I love themed family fun nights. For me, it’s the easiest way to take less than $5 and have an absolute blast. The kids think even the most basic of activities are so much more fun if you add a little “theme” to it. So last Friday night, we had a Conversation Hearts Fun Night. So super fun!
Conversation Heart Stack—>
Materials needed: conversation hearts, heart stack printable (pictured below), pencil, timer
How to play: Players get one minute to see how many hearts they can stack up. It’s ok to make multiple stacks. The highest stack wins. The printable has a place to record your score for each round.
Materials: conversation hearts, timer, straws, plates, heart doilies (you could cut heart shapes out of paper or use fun napkins, too)
How to play: Players get one minute to see how many hearts they can transfer onto the plate by sucking through the straw. The player with the most hearts on her plate at the end of one minute wins.
Materials: conversation hearts, a vase (the smaller the neck, the more challenging the game), timer
How to Play: The game is simple. Drop the hearts into the vase. You can set a timer and the person with the most hearts at the end of that time wins. Or you could give each player a small bowl of hearts and let them drop them all. The person with the most in the vase wins. we don’t allow players to bend over during the game. They must stand straight. Also, hearts are dropped from their nose level.
The Great Candy Race—>
Materials: bowl of conversation hearts, spoons, timer, a small bowl for each player
How to play: Players each get a spoon and 5 minutes to see how many hearts they can transfer into their bowl. I set up the main bowl across the room from the small bowls. Players can NOT use their hands at all in this game. The spoon goes in their mouth and they may carry as many hearts as they want on the spoon. The player who gets the most hearts in their small bowl at the end of 5 minutes wins. My children chose to crawl across the room. I didn’t make them, but I think it was easier.
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