After the hustle and bustle of Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, we are just exhausted in our house. The next holiday, Valentine’s Day comes a scant month after all of that and truthfully I need to recoup because I am exhausted! Also, it is the first holiday to come after we have made personal budget decisions. So, for both of those reasons, our family likes to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the kids and it is a pretty low-key affair. We still usually have some minor decorations up, maybe a small banner or two and hearts on our kid’s bedroom doors. Of course, we eat yummy food and drink tasty beverages.
But above all, we spend time together as a family. One way we love to spend time together is by playing games or putting together puzzles. It has become a tradition in our household. So, we are always trying to come up with new, fun, family-friendly ideas. A few years ago we started doing an NYE scavenger hunt with the kids and then it spread to most of the nonmajor holidays – Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Memorial Day, and New Year’s Eve. It is so much fun! The kids get a kick out of finding the items all over the house, on the TV, and of course outside in the neighborhood. This is a game that can be played during the day, so as not to disturb bedtime for the really little ones.
In our house, we play in two ways.
The First way we play Valentine’s Day Family Scavenger Hunt is we split into two teams. We only print one sheet for the whole team to share. We set a time limit when smaller kids are playing. Usually, anyone under the age of 5. The winner is the team to finish first and that meets with the entire team at the designated meeting spot. This is a great way to play if you have a lot of smaller kids who will need assistance. It makes the adults and older kids lead and practice teamwork! Plus it is just fun to run around together inside and outside to find all the items on the list.
Another way to play, is we each are on our own teams. Again, the same rules, the winner is the team to finish first and meets with the entire team at the designated meeting spot.
It is a simple way to spend time together while getting out of the house for a bit. My kids adore going on a quick walk because face it, winter makes us all stir crazy! They are both pretty competitive and love trying to search for the items on the list. This is such a quick way to have wholesome fun together. Usually takes no longer than 20 – 30 minutes. With teams, it may only last 15 minutes. Unless you have the kids search for everything and you only help them?
I hope you enjoy this free simple family activity as much as my family has.
Valentine’s Day Family – Scavenger Hunt
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Looking for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home?
If you are planning on staying in but want to do some fun activities with the kids. Celebrating Valentine’s Day At Home. It gives simple and easy ideas to make it a fun evening for you, your significant other, and your kids. It even gives ideas for ways to connect with your significant other once the kids are in bed.
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