If you’re looking for a fun and frugal way to celebrate Valentines Day with your kids, this is it! A Valentine Heart Scavenger Hunt is super easy to put together and takes maybe 20 minutes of prep, depending on how many hearts you have. Here’s all you need:
- Construction paper (Valentines colors- I used red, pink, and purple)
- A Valentines themed box
- Candy (optional)
I already had the construction paper on hand, and I bought the box and chocolate at Dollar Tree. The night before, I cut out all the hearts in different sizes. Before Allison woke up the next morning, I hid the hearts all around the living room and kitchen- on the couches, tables, her toys, and I taped a bunch of hearts to the walls and kitchen cabinets. I put one little chocolate in the box as a treat and set it in the hallway right outside her room, and when she woke up, it was on.
I walked into her room to get her up (She doesn’t get out of bed until I get her), and after a minute of saying good morning she walked out, saw the box, grabbed the chocolate, and ran to the living room without a second glance at the box. Oops. After her treat, though, she saw what was happening, and grabbed the box and started collecting hearts.
It was a cute little activity that took maybe 10 minutes to complete, but she loved it. She even kept the hearts and gave some to her stuffed animals. If you have multiple children, you can assign them each a color and have them grab only hearts of their own color for more of a challenge. I thought about hiding chocolate hearts around the house too, but decided it was a bad idea to give a toddler a sugar rush at 7:30 in the morning.
Give this a try on Valentines Day! Whether you have chocolate too or just the hearts, your child will love the excitement of the hunt!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.