With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I thought I would try to make this year special for our kids. Scavenger hunts are always fun so I created this free printable Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt and wanted to share it, too!
Free Printable Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt
This whole year has been weird, right? One thing I've learned over the past 12 months is that my kids are stronger and more resilient than I could have imagined. They have their tough moments (as we all do, navigating the uncharted territory of a pandemic) but they've really taken the changes in stride, even better than many adults. I try to make their lives as normal as possible and we've tried to create extra-special holiday memories to make up for the irregularity. I thought it would be fun to make a scavenger hunt for them to search out their Valentine's Day goodies! This is a free printable, so just click on the link or the image below to save and print it for your kids.
Here's the text for each clue and where I plan to hide the clues. You can do them in any order you'd like, but make sure you start and end with the clues in first and last place below.
- To start the hunt for your Valentine's treats, head to where you brush your teeth (bathroom sink)
- It's not where we wash our clothes that counts, but where they warm up and dry out (dryer)
- You wish that you could spend all day in front of this screen, but nope! Go play! (television)
- Keep working together, you're not on your own. Stand on me to see if you've grown (bathroom scale)
- You're finding clues, you'll be done soon. With the next clue, you will see a spoon (silverware drawer)
- When mom is tired and tucked in bed, look under where she lays her head (under mom's pillow)
- Don't stop or you might lose a sock on this machine where you can walk (treadmill)
- If you want to build then this is the place, but it's mostly made for trains to race (train table)
- Trying to figure out your next clue? It's where we keep food cold, and milk too! (refrigerator)
- Scrub-a-dub-dub and wash your hair, you'll find your Valentine's treats there! (bathtub)
I intentionally left two spaces open so you can create personal clues that are relevant to your home!
I printed the scavenger hunt on white cardstock and cut out the hearts with a paper cutter. At the end of the hunt, my kids will find a plastic bin filled with goodies. I'll admit, I may have gone overboard for Valentine's Day but I love holidays! Plus, we didn't have birthday parties for our kids this year so I wanted to splurge a little. I bought the plastic bins at Target; we have a few for storing play dough and paint so I figured we could use them for more craft storage after the holiday. If you need some quick-ship and simple Valentine's Day gift options for your kids, check out what I'm including.
Lincoln's bin is pretty Star Wars oriented because he is in LOVE with "baby oda" (I'll never correct him!). I found a few cute items at Target, Dollar General and Amazon so I'll link what I can or items that are very similar.
- Star Wars Mission Fleet Defend the Child Pack
- Crayola Color Wonder Despicable Me Coloring Pages
- Baby Yoda Stickers
- The Child Candy Dispenser
- Blue Dog with Brach's Candy Hearts (Target)
- Mine Craft Earth Boost Mini Figures
Harper's bin has a mish-mash of things she likes right now. I know she'll be excited about everything and that the scavenger hunt will probably be her favorite part of all!
- Polly Pocket Micro Jungle Safari
- Crayola Frozen 2 Color Wonder Set
- Corgi Stickers
- Nail Polish Set
- Purple Cat with Brach's Candy Hearts (Target)
- Minecraft Earth Boost Mini Figures
I also threw in some Valentine Ding-Dongs and of course our favorite treat, Lindt Lindor Truffles! One thing they don't really need is more sweets (especially with indulgent grandparents and aunts/uncles) so we try not to go crazy with those. I can't wait for the kids to find their Valentine's Day treats at the end of the scavenger hunt. Tyler and I will probably go out for dinner together a different day (the holiday is always crazy) so we're going to make it a family day!
What are your plans for Valentine's Day?
Let me know in the comments!
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