After a preschool Valentine’s party, my daughter came home with lollipops, chocolates, sour, chewy and basic heart shaped candies. In other words, enough red 40 and sugar to last her the entire year. I know, I’m being uptight. It’s a holiday and I should simply let my kids have fun. One day of sugar overload isn’t going to harm them right? The thing is, it seems like there are birthdays and holidays every week. In addition, there are plenty of other cute “no-candy” ideas that kids will appreciate. With all of the allergies out there, many schools have rules about what type of food can be brought into the classroom. Thus, this year, why not try one of these cute, candy-free valentines for kids (or really anyone).
For these Valentines, you will need some thicker, resealable plastic bags. These can be found at most craft stores. I used bags that were four inches by five inches. I purchased a pack of 100 for less than $3. You can use Ziploc bags too, but it won’t look as nice. Also, if possible, purchase some card stock that won’t crinkle when stapled to the outside of the bag. Some shaped craft scissors are a nice way to add a little more flair to your candy free valentines. For the bag toppers, you can find a wide range of free printable options at avery.com.
You Make my Heart Go “Vroooom”
Kids will love this toy and card in one. Simply purchase some small toy cars. Next, print out some bag topper tags that say “You make my heart go ‘vroooom.’ ” Then, pop a car into each bag and staple the bag topper over the top of the bag. You can also simply print out a label with the saying on it.
You’re My Main Squeeze
I love these cute mini relaxable squeeze hearts. Having something to squeeze can actually help some kids with attention, calming and focus. You can put the hearts into a bag and then write on a label “You’re my main squeeze.”
I Can’t Erase You From my Mind
Valentine-themed erasers are an inexpensive way to make a no candy valentine. These can simply be taped to a piece of cardstock with the phrase “I can’t erase you from my mind” on them. Or, like the others, you can put the erasers in a bag with a topper.
I’m Pawsitive I Like You
You can give out paw stickers or paw stampers. Pair these with a cute animal-themed valentine or in a bag with a label that says “I’m Pawsitive I like You!”
These DIY candy free valentines are a sure way to make any child smile. These don’t have to be for the classroom either. You can give them to your kids, co-workers or special someone for a Valentine’s Day surprise. I’ll still let my kids have sweets on Valentine’s Day. I just think there is more to life than candy.
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Five Charming and Romantic Handmade Valentine Cards
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