Valentine’s Day Game: Cupid’s Arrow Toss

by Meghan

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Big M (age 4) is obsessed with the movie, Brave, and pretending to be Merida.  So much so, that she often runs around the house with a plastic coat hanger (her bow) pretending to shoot arrows.  My husband and father-in-law have fed her obsession by taking her for archery practice at Cabela’s.  Building on her interest, I created this simple Valentine’s Day Game for kids– Cupid’s Arrow Toss! For more party game ideas, be sure to check out a Year’s Worth of Awesome Kids Party Games here.

All you need for this easy Valentine's Day game for kids is paper plates, straws, construction paper and glue! They'll be tossing arrows like cupid in no time! The perfect party game for room moms to set up for classroom parties or at home for a festive holiday activity


Valentine’s Day Game: Cupid’s Arrow Toss

Cupid’s Arrow Toss is a Valentine’s Day Game that meets all my basic activity requirements: minimal materials required, affordable and incorporating multiple development skills.  First, let’s cover how to set it up and the minimal, affordable materials required.

How to Make Cupid’s Arrow Toss

To make the game, you only need a few materials, all of which you can likely find at the Dollar Store or Target Dollar Spot (two of my favorite activity stalking grounds!).

Supplies

Pink paper plates
Pink or Valentine-themed straws
Large number stickers
Red and pink card stock or construction paper
Hot glue (for use with adult supervision only)

Cost: Less than $5
Prep Time: Less than 15 minutes
Clean-Up Time: Less than 2 minutes

First, pull 6-10 paper plates out and add your number stickers to the center of each plate, numbering them 1 through 6, or 10, depending on how many you choose to use.  Next, you need to make your arrows.  For each arrow, you will need one straw, two hearts and two arrow shapes.

Valentine's Day Game - Making Cupid's Arrows

Use hot glue to affix the hearts to one end of the straw, sandwiching the straw between the two hearts, and the arrows to the opposite end.  Use scissors to make fringe on the arrows.

Set up your paper plates on the ground like bowling pins, and hand over the arrows to your kids to play the game!

How to Play the Valentine’s Day Game

There are several ways you can play Cupid’s Arrow Toss, varying my age and development level.  For my toddler, Lil’ M, we worked on using a good pencil grip to hold the arrow and number recognition, calling out the number her arrow landed on.

Valentine's Day Game - Pencil Grip on Cupid's Arrows

For Big M, my preschooler, we worked on the full gross motor motion of throwing the arrow, overhanded – aim, pull back, step and release, and follow through.  She would call out the number she was aiming for before throwing her arrow (not that it always made it there!).

For older kids, you could add an additional math component, keeping score by adding up the numbers on which their arrows land.

Cupid's Arrow Toss - A Valentine's Game

Our Valentine’s Day Game has been a fan favorite at home this month.  I’ve kept it on the shelf in the playroom, and pull it out once or twice a week when the natives are starting to go stir crazy! If you enjoyed this game, you might also like Top 10 Valentine’s Day Party Games for Preschool and Valentine Bingo with printable game cards.  You can find all of these, as well as more of our favorites from around the web on our Games for Kids board on Pinterest.

Our Valentine Bingo game printable features 2 different sets of 20 unique game cards. Play the colored hearts version with at your preschool Valentine's Day party, or opt for the conversation heart phrase version for your early readers | Party Games | Valentine's Day | Kids Activities | Candy Hearts | Sweethearts | Room Mom Ideas

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Looking for some more Valentine’s Day fun? Check out some of these great ideas from our favorite Kid’s Activity bloggers!

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Hand Knit Hearts | Nemcsok Farms

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Heart Love Bugs Craft | Rhythms of play

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Jennifer Tammy February 3, 2016 - 3:28 pm

I love love love this activity – it’s brilliant and I love how easy those cute arrows are to make. We usually break out the bean bags for activities like this, but those would make a fun little twist, and I’m sure we could save them to use next year, too!

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PGPBMeghan February 4, 2016 - 2:41 pm

Thanks, Jennifer. One tip from our trial and error – cover or fill the hole of the straw with glue. Helps them ‘shoot straight’!

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Nicola January 30, 2016 - 2:23 pm

We watched Brave for the first time over the Christmas holidays and we loved it. I can see my kids getting very competitive playing this game. I like the idea of getting them to add the numbers as they go.

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PGPBMeghan January 30, 2016 - 2:38 pm

It is definitely one of my favorite Disney movies… not your typical damsel in distress heroine!

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Emma January 28, 2016 - 11:33 am

This is a perfect fit for a Merida wannabe! 🙂 I’m thinking I’ll try something like this with sight words…

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PGPBMeghan January 28, 2016 - 4:00 pm

That’s a great idea – we aren’t quite at site words yet, but imagine that will enter our activity repertoire in the coming year!

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