Tiny little clues lead to great big fun.
To create clues, try the following, or use your own funny riddles: 1. I like to bark and chase a stick. Draw a picture of me and hang it up quick. 2. I'm thin and long and colored red. I'm tied around the ponytail on a little girl's head. 3. I've got five points and twinkle in the sly. Cut me out of tinfoil and put me up high. 4. Although my name rhymes with stupid, I'm as cute as can be. Cut my shape out of paper and hang me on the tree. 5. I'm made of two letters and stand for a hug and a kiss. If you hang my picture on the tree, you just can't miss.
Set up a Valentine's tree centerpiece on the dining room table; a small bare branch held upright in a jar of marbles or stones works well.
Write clues on small pieces of paper for items that the kids must find or make of paper and hang on the tree. Then tie the clues onto the branches of the tree.
When the kids come back with the last item, have small gifts waiting under the tree.