Are you looking forward to a Valentine’s Day party at your kid’s school?
Growing up, it was one of my favorite holidays–the decorations, the treats, the crafts, and the valentines themselves are so fun!
We’ve put together 30 Awesome Valentine’s Day Party Ideas for Kids to get your Valentine’s Day party off to a great start!
Valentine Party Ideas for Kids – Fun & Easy
We have Valentine’s day party ideas that are great for preschoolers and bigger kids!
We put together an amazing list of Valentine’s day activities for kids, Valentine’s day party decorations, and my favorite, Valentine’s day party food ideas.
What are some good Valentine crafts and activities?
1. Be My Valentine Penguin
Teach kids good habits with this recycled “Be my Valentine” craft. It is one of my favorite cute things to do on Valentine’s day. Not only can you spend time with your child making this adorable Valentine’s day penguin, but if you wash the container out well, you can easily fill it up with candy!
2. Valentine’s Day Heart Bingo
Here’s a classic Valentine’s Day party idea kids will love: Valentine’s Day heart bingo by Teach Mama. Not only is it fun, but you could even make it sweet! Use Sweetarts or M&M’s as counters!
3. My Heart Is Bursting Game
Balancing Home’s “My Heart Is Bursting“ activity looks like such a FUN game for kids to play for a classroom Valentine’s Day party, or even at home! Each cup has a surprise! Fill the cups with Valentine’s day cards, candy, or toys! There are so many different ways to make each cup special.
4. Easy Heart Doily Valentine Craft
I never understood the point of doilies. I remember my grandmother had them, but this is such a wonderful use for them! Learn beginner printmaking skills in this easy Valentine’s craft using heart doilies! You could turn your child’s art into a homemade Valentine’s day card.
5. Toilet Paper Roll Love Bug Craft
Red Ted Art’s toilet paper roll love bug craft is so adorable for Valentine’s Day! The sparkly legs, big googly eyes, colorful painted wings, make them not only cute, but a lot of fun to make for kids. Add stick-on gems, stickers, or designer tape! Plus, it reuses a toilet paper roll so it is a great way to recycle as well.
6. Valentine’s Day Bags
How cute are these Valentine bags? All you need is a paper bag and a few craft supplies you probably already have on hand. This is also a great way to help children work on their fine motor skills! Cut out the big heart and work the paper to make crinkly legs and arms. This will hold all of your little one’s Valentine’s day cards and treats.
7. Heart Shaped Marshmallow Activity
Build with marshmallows by Buggy and Buddy! Kids will enjoy inserting toothpicks into heart shaped marshmallows and making their own creations with this fun idea. Make towers, houses, or different shapes! This is a great STEM activity and a tasty one as well!
8. Valentine’s Day Snowflakes
Use tissue paper or construction paper to make Valentine’s Day Snowflakes of Red Ted Art. You can use any color or even use tissue paper with sparkles! Plus, you can make lovely heart designs, but these Valentine’s day crafts for preschoolers are a great way to work on your child’s fine motor skills.
9. Reader Favorites Valentines Day Crafts and Activities
A craft table is always popular with kids; stock it with heart shapes, stickers, sequins, paper lace, washable markers, google eyes, etc. and let them make funny Valentine characters. You can get some more Valentine’s Day craft ideas here.
DIY Valentines Decorations
When should you start decorating for Valentine’s Day?
I always love seeing Valentines Day decorations pop up in mid-January about a month before the holiday, but often people think of it as a February holiday and decorate for it starting in the beginning of February.
If you are throwing a Valentines Day party, setting up the day before can lessen the stress of the day. Alternatively, if you are hosting a child’s Valentines party, have the first craft or two BE the decorations and let the kids decorate the room as the party progresses!
How do you make a Valentine’s Day centerpiece?
The best Valentine’s Day centerpiece ideas for a kids Valentine party usually are less about the romantic love angle of Valentines day and more about the vivid colors and friendship. Here are a few simple ideas to make a quick centerpiece for your Valentines Day celebration:
- Balloon bouquet of white, pink and red balloons that can be anchored in the middle of the table or added to the back of each child’s chair. I love balloons as decorations because they allow for good eyesight between those sitting at a table, but are bright and festive.
