This post is contributed by Jennifer of Study at Home Mama.
Non-Candy but Still Sweet Valentine Ideas…
There are so many positive reasons to give non-candy Valentines but for me, the most important reason is inclusion. Candy Valentines can exclude children with allergies, religious prohibitions (gelatin), or medical conditions such as Diabetes. For me, it’s important that Valentine’s Day – a day about expressing our love and fondness for our friends – is also about inclusion and showing our care by giving Valentine’s that our friends can actually enjoy and partake in.
These Non-Candy Valentines achieve just that! They are fun and lose none of the excitement of a traditional candy valentine, while also being inclusive and giving a kid’s sweet tooth a break.
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23 Cute Non-Candy Valentine Ideas
- Love Bug Valentine – This “Love Bug” Valentine from Raising Lifelong Learners avoids being too creepy crawly – and actually manages to make insects cute!
- Helicopter Valentines – How fun are these Helicopter Valentines from Mom-Inspired Life?!
- LEGO Valentines – LEGO Valentines from Brain-Powered Boy are a great engineering challenge & toy all in one.
- Valentine Thaumatropes – Even if you don’t know what a “thaumatrope” is, I guarantee your kids will love making these Valentine Thaumatropes from Play Dough to Plato.
- Wool-y Valentines – Sensory meets crafts with these Wool-y Valentines from Hello, Wonderful
- Donut Eraser Valentines – These are the printable Valentines we created and shared last week using some cute donut erasers.
- Erupting Volcano Valentines – These Erupting Volcano Valentines from Fun at Home With Kids actually transform into a fun kitchen science project!
- Toy Car Valentines – Perfect for the little car enthusiast, these car bag toppers from See Vanessa Craft are a great non-candy option.
- Seed Valentines – Valentine’s Day is a great time to start thinking about Spring Gardening and starting your seedlings, so these Seed Valentines from Arts n’Crackers are very timely.
- Bubble Valentines – Another awesome Valentine from Hello, Wonderful – these Bubble Valentines can use homemade bubble solution or save money on a big jug.
- Toy Maze Valentines – Let your Valentine know you think they’re amazing with these Maze Valentines from Lemon Lime Adventures.
- Friendship Bracelet Valentines – Kids definitely should be focusing on the friendship aspect of Valentine’s Day, so these homemade friendship bracelet Valentines from Dandee Designs are perfect.
- Monster Eye Ring Valentines – We couldn’t resist making a printable Valentine for these silly monster eye rings when we found them!
- Goldfish Snack Valentines – If you still want to send a school-safe snack, these Goldfish Valentines from Backless Shirt blog are a cute, non-candy option.
- Paper Airplane Valentines – The teacher might not be crazy about them, but I think these Paper Airplane Valentines from No Biggie are so fun!
- Crayons & Coloring Valentines – Crazy Little Projects has a quick Crayon-themed printable Valentine you can just slap on some boxes of crayons and go!
- Army Men Valentines – Send in the troops with these army men Valentines from Armelle Blog.
- Silly Straw Valentines – Ex-straw special Valentines from It’s Always Autumn are perfect if your school has a milk program.
- Punch Balloon Valentines – A pack of balloons and you’re all set with these Punch Balloon Valentines from Paintbrushes and Popsicles.
- Kinetic Sand Valentines – We LOVE Kinetic Sand, and this cute Valentine-sized portion is a perfect introduction to the mess-averse family. (from Smart Schoolhouse)
- Spinning Top Valentines – Here’s a printable Valentine for little spinning top toys that was shared here at B-Inspired Mama a couple years ago.
- The Write Stuff Valentines – Give them the write stuff with this quick DIY Valentine from 30 Handmade Days.
- Coffee Teacher Valentine – And don’t forget the teacher! This Coffee-themed Valentine from Skip to My Lou will definitely have our teacher’s name ALL over it!
What kind of Valentines will your kids be handing out this year? Have any valentine ideas you’d add to the list? Join the conversation in the comments below!
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Full Spectrum Mama says
Colleen Kessler says
Thank you for sharing my love bugs! <3 Happy Valentine's Day!
Krissy @ B-Inspired Mama says
My pleasure! They’re adorable.
I love the gold fish idea! Super cute 🙂
Krissy @ B-Inspired Mama says
I love that one, too!