Valentine’s Day is a day for love and romance. But who says it can’t be spent playing games with friends, family, or your sweetheart?
From kids’ parties to adult get-togethers to texting with a friend across the country, check out these enjoyable Valentine’s Day games.
Party Games for Kids
Many schools and daycare facilities like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fun party for the kids. To keep them entertained and enjoying the festivities, these cool party games are ideal.
1. Valentine’s Minute to Win It
This cool Valentine’s Day game for kids lets you form a few teams with members working their way through each station. Kids have one minute to complete a different game in each area. Whoever wins the station scores a point for their team. After 15 minutes, tally up the points to see the winning team.
Here are just a few of the games for the stations:
Get some of those colorful candy hearts and lay them out on a table. Each child must stack as many hearts into one single-file tower as they can within a minute. If a stack falls over, they must begin again. The one with the highest stack gets a point.
Candy Corn Stick-Up
Grab some candy corn (Valentine’s-themed, of course) and a paper or plastic plate. Then, let the kids stand up as many pieces of candy corn on the plate as they can. The one with the most standing after a minute gets the point.
Put those candy corns and hearts onto a plate with an empty plate next to it. Then, hand the kids a set of chopsticks and see who can move the most candies from the full plate to the empty one. The point goes to the one with the most moved candies.
For more games that you can add to the Valentine’s Minute to Win It lineup, visit the Makoodle website.
2. Valentine’s Day Pictionary
Using a blackboard or whiteboard, start up a game of Valentine’s Day Pictionary. This version is played exactly like the classic one. Divide the kids into two teams and put a list of Valentine’s Day words and phrases into a hat (or bowl).
One child will pull a word or phrase from the hat and draw it for their team to guess. Use a timer if you’d like to limit the time for each team to draw and guess. If they guess right, they get a point and then it’s the other team’s turn to do the same.
Rotate who draws each time until everyone has had a turn. At the end, the team with the most points wins.
3. Valentine’s Day Matchmaker
For a neat printable game, hand out some pencils and see how good the kids are at matching up the famous couples.
Who is Shrek’s sweetie pie? What character completes Miss Piggy? And what about Mickey Mouse—who is his love?
With characters from cartoons, fairy tales, movies, and television shows, kids just pop in the partner for each name. Purple Trail provides 20 characters on the list with an answer key just in case you aren’t sure yourself. Plus, you can add more couples for even more fun. Whoever guesses the most right wins.
Party Games for Adults
Maybe you’re planning a group gathering of your own when cupid arrives this year. For some great games that adults can play, these options will keep the party going.
4. All Paired Up
This first game could be played at a party for kids as well. But it really fits in great for an adult party ice-breaker, especially for singles.
Cut hearts out of construction paper and then cut or tear each one in half. Try to make those cuts as different as you can. Put all the halves into a bowl and as each guest arrives, have them grab one. Then, throughout the party, the guests must find who has the matching half of their heart.
There isn’t any scoring or winning with this game. But for a large party, it can get conversations (and maybe even relationships) started.
5. Who’s Who?
Who’s Who? is a fun game for movie buffs. Get some sticky notes and something to write with. Then, put the title of a movie onto each one like one of these romantic comedies you can watch right now or, for a bit of a twist, these 10 films to watch on Valentine’s Day if you’re single.
As your guests arrive, stick the notes to their backs so they don’t know which move they have. Throughout the party, guests will ask other guests questions about their movie to see if they can figure out what it is. You can give a prize to the one who guesses first for some extra incentive.
If you like how this game sounds, you could go beyond movies with a different theme too. Try it with romantic song titles or common Valentine’s Day gifts.
6. Name That Love Song
Speaking of romantic songs, Name That Love Song is a nifty party game. Find some of those mushy love songs and write down several lines from each song onto pieces of paper.
Then, when you and your guests are sitting around chatting, start the game. Either give each person a piece of the paper with the song lyrics, or have them pull out of a hat. Next, have each person read the lyrics in an extremely dramatic way. See which guest can guess the name of the song first.
Have each person read their lyrics and of all the guests, the one with the most correct answers wins.
Mobile Games for Couples
Whether you and your significant other like to work together or prefer playing games to boost your relationship, we have a few mobile games for you. These are specifically for two players, enjoyable, and easy to pick up and play.
Dual is a local two-player game, so you just need your mobile devices and either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You can choose from three modes: Duel, Deflect, or Defend. The goal for the Duel mode is to tilt your device to avoid bullets while shooting them at your partner at the same time. See who is the last one standing in this classic mode.
If you would rather work together, the Defend mode lets you team up to take on your attackers. Deflect mode lets you score by curving a ball onto your partner’s screen. Note that Deflect and Defend only come with the full version of the game. But only one person needs that version for both people to play.
8. Red Hands
Red Hands is like the good old game of chicken. This one tests your speed and reflexes using just one device. With one player on each side of the screen, the attacker taps to slap the hand of the defender. The defender must tap to move their hand out of the way at the right time.
The attacker scores for each successful slap of the defender’s hand. The first player to score 10 points reigns supreme.
Bounden is an interesting game where your only choice is to work together. Using one device, you take hold of one end. Then, tilt it as you twirl, spin, and move your body in a dance of love. Your goal is to move the device so that it follows a path of rings.
The game offers tutorial videos starring the Dutch National Ballet, eight different dances, and classical music by Bart Delissen. It’s a great Valentine’s Day game for creating something together. So let the dance begin!
Texting Games for Faraway Friends
When pals are across the miles and spending Valentine’s Day alone, texting games to play with friends can bring a smile to everyone’s face. These cool games are simple and fun, and don’t even require an internet connection.
10. Story Time
Story Time is an entertaining texting game to play with a friend or family member. Plus, you can play with more than two people.
One person begins by texting the other a word or sentence. The other person replies with a word or sentence building off of the first’s. The point is to create a story together.
You can use a theme if you like. Maybe you would both love a mystery story, heroic adventure, or simple comedy. Or just make it a surprise based on each other’s contributions. No matter what, the story is sure to become an entertaining one!
11. Take a Trip
Take a Trip is somewhat of a word game. One person starts by texting “I am going to X and am taking X.” Both words that replace the X must start with the letter A.
The next person takes their turn doing the same thing by filling in the blanks, but must use the letter B. The game continues until you make your way through the alphabet. Just think about the hilarious combinations you can each come up with for this texting game. Good luck when you hit those tough letters!
12. Stack Words
One more awesome texting game is called Stack Words. The first person starts by texting a word within a category that both choose together like food, cars, or cities.
Your pal takes their turn to text a word in that category, but it must start with the last letter of your word. For example, if the category is cities, you might text Chicago. Your friend’s response must start with the letter O, so they may reply with Orlando.
The game can continue on as long as no one gets stuck. So, it could take days or even longer. But you can chat along with way and have fun at the same time.
Play Some Games This Valentine’s Day
No matter your plans this Valentine’s Day, you can have a blast with some of these fun games. And if you enjoyed what these games brought to your relationship, make sure to check out our best Valentine’s Day apps and the apps every couple should be using. If you’re looking for more ways to get into the Valentine’s mood, take a look at these sites for free electronic Valentine’s cards.
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