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Kids' Party Games: Valentine's Day Matchmaker

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Looking for fun kids' party games for Valentines Day? If you have a large group of children, play this game of Matchmaker, where the players must ask clues to figure out their identities and then find their mates.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Write the names of famous couples and friends on strips of paper. There should be one name on each strip, not both members of the couple on one strip.
  2. Here are some suggested names: Santa and Mrs. Claus; Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse; Fred and Wilma Flintstone; Batman and Catwoman; Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf; Aladdin and Jasmine; Hansel and Gretel; Peter Pan and Tinker Bell; Betty and Barney Rubble; King Kong and Ann Darrow; Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein; Robin Hood and Maid Marian; Cinderella and Prince Charming; Shrek and Fiona; Shrek and Donkey; Lady and the Tramp; Michelle and Barack Obama; Cleopatra and Mark Antony; Romeo and Juliet; Dora and Boots; Pinocchio and Gepetto; Goldilocks and Baby Bear.
  3. Tape one strip on each player’s back, making sure they don’t see the name of their character. Once all the children have names on their backs, have the players mingle in the room.
  4. Players should look at the names on each other’s backs and then answer questions for one another about their characters.

    A player can ask for clues that might lead to their character’s identity, but they cannot provide the information to another player without being asked.

    For example, a player with the name Shrek on his back might ask, “Am I a character from a movie or a book? Am I a nice character or am I mean?” Other players should answer the questions, but they can’t just walk up to the player with the name Shrek on his back and say, “You’re green. You’re a cartoon character from a movie. Your sidekick is a donkey.”

  5. As players figure out their own identities, they must then find their mate. So, continuing with that example, Shrek would find Fiona and the two would stop mingling and raise their hands to indicate that they’re done.
  6. The first couple to correctly identify themselves and find each other wins. Or, if you don't want to crown a winner, simply hand each team a prize after they've found each other.

Tips:

  1. Know your audience. For young children, skip some of the more sophisticated couples like Romeo and Juliet and Cleopatra and Marc Antony.
  2. Likewise, young players might benefit from a printed picture of the character along with the name on the strips that are taped to players' backs. They might have seen the movie Shrek but can't think of answers to the other player's questions unless they're looking at a picture of Shrek's green, grinning mug.

What You Need

  • Paper and pen
  • Printouts of pictures of the characters if you're playing with young children
  • Tape
  • Prizes (optional)
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