Shake, Roll, & Mold Valentine’s Day Love Bug Game
As I have mentioned, I’m the room mom for my daughter’s third grade class. The Valentine’s Day party is coming up and I am not finding much that looks like fun for a bunch of eight- and nine-year-olds out there in cyberspace. They think they are too old for a lot of the cutesy crafts and kid games I’ve done in years past. The boys love anything hands-on where they get to create something, make a little bit of a mess, and use their imaginations. So here’s the game I came up with for one of the six stations we do: it’s a spin-off of the ol’ roll a jack-o-lantern or tree game.
- A cup for each child
- Brach’s conversation hearts (the original small ones)
- A canister of play dough
- Game Printable
In each cup, place seven conversation hearts. Make sure they are whole hearts (not broken) and that the conversation words are printed on one side. Give each child a game printout.
To play, they’ll shake the conversation hearts in the cup and pour them out. Count how many are word-side up. Look on your printout to see which bug body part is under the number you rolled. Example: If there are six hearts with word side up, you’d mold a head out of your play dough. Some of the body parts have a times-2 (x2) or more next to them. For those, you’ll work on rolling that number multiple times. For the others you’ll need to just roll them once. If you roll the number again after you’ve already done so, you’d just re-roll. Continue until you have your entire bug molded and assembled.
Great game for younger ages too. My kindergartener tried the game out for me too.
Here he is working on his cute little bug. One antenna kept falling off because we had the cheaper brand play dough. All play dough is not created equal.
Here’s hoping it’s a hit at the party. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment or send an e-mail. Thanks!