I wish I could take credit for this one. However, my kids get the gold stars for this post. Those little people are always engineering new games on their own. I was elbow deep in dishes and they were rummaging for spoons and cuties. I peeked at their game and realized it was genius.
This game isn’t groundbreaking. But it shows how easy it is to plan something that doesn’t revolve around cupcakes. I’ve heard disappointed kids talk about school parties and they say with a sigh, “all we did was eat.” Kids want to play and play and play. Usually it’s the adults who engineer the overload of food and neglect the games.
This is a perfect game to play at a school party that combines a universally liked fruit and an active game. Ask a few parents to supply the cuties and another one to supply the spoons and you’re done.
The best part about the spoon race concept – it’s easy and endlessly adaptable. I’ve played variations with toddlers, teens, and adults. There are always laughs. If this game is foreign to you, don’t panic. You simply have participants line up and race across the room while balancing their cutie on a spoon. Alert! No touching with the other hand to stabilize. If they drop it, they need to start back at the beginning. Make sure you have clear guidelines on start and finishing lines.
- Use bigger spoons for younger kids. Serving spoons work great.
- Use smaller spoons for older kids. The tinier the better.
- If the group has mastered walking with the cuties – have them try doing lunges, walking backwards, march with high knees, etc.
- Not enough spoons? or working on team building? Form teams and turn it into a relay race.
- Up the ante for the relay and have each team member do a different move or use smaller and smaller spoons.
Need more classroom activities for Cupid Season? Download this free printable with 16 Valentine’s Day Brain Breaks. They are beyond adorable and perfect for PreK – 4th graders.
One more thing and it’s a BIG thing. This is the first day of #LoveHealthy! It’s an action-packed two weeks of healthier ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss a single post or giveaway by liking the #LoveHealthy Facebook page. Start to squeal with excitement because we’ll get recipes, games, and other wonderful thoughts from these bloggers:
- Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition
- Stacy @ School Bites
- Bri @ Red, Round, or Green
- Donna @ The Hanging Spoon
- Jill @ Just the Right Byte
- Kia @ Today I Ate a Rainbow
- Bettina @ The Lunch Tray
- Natalie & Amy @ Super Healthy Kids
Follow the #LoveHealthy Pinterest page which is quickly becoming the web’s best collection of healthier Valentine’s Day ideas. Truly. You’ll find games, non-candy Valentines, crafts, dips, quick breads, salads, and the most amazing cupid skewers you’ve ever laid eyes on.