It’s that time of year again, parents everywhere have to start thinking about what kind of valentines their kid will be taking with them to give to the rest of the class. With restrictions due to allergies and dietary needs, sometimes we need to get a little creative. As a parent, sometimes Pinterest doesn’t translate as nicely as I wish it did in the pictures.
Some years it can be as simple as buying a 24-pack of Avengers foldable Valentines and being done with it. I always want to do that but then always go above and beyond and do something crafty because I am a little kooky. I like doing fun and funky stuff but unfortunately, I am a procrastinator so this is my downfall. In order not to fall into my issues, I created this list. If you and your child are thinking of getting a little more creative this year, here are some ideas to spark your imagination.
This idea comes from Gina at Gigi’s Creative Designs. Tiny and chocolate-y, these are easy to make Valentines that are sure to be unique in the classroom!
Space is something that is a hot topic that a lot of younger kids love. When we came across this blog from Trisha from MomDot, we really liked the general idea of the the jars, but you can feel free to mix it up a bit. You can change the colors and glitter to a variety of different colors just like actual nebulas or galaxies. You can make these as simple or complex as you would like. I think a mixture of different glitter, sequins or tinsel would add a really unique twist to your jar.
My daughter is 9 and loves Legos and building some cool structures. This is one way to get kids into building and learning a little about how to 2D and 3D shapes work. This is a good way to develop fine motor skills and open ended inventions according to littlebins. One idea we had was a science Olympiad-esque bridge structure to see how much candy your bridge held.
I am not a huge baker, but I can do a couple cheats. I love the idea behind these, but I’m also not ashamed to take some premade pie dough or phyllo to make these cure little hearts. However, for you crafty bakers out there if you’re look for a homemade treat, these pies from Cyd at The Sweetest Occasion are just right. I also think mixing up the types of filling is a brilliant idea. I think Nutella and marshmallow or black currant would be fantastic.
If you feel like candy is overrated, here’s a non-edible valentine that is just as sweet. Wonder Forest has a craft for Valentine’s Day Felt Fortune Cookies! The sample messages may not be exactly fit for classmates, but you and your child can come up with your own fortunes. Easy to make and original, these “cookies” are one of my favorite ideas.
For the SUPER parent! The capes and masks are printable, so all you need is cardstock and your kid’s favorite lollipop. We think you can really take it one step further with googly eyes and super hero stickers. With all of the Marvel and DC superheroes, Valentine’s cards are still very popular so being able to customize is great. So make sure you take Valentine’s Day to heroic heights!
Let your kid write their own messages on this homemade version of classic candy hearts (recipe by Jessie on Serious Eats). The messages in this example are pretty sassy, so make sure to use discretion in what’s being written to avoid making some 3rd grader cry. These are the ones that we made, maybe not kid appropriate but cute and pretty tasty.
If you are looking for some different ideas for your kids how about checking out our Pinterest board. We have a ton of fun STEM, craft, and classroom ideas. Looking for ideas for you and your partner? Check out our other blogs like 50 Relationship Building Date Ideas, Meaning of 20 Rose Colors: Everything You need to know This Valentine’s Day, Or Dark Chocolate: 8 Healthy Reason To Eat Your Heart Out On Valentine’s Day.