- Valentines Box “Neighborhood” where each child adds their Valentines box to the middle of the table arranged as they wish. If the kids don’t already have a box for their Valentines, you can have them make them at the party or provide them as both decoration and function!
- Paper flower bouquets created with pipe cleaner flowers, tissue paper flowers, construction paper flowers, hand print flowers, or paper plate flowers.
10. Valentines Day Party Decorations
Make these pretty heart trees by I Gotta Crete for your Valentine’s Day party. I absolutely love these! They’re cute, festive, and there are so many ways to make these special! Make some garland that holds candy or even little toys or trinkets.
11. Valentine’s Day Tree
Move over the Christmas tree, it’s time for a Valentine’s Day tree! You can either decorate a tree outside with these beautiful heart cut outs or decorate your room! Pick up various branches and sticks and put them in a vase and decorate them with these colorful hearts.
12. Heart Banner
Be sure to check out Premeditated Leftovers’ dollar tree paper lace banner. It’s super easy to make, and looks adorable! All you need is some ribbon, heart doilies, and a hot glue gun. This is a fun decoration to not only make, but it doesn’t break the bank either!
13. Valentine’s Day Handprint Keepsake Decoration
Make Valentine’s Day handprint keepsakes by Teach Me Mommy and decorate the classroom! Parents can take them home after the party. Keepsakes are one of my favorite decorations. We all want to remember our children when they were little and this decoration lets us do just that!
14. Valentine’s Day Heart Stones
Painted stones are super popular right now, but most people don’t know what to do with them (This post contains affiliate links). You can create a bunch of Valentine’s Day Heart Stones, and place them in a glass bowl for an easy DIY centerpiece. A vase also works or you can hide them around the room!
15. Puzzle Hearts Decoration
Use puzzles with missing pieces to make Freshly Found’s puzzle hearts craft for your Valentine’s Day party. It is a great way to recycle these puzzles that kids don’t use anymore, plus they are super cute! Use the colored side, or the backside, or make it your own and paint each piece!
16. DIY Valentine’s Day Banner
Vicky Barone’s DIY Valentine’s Day banner is a must-have decoration! It is so easy to make and cute! This would be great for a classroom too! Let each child decorate a letter for the banner. This would make a fun Kindergarten Valentine craft that also works as an awesome decoration.
17. Valentine’s Day Class Party Set Up
Teach Mama’s Minute To Win It Valentine’s day class party is all set up for you with easy to follow directions. It helps parents and teachers coordinate and has ideas for decorations, games, and more! It helps keep the Valentine’s party organized and moving smoothly.
18. Valentine’s Sun Catchers
Make Valentine sun catchers for a Valentine’s Day gift that will brighten those winter windows! This is another craft that will help refine your child’s fine motor skills. They will be using hole punches to make heart confetti with colorful construction paper. It’s a cute hands on decoration.
Outdoor Valentines Decorations Ideas
There are so many fun ways to decorate for an outdoor Valentines party! Here are a few favorites that kids can help make:
- Hang white, pink and red paper punch lanterns around your party area.
- Fill clear Christmas ornaments with pink and red glitter or heart confetti and hang from the trees.
- Surround the area with painted rocks or hide them for a fun Valentine scavenger hunt!
- Make a bunch of origami hearts to hang and share.
Valentine’s Party Recipes
Who doesn’t love rice krispy treats! They’re buttery, sticky, sweet, and delicious! These conversation heart rice krispies treats are even more yummy. Add frosting, decorating gel, and candy hearts to make them even more special.
19. Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats For School Parties
Let your kids’ friends know: “There are so many ‘raisins’ why I’m glad you are my friend” with Fantabulosity’s healthy Valentine’s Day treat idea. Worried that kiddos won’t like raisins? There are so many different flavor raisins like chocolate covered, yogurt covered, even sour candy coated raisins!
20. Valentine’s Oreo Pops
Chocolate covered Oreos are one of my most favorite treats. These Oreo pops by Happiness is Homemade look so pretty and yummy. They make a great treat to add to your Valentine’s Day party table! Don’t forget to add pretty Valentine’s sprinkles to make them even more special.
