How is it already Valentine’s Day again? If you are like me, you probably have not done anything to prepare for this holiday inside or outside your classroom. And this year, I’m not too excited about getting my students all sugared up on candy hearts and chocolate and other typically Valentine’s Day treats. I don’t want my own kids to have those either. Plus, I have a few students in my class that have nut and/or dairy allergies which eliminates a lot of options for candy!
This go me thinking about some other possibilities to give to my students this year and for my own kids to hand out. (Yes, my 3 year old and 1 year old will give little Valentine’s treats at their day care!) I started my search for a few possibilities and came up with this list of last minute non-candy Valentine’s that are perfect for the classroom (and not too expensive!)
1. Bag of Chips Valentines from MeetPenny.com
Grab a box of the variety chips pack and staple the cute tag on top. MeetPenny.com shares several other ideas on how to create quick, inexpensive Valentine’s that kids will still love! These are a great idea for any classroom since you can avoid allergies with the different types of chips. Check out the site for more ideas and you can request to download the chips tags too!
2. Dollar Store Finds
Cars, glowsticks, dinosaurs… my son would love to get any of these Valentine’s! I especially like the idea of a glow stick. Even my middle school students would love to get one! Life As A Mama shares some good Valentine’s day finds on the cheap.
3. A Bouncy Ball!
Another brilliant non-candy idea. Although, I’m not sure I would allow them to be taken out of their bags in my classroom. I have images of bouncy balls flying all over the place and children running around trying to catch them. I think these are better left to be taken home! Still, it’s a simple, yet awesome Valentine! If you go to the site, you can download the cute tag for free!
4. Like crazy straws? Who doesn’t!
This idea is so easy! Kids can have fun sipping their milk at lunch with these little guys. If you head on over to Gingersnapcrafts.com, you can even get a free printable download. Even easier!
5. Bear Hugs
I actually did this idea a few years ago when my son needed something to bring to daycare, but I like the idea of “Bear Hugs” from Ladyslittleloves even more. Teddy Grahams will definitely be a hit with any age. Head on over to the cite to download a free printable!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!