Try this heart hunt for a fun and simple Valentine’s Day activity.
Kids love hunts, it’s easy to set up, it can be played indoors or outdoors – and best of all it keeps the kids moving and laughing!
Valentine’s Day Activity Set Up
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You only need a few supplies:
Cut out a whole bunch of hearts from the craft foam. You could also do paper, just know that it will tear more easily. Plus, if you’re setting the activity up outside, the craft foam is waterproof.
You could also decorate the bags (we drew hearts on ours).
Then hide those hearts! Decide which rooms/areas you want to cover with the hunt, and start hiding. I then hid hearts the hearts in fairly obvious places at or below eye-level.
For indoor hunts, I stick hearts to windows, on chair arms, and next to table legs. Outdoors, I put hearts on steps, on top of rocks, and on low-hanging branches.
Playing is easy. Hand out the bags, and explain that they are going on a heart hunt, and finding all the hearts they can in their bags. I also made sure to tell them which rooms to stick to!
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.
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