I try to keep things as organized and simple as possible on party days. I know from past experiences how quickly things can get out of hand – and I would prefer that not to happen! We started out our party by playing a simple game called “I Love…” Basically we go around in a circle and each person get to say who or what they love. The sentence always starts off “I love _______ because…” We went around our circle 2 times because the children kept wanting to say who they loved and why! I loved hearing what they had to say!
Then Ms. Bennet read, “Valentine Mice” to the class! We’ve been reading at least one valentine book to the class everyday this week. After reading this book they requested to hear “Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse” once again so Ms. Bennet obliged their request!
While we were playing the game and reading the stories I had 2 parent helpers prepping snack (during the stories I went over to help). For our party snack we had heart shaped cucumbers, heart shaped Jello Jigglers, a heart shaped piece of bread with strawberry jam on it, a valentines cookie, and a juice box. The parents helped me cut the bread and cucumbers into heart shapes, open juice boxes, plate the food, and pass out napkins and plates once it was all done! The 3 of us managed to do this very quickly! 🙂
After snack the parent volunteers, Ms. Bennet, and myself helped the children pass out their valentine cards. Then we took the children outside to play and run off their energy! Trust me when I say – they really needed this! lol At this point in the day one of my volunteers had to leave while the other stayed inside to hide various sized hearts all around the room! Our next game was going to be a Heart Scavenger Hunt where each child has to find 3 hearts! This is pretty much the same as an Easter Egg Hunt! When the children came inside we played this game – and as usual they loved playing it and asked to keep their hearts!
The last thing we did was let them look at all the cards and goodies they had in their valentine boxes! I think this is always their favorite part (even though they don’t admit it)! They were not allowed to eat anything but they could look at it – and when they were done we put everything away and got ready for lunch! It was a great party and I heard a lot of children say that this was the best party ever! 🙂