Butterflies and Valentines ~ Activities and Party Ideas For Kids

Butterfly by whologwhy on flickrThis year I am planning a butterfly-themed Valentines Day party; a little different, I know!  The theme was partly inspired by a gift from my mom-in-law to my daughter of a butterfly cupcake decorating set, and partly by my fervent desire for an early Spring.  First in this post are ideas I found for a butterfly-themed party, then scroll down for some educational fun for Valentines Day.  Thank you for visiting!

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Party Ideas

Butterfly ValentineButterfly Valentines

This free printable Valentine is from the Juneberry Lane blog.  (Their post also has better pictures, and a flower Valentine printable, too.)  You need the printable butterfly, lollipops, and googly eyes. This photo was taken before we added our stickers and glitter.

Classic Candy Guessing GameGuessing Game Prize Butterfly Jar

This miniature old-time candy jar was purchased at Hobby Lobby on sale for $1.50.  The kids will each list their guess at the number of candies in the jar (188 in this one…shhhh), and whoever guesses the closest number gets to take the jar home as a prize.

Butterfly Hunt

While searching for butterfly-themed party games, I found several ideas on how to have a Butterfly Hunt.  Some hosts added dragonflies and insects – for the boys, I suppose!

It is basically just like an Easter egg hunt, except the kids look for hidden butterflies instead of eggs, and use a butterfly net instead of a basket to gather them.  (I don’t think we’ll use nets this time, but it’s a great idea!)Foam Butterflies

The Birthday Parties 4 Kids site suggested hiding plastic butterflies, but I couldn’t find those.  I did find glittery foam sticker butterflies and are quite happy with them – my daughter and I love the colors!  We used a few to decorate the favor bags, and I’ll hide the rest for the hunt. We found larger glittery foam butterflies to decorate the walls, too.  (See Birthday Parties 4 Kids for more butterfly party ideas.)

Butterfly Snacks

The Hostess With The Mostess blog features a butterfly party post with beautiful pictures and great ideas for snacks.  We are serving cupcakes, of course, and butterfly-shaped pretzels (made by Pepperidge Farm – they also make butterfly crackers).

Craft

We are diverting from the butterfly theme for the craft – I found heart-shaped paper mache boxes to decorate.  The older girls are going to decoupage their boxes (see the tiles we made last year – they had so much fun last year that I decided to bring out the Mod Podge again this year).  The younger ones will get to paint their boxes, use stickers, and glue on craft rhinestones.

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Heart Shaped Rice Krispie BarsValentine Peanut Butter Butterscotch Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

More Party Ideas

Valentines Day Crafts

See my Valentines Pinterest Board for lots of ideas!

Valentines Educational Activities

Book Suggestions

These are some of our favorite books about love and friendship.

Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool!  Please feel free to comment below with your ideas.


Text and Images Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew, except for butterfly image from flickr.com, used under the Creative Commons license.  Image credit: whologwhy.

Disclosure: Many of the links on this page are to free resources.  Some of the links are affiliate links to Amazon.com, and I will receive a small commission if they are used to make a purchase. However, I only recommend products and companies that I believe will benefit my readers.

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