21. Valentine’s Day Popcorn
How about some Valentine’s Day popcorn from Two Sisters Crafting for your Valentine’s Day party? Check out this recipe. It is sweet and salty, two of the best combos! Enjoy buttery popcorn with sweet candies, marshmallows, and sprinkles! Oh, don’t forget the delicious coating for the popcorn!
22. Valentine’s Day S’mores
They are sooooo delicious! Kids will be begging for more Valentine’s Day s’mores! They’re sweet, buttery, and have all the great s’mores ingredients like chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers…they also have M&M’s, but that totally makes them better!
23. Strawberry Hot Chocolate
Since it’s so cold out, how about making some strawberry hot chocolate for your Valentine’s Day party? It’s pink, festive, and still chocolatey with a kick of strawberry. Who doesn’t love chocolate strawberries on Valentine’s day?
24. Fruit Messages
Write fun or love-filled messages on fruit from Cake Whiz in this healthy Valentine’s Day inspired snack. It is a great way to let your child know that they are loved and that you’re thinking of them! Just be sure to use edible markers!
25. Love Bug Fruit Cups
The Melrose Family’s love bug fruit cups are almost too adorable to eat! All you need are sparkly pipe cleaners, sparkly pom-poms, foam, googly eyes, and a hot glue gun. Pick out your child’s favorite cup of fruit, apple sauce, or go all out and do a cup of Jell-O fruit. This could also work for cups of pudding as well.
Valentines Ideas – Free Printables
26. Valentine’s Day Word Scramble
Help kids pair up and race with this Valentine’s Day word scramble by Moritz Fine Designs. It’s educational and festive! There are 16 words to unscramble and figure out each Valentine themed word.
27. Valentine’s Day Word Puzzle
This is one of my favorite games. My mother used to play this with us when I was a little girl. You have to see how many words you can make in Resourceful Mama’s Valentine’s Day word puzzle. Loving this FREE printable. It’s red with a nice little line for each word and the borders are little hearts, how cute!
28. Free Printable Valentine’s Cards
Boys will think these 21 FREE printable Valentines cards via Spaceships and Laser Beams are super cool! Sometimes we are on a budget, or let’s be honest, sometimes these tiny boxes of cards don’t have enough or there aren’t any good themes. Now you can find some that fit everyone!
29. Free Valentine Coloring Pages For Kids
Also check out these 25 FREE Valentine Coloring Pages for kids that will be great to add to your Valentine’s Day activities! This is great for at home or in a classroom, and there are so many to choose from!
30. Valentine’s Day Free Printable
Kids will love playing this classic “I spy” game via Live Laugh Rowe with a Valentine’s Day twist — and a FREE printable. These are great activities for a classroom or at home that will enhance their skills on problem solving and counting as well! Fun and educational, can’t get much better than that.
Valentine Crafts for Preschoolers
Most of these ideas can be tailored to work for the littlest of party guests!
Preschoolers love coloring, painting, and cutting with scissors (with supervision).
They also love being helpers! That’s one of the sweetest things about this age, and it ties in perfectly with Valentine’s Day, since the entire holiday is about thinking of others.
Have your preschooler help you decorate and prep for your party. They can help with making valentines for their classmates, and they can also help you whip up some Valentine’s Day treats!
The biggest tip to make a party the best it can be for preschoolers, is to limit the time. Keep it under two hours, and keep their activities short and sweet, in order to keep them interested!
Valentine’s Day is the simplest holiday to celebrate and sending your guests home after a fun and busy time together is the best Valentine of all!
More Valentine’s Day Fun from Kids Activities blog
- Make your own DIY Valentine’s Day sensory jar filled with lots of glitter, so much fun!
- Looking for inexpensive Valentine’s crafts? We have over 100 to choose from.
- Looking for more Valentine’s Day activities? Check out our free Valentine’s coloring pages!
- Be sure to fill everyone’s sweet tooth with these 25+ Sweet Valentine’s Day treats!
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Do you love these Valentine’s Day party ideas as much as we do? What did you decide to do for your party? Leave us a comment and let us know!