Conversation Heart Bingo

Spread a little love this upcoming Valentine's Day
Supplies
Lots of conversation hearts; either a box per person (as they are sold in the stores) or a bowlful for each few players
Our downloadable bingo template
Small bags (optional)
Foil-wrapped chocolate hearts (optional; see variations)
Setup

1. Hand out conversation hearts and boards to everyone. If you wish you can give everyone a small bag as well.
2. Have your players place a different heart in each space on the board. Players can repeat phrases if they like.
3. Designate a caller; set them up in a place where they can be seen and heard. Give them a bowl or box of conversation hearts.

How to Play

1. The caller selects one conversation heart from the bowl and reads out what it says.
2. Players that have that phrase may remove that heart (just one) from their board. They may, at that time, eat their heart, or, if you have provided bags, place their hearts in their bag.
3. Continue calling out heart phrases until someone gets 5 blank spaces in a row.
4. To play another round, simply have everyone replace the missing hearts on their board with new hearts, and play again.

Variations

1. If you really want to sweeten things up, give the players 5 foil-wrapped chocolate hearts to place over the letters on the bingo board header. Let them eat a heart if they win a round. Everyone, of course, gets to keep their candy... so no one is ever a loser in this game!
2. Don't let anyone eat their hearts until a winner has been declared for the round. Have them save their hearts. Those that claim they have won must then compare their hearts to the hearts called by the caller (caller will line them up as they are called).

Tips

1. You may want to let your players eat a few hearts before the game starts to keep them from going bonkers!
2. If your players are young and can't read yet, play for color instead of sayings.

Stats
Activity Length
15 - 30 minutes
Age
School-age
Tween
Teen
Competitiveness
Either/or (can be played either way)
Educational

1. Helps with letter recognition and reading.

Difficulty
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Indoor/Outdoor
Either
Mess Factor
Dustpan, please
Noise Level
Semi-rambunctious
Number of Players
3 to 4
5 to 10
10 to 20
20+
As many as you can handle!
Prep Time
5 - 10 minutes
Team Division
Every man for himself (individual players)