Valentine Games for Kids of All Ages

Good morning!  We have had the strangest weather this past week. Last Monday, it was so foggy here, we had several big accidents on a nearby freeway. Thankfully, there was nothing serious, but lots of crushed vehicles. On Wednesday, it was so nice, we could wear short sleeves outside in the sunshine. On Thursday, it rained. On Friday, there was so much rain, some areas flooded and on Saturday, it was back to short sleeves again. Whew! It’s pretty hard to know how to dress each morning!! First world problems, right!?

Here we are, just a week before Valentines! Do you have your plans yet? I thought I would share some fun games for the kids of all ages to play. Even my grown kids like a little adventure now and then.

1. Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts can be done a couple of different ways. I made this one for my preschool class for a fun Valentine Day activity and it’s great for the younger kids who can’t read yet. This can be made with all different kinds of things in the squares, depending on what you have in your home. I made this on Microsoft Word and added in the different pictures.

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You can also make a scavenger hunt with written clues, which works better for older kids. The clues can be a easy or hard as you want. I have made simple ones, such as ‘look where the movies are’, to harder ones like ‘this is where we go each day to talk about our work and play.’ I hand the child the first clue and then they have to go search for the next one. The second clue leads them to the third and so on. There is a special gift at the end of the hunt.

2. Yarn Treasure Hunt

I did this one for the girls a couple of time at Easter. Each girl got their own color of yarn. I tied the end of the yarn on their doorknob and then wound it all through the house, over and under furniture and all around. There would be little treats at various places and then their basket at the end. We even took it outside through the doggy door! The girls would have to follow their color string all over until they reached the end. I didn’t have any pictures of this, but here is a very similar one from handsonaswegrow.com.

The spider web scavenger hunt for Halloween

3. Mad Libs

We love Mad Libs! We play them when we travel in the car. They always bring on a good laugh. Haley gave these to her friends in her Senior year of high school. She wrapped them around a piece of chocolate and gave them out at lunch time. Then the group sat around the table and had lots of laughs together.

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Haley also mentioned using Conversation Hearts to fill in the blanks. I’m sure some of those answers would be hilarious!

4. Heart Hunt

How about a heart hunt? Similar to an Easter Egg Hunt, but the kids can look for hearts instead. This could be heart shaped candy, heart gift certificates, or bags filled with candy.

Just try and remember how many you hid them or you will be finding candy long after Valentine’s Day!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day filled with love and lots of chocolate!

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Pink Floral Valentine Heart

Good Saturday morning! Ahh! Is a day to relax for you or are you busy running around? We have a few household things to take care of , but not too much on the agenda. Of course, there’s the Super Bowl tomorrow. Are you watching or is shopping calling your name? We will just be hanging out at home watching the commercials, while my husband watched the actual game. 🙂

Lauren and I kind of came up with the same type of Valentine project and we hadn’t even talked about it ahead of time. A little scary! We both used silk flowers and mounted them, hers is on a canvas and mine is on a weathered board. You can see hers here. Anyways, I had a bunch of small boards that Lauren had painted awhile ago, plus some silk flowers in my stash and decided to try and put them together.

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I pulled out the flowers I wanted to use, I chose pink,  and then decided on a grey board so the flowers would really stand out. I drew a heart on a piece of paper and then traced it onto the board so I would have a little bit of an outline to put my flowers in.

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I did try this a couple of different ways, but ended up using just one type and color of flower. I was so busy gluing and placing flowers, I forgot to take any pictures during. Sorry! But it is pretty simple. I glued them really close together so they would be nice and tight. I even trimmed some of the petals to give it more of a heart shape. I think maybe smaller flowers with tighter petals would have worked better, but I still think this looks good.

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I used a decorative stand to display it on and placed it my shelves in my dining room with my other pink decor.

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This was really simple, but I think it looks nice and adds just a little special touch to the shelf.

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I hope you have a wonderful Saturday!

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Silk Flower Heart Canvas

Hello everyone!  February is now upon us and Valentines Day is a little over a week away.  But, that doesn’t mean that all of the Valentines Decor is complete.  Hence this project.

But, before we get started, congratulations to Sarah C. on winning the Canvas Factory Raffle!  We can’t wait to see what you have picked out!

I have been trying to find different projects for BlitzyBlingArt.  And, I went to the 99 Cent Store and found these really pretty silk flowers.  So, naturally I bought a few bunches and started my project.

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The first thing I did was take all of the flowers off of their stems and cut them short so I could glue them.  Next, I cut out a heart and drew it on the canvas.

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Then I started gluing.  First problem I ran into, I attempted to use Elmer’s glue.  Obviously I realized that wasn’t going to work AFTER I attempted to glue the first flower on.  Second problem, I wasn’t going to fill in the heart.  But then I realized that that as I started to put flowers around the heart, you couldn’t see the shape of the heart.

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I decided to use the pink flowers around the heart and the white inside the heart.  That way the heart is a bit more obvious and you could see it.

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And after lots of hot glue and a few flowers falling apart with cutting the stems off, the canvas was finished.  And it looks amazing!

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The heart still isn’t very heartish (if that is even a word), but it looks really cool!  I love how it looks.  The flowers look really nice and it looks full.  I also like how it look next to my other Valentines Decor!

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