Many children look forward to yearly Valentine's Day parties at school. If you're celebrating the holiday in your fifth grade classroom, prepare a variety of games for your students to play. Fifth graders should enjoy playing games and winning holiday-themed prizes such as conversation hearts, candy necklaces and journals.
For a simple game, wrap a prize such as a Valentine-themed pen and note pad in several layers of red, white and pink paper. Ask the students to sit in a circle and hand one player the gift. Play music and have the students pass the gift around the circle. When the music stops, the student holding the gift must unwrap a layer of paper. The student who opens the last layer of paper keeps the gift. Alternatively, wrap two or three gifts and have them going at the same time.
Fill a clear jar with conversation hearts or red heart candies. Have each sixth grader guess how many candies are in the jar. The student who guesses closest to the correct amount wins the jar of candy. Make construction paper conversation hearts with sayings like, "Be Mine" and "Hug Me." Hang five to six hearts on a board and tell the students to look at the hearts. Have the students close their eyes with their heads on their desks while you remove one heart. When they look back at the board, the first student to tell you the words on the missing heart wins a prize.
Cut the construction paper hearts in half and hide them around the classroom. When you say "Go," the students must hunt for a matching heart. The color and wording must match for it to count. Award the first player to find a matching heart a prize. Play a game of bingo by writing Valentine words -- such as "heart," "candy," "flowers," "love" and "cupid" -- in the squares. Give the children Valentine candy to use as bingo markers. The first student to score a bingo and yell "I love cupid," wins a prize.
Clear out the desks and make way for a funny game using inflatable hearts. Mark a starting line and finish line. Divide the students into two teams and give the first player in each line an inflated heart. They must hop to the finish line and back with the heart between their legs. Each student must do the same thing. The first team to finish the relay wins the game. Play a game of "blinded by love" by asking three or four students to stand at the chalkboard. Give each student a piece of chalk and blindfold each one. Call out a Valentine-related object -- such as flowers, a heart or cupid -- for students to draw on the board. The students have one minute to draw. The student who draws the best picture wins a prize.
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