In this hands-off, high-energy Valentine’s Day game for elementary students, kids try to not “let down” their buddies.
Valentine’s Day Game for Elementary Students
Scripture: Psalm 36:5-9
- balloons (1 per person)
- permanent markers for older kids
- garbage bag
To avoid choking hazards, promptly pick up any broken balloon pieces. Balloons may contain latex.
Balloon Buddies Valentine’s Day Game
Hand each child a balloon, and have kids inflate and tie off the balloons. Let each person draw a simple face on the balloon. Then gather the balloons into a garbage bag.
Have kids link arms to make a circle. Hold up one balloon. Say: In this game, we’ll see how long we can keep our friend here off the ground. If you let this balloon buddy touch the ground, we’ll have to start again.
Explain that kids can use their heads, knees, bodies, or feet to keep the balloon off the ground. But they can’t use their hands (because their arms are linked). Toss the balloon into the middle of the circle to start the game.
After 30 seconds, say: Let’s add a little more challenge. Add a second balloon and play again.
After another 30 seconds, say: Now I know you’re ready for a big challenge. Toss all the balloons in the middle of the circle. Then see if kids can keep them off the ground. Allow 60 chaotic seconds as kids try to keep the balloons off the ground.