Whether it’s part of your school’s Valentine’s party policy or just a fun alternative, check out these creative ideas for non-candy Valentine’s. All of them have free printables!
I’m not sure how we’re turning the corner to February already! My all time favorite candy comes out during Valentine’s Day (which means it’s been in the grocery stores since the day after Christmas). So far I’m keeping to my resolution of cutting back on added sugar, but I’m sure I’ll have to break down and buy at least one bag. Brach’s Cinnamon Jelly Hearts, why do you have to be so darn good!?
Carter’s new school has a no-candy Valentine rule for their annual “Friendship Party”. Typically we’ve made non-candy Valentines most years because for a while he didn’t really like much candy, except suckers (whose kid is he!?), so it isn’t a big change for us.
I thought a round up was in order to help you in case you were looking for similar ideas. Free printables available for all of them! (Some links may be affiliate links to Amazon or other trusted retailers).
It’s No S-T-R-E-T-C-H Being Your Friend! – We made these last year, but I never got around to posting about them. Here’s the link to buy the Stretchy Smiley Guys on Amazon. I’m trying to locate the link to the printable, but otherwise, I made it for free on Canva.
Science Test Tube Valentines by Little Bins for Little Hands – Carter loves science and this is the Valentine he’s decided to make this year. I feel super accomplished that I just ordered the needed items from Amazon, two weeks early people! Who am I?!
You’re the Balm Valentines by Kat Balog – Super cute idea, especially for this time of year with all the dry air (at least here in Iowa). Here’s another one from Everyday Savvy that uses EOS Lip Balm.
DIY Valentine Slime by Crayons and Cravings – for your slime making addicted kids!
Glow Sticks Science Experiment by Little Bins for Little Hands – because who doesn’t love glow sticks!
Pencil Valentines by Six Time Mommy – simple and customizable to your child’s personality with your pencil choices.
I Get a Kick Out of You – Ninja Valentines
Play Doh Valentines by Crayons and Cravings
Star Wars Glow Stick Light Sabers by Everyday Savvy
Glow Bouncy Ball Valentines – Because what kid doesn’t love things that glow! We had several glow bouncy balls left over so we handed them out as Halloween candy alternatives, which were a big hit.
Color My World Valentines by DIY Candy
Felt Fortune Cookies – Hide sweet notes or cute jokes!
If you’re anything like me, you and your kids will probably be starting these at the last minute. Most of the small toys are available on Amazon with 2 day Prime shipping or could be found at your local party store. Print the printables, and you’re set. Good luck!