, love...
love, love, love.
VALENTINE FINGER PLAY
Demonstrate putting the 'heels' of hand palms together. Curve all the fingers so tips are down-ward and meeting to make a heart. When all children have learned the movement-say it with the following poem.
I part my hands together
This is how I start...
I curve my fingers right around
And I can make a Heart!
FIVE LITTLE VALENTINES...
5 little valentines from the grocery store-
I sent 1 to mother, now there are 4.
4 little valentines pretty ones to see-
I gave one to my brother now there are 3.
3 little valentines red, yellow and blue-
I gave one to my sister now there are 2.
2 little valentines, oh we have fun-
I gave one to Daddy, now there is 1.
1 little valentine, the story is almost done-
I gave it to mother, now there are none.
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