I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for ways to make the smaller holidays more fun for my kids. Valentines Day isn't geared towards kids–especially boys. What boy gets thrilled about pink hearts and ruffles? I know mine don't. But throw in some candy, and Valentines Day becomes much more fun!
This matching game involves chocolate, so it's perfect for Valentine's Day. It would work great for classroom parties, but we've been playing it at home and my boys love it. Every time you find a match, you get to eat the Hershey's kisses. Who doesn't love that?
To set up the matching game, download and print the free printable game card below. Then punch out the circles and glue them to the bottom of Hershey kisses. (A 3/4" punch is the perfect size.)
It takes a little while, but it's a perfect job for little hands, so have your kids help you glue them all on.
Arrange the kisses in rows on a flat surface.
To play the Valentines Matching Game, take turns choosing pairs of Hershey kisses. If the two pictures on the bottom are a match, you get to keep (and eat) the Hershey kisses.
Note: This game works best with multiple players, but if you have a small group, you can simply punch out fewer pictures. I know I for one wouldn't want my kids downing 30+ kisses in one sitting!
Update 2/5/13–I found out why many of you are having issues printing the game, and it is because I am a newbie to printables and don't know what I'm doing. Yes, it is true, I'm admitting it. I used dingbat fonts for the graphics, and apparently if you don't have them on your computer, they won't print out. I had no idea!
I have made a second addition of the Matching Game and added a second page to the PDF file. I replaced all of the dingbat fonts with shapes that I created all by myself. Wheww! It's not quite as cute, but it should work for all of you. If you don't have the fonts "Luv n Kisses, 4Yeoval, and WMValentine", use the second version!!
To download and print the game, just click one of the links below:
Matching Game Version 2 (No more troublesome dingbats)
Happy Valentine's Day!