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Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

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Are you looking for a fun Valentine’s Day activity to do with your kids?  Your preschool and elementary aged school kids are going to love chasing Cupid around your house in this Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt!  

Since we are homeschooling this year, I am doing my best to make all the holidays as special as possible (because it seems to be one of the only ways to break up the monotony.) I’ve been looking ahead to Valentine’s and trying to plan activities to do with my kids.  I think we will definitely do things like bingo, a craft like this, and then make a treat, likely one of these

Because my kids loved the traditional Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt so much at Christmas, I decided to put one together for Valentine’s Day.  I think scavenger hunts are so fun for littles for several reasons; the excitement of figuring out clues, the treats, and of course the magic.

The premise of this activity is that Cupid is going to stop by your house, see the treats sitting out on the counter, grab them, and leave clues around the house for your kids to find him and their stolen treats!

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Setting up a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt:

This scavenger hunt requires only a miniscule amount of prep time.  You essentially need to do two things: prep the clues and buy/make treats.

Overview of Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt Printable

Clues:

The clues for this scavenger hunt can be found at the bottom of this page.  I would suggest simply printing them off and cutting them out.  You could print them on cardstock if you have it, but they would also work fine on normal printer paper.  If you’re feeling ambitious, you could glue them onto construction paper and maybe even put them into a cute envelope. 

 

Treats:

For this fun Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt activity, you simply need a plate of treats. As far as the treats go, this is up to you!  You can get out a plate and fill it with Oreo cookies or you can make a treat (try one of these!)  It honestly doesn’t matter, do what works best for you!  

 

Get Organized:

After you’ve prepped the clues and figured out treats, I would encourage you to make a plan and get organized.  Make sure you know where you are going to hide each of the clues.  I’ve numbered the clues and made a Cheat Sheet (included in printable with clues), so it’s easy to know where to put each one.  (I always get confused when I’m placing clues about which one goes where!)  

 

Prepare your Kids:

At this point, I would also come up with a planned distraction for your kids, while you (or someone else) hides the treats and the clues.  If your kids haven’t heard about Cupid, this would be a great time to tell them about Cupid.  I think either this book or this one would be good.  It would at least introduce the topic of Cupid, which you could elaborate on as much as you’d like.

 

Tips for Having a Fun Cupid Scavenger Hunt:

If you have the clues, the treats and a plan in place you are ready!  Here’s a few additional tips to help your scavenger hunt go perfectly (or as well as possible):

  • You could leave pieces of treats (sprinkles or crumbs) to make it look like Cupid is carrying the treats around with him!
  • You could say things like “Did you just see something fly by?  I could’ve sworn I saw something.”
  • Depending on the age of your kids, you could have them guess the last word of the clue, since it rhymes!

 

Printable Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt File:

Here is the file for the free Printable Cupid Scavenger Hunt.  If you have any questions, please reach out. 

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I wish you a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your kids.  I hope this Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt has helped make it a little more special.

Stay savvy,

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