Cupid’s Arrow Game

We played the BEST game at my daughter’s 2nd grade Valentines Day Party, and I just have to share it.  It’s simple, easy to prep, inexpensive, easy to clean up and lots of fun for both girls and boys.

It’s called Cupid’s Arrow and here’s what you need:

Q-tips and straws.  I went to my local dollar store and found q-tips in different colors.  Score!  We used two boxes, or 800 q-tips for our class.  You also need straws, but I found that all the straws for sale at local stores, including the adorable paper straws we all love, were too narrow to fit q-tips inside them.  I ended up going to a local fast food chain and buying some milkshake straws for a quarter.

You also need a large bowl and a large blanket or tablecloth that you don’t mind having kids walk on,  because they will.  Oh, and I recommend a trash bag as well.  I’ve learned that taking an extra trash bag to any class party is always helpful, just like bringing your own dish towels to any church kitchen.

To play the game, simply lay the blanket out on the floor and place the bowl on one end of it.  Line the children up on the other end and give them all a straw and a fistful of q-tips.

When you say “go” they start putting q-tips into one end of the straw and blowing through the straw to “shoot” their arrow.  The goal is to get q-tips into the bowl.  We had two teams, represented by the two q-tip colors.  Stand back and let them shoot.  Seriously, you will end up with q-tips all over the place but they will have fun learning how to aim and get them in.  I found that the girls enjoyed this activity as much as the boys did.

The blanket on the floor is intended to help the kids stay back an equal distance from the bowl, but I found that their excitement caused them to get closer and closer.  I let them.  The point is to have fun, after all.  We didn’t end up counting which team won at the end anyway, because they just wanted to shoot the whole time.  At the end of each rotation we collected the q-tips from around the floor and dumped them in the bowl, which I dumped in the trash.

Before they went to the next station, we also did a quick Jello Slurping contest.  They kept their straws, sat on my blanket (to protect the classroom carpet), got a cup of jello and waited for “go.”  It was fun to watch them.

My daughter and her friend (and my two year old in the background who climbed on top of the desks while we were playing… I can’t keep that child on the floor!  Every time I turn around she’s on top of a counter, desk or table):

Cupid’s Arrow was a really fun game, so much fun that I wanted to play it later as a family but the night was just too crazy.  Instead, we’re going to have a q-tip war sometime soon.  I can just picture it:  ten people blowing hundreds of q-tips around my family room.  It’s going to be great!

Hopeful Homemaker

11 comments

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  • Melanie

    Adorable girls and just the type of activity I was looking for- thank you for sharing! :0)

  • Stacy

    Love this! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Liberty Boblett

    This is a great idea! I am in charge of games for my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party. I am so excited to play this game!

  • Jill Gobel

    I am a 2nd grade teacher and LOVE any game that doesn’t require a lot of prep or money. This hits the spot! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jennifer

    These ideas are SO cute! I will be using them next year in class for sure!

  • Stacy

    We played something similar at the library. We hung one of those sticky fly tapes from the ceiling and you had to shoot your qtip up to get it to stick on the paper. So much fun!

  • Rebecca

    My Girl Scout Troop will LOVE this game…it’s perfect as our scheduled monthly meeting falls on Valentine’s day! Thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

  • Amy

    Is there any danger of them possibly sucking the q-tip down their throat. I love how fun this game sounds, but I have a “choking paranoia.”

  • jennifer

    Rebecca, I hope they love it! The kids I played it with had so much fun and wanted to do it over and over. Thanks for visiting! -Jennifer

  • jennifer

    Amy, I never once have had a child suck the q-tip instead of blow. I really don’t think there is a danger of it going down a throat because of the length of a q-tip and the fact that it doesn’t bend that easily. If someone accidentally sucked in, they might feel the cotton in their mouth but I don’t think they would choke before they could easily pull it out. I feel like it’s a safe, fun game, and my experiences in classrooms have never been anything but fun. Thanks!

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