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Kids' Party Games for Valentine's Day: Catch My Heart

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This game starts simple enough, but as players get the hang of it, tossing another ball or bean bag into the mix could bring on the giggles.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 to 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. This game works best with a group of five to 12 players. Have the children sit or stand in a circle facing each other.
  2. Hand one player a red ball or heart-shaped bean bag (you can make your own heart-shaped bean bags by modifying these instructions for square ones).
  3. Tell the player holding the ball to call out another player's name and then gently toss the ball to them.
  4. The player whose name was called catches the ball and then announces another player's name and throws it to them. Continue this until all the players get a chance throwing and catching the ball. Give the kids some time to feel comfortable with this and challenge them to see how long they can continue without dropping the ball.
  5. Once everyone's feeling confident, throw a second ball into the mix. Now they must keep two balls going without dropping either one.
  6. Again, once they get the hang of that, throw a third ball into the game. And a fourth, if they can handle it.
  7. Have the players see how long they can keep the balls in the air. Start a new round once a ball drops.
  8. The game ends when the kids show signs that they're tired of playing it.

Tips:

  1. Tell the children to throw the balls or bean bags gently. Not only will they have a better chance of catching them and keeping the game going, but they'll avoid hurting someone.

What You Need

  • Three or four red balls or heart-shaped bean bags
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