It’s amazing how different the world has become because of the amazing invention of Pinterest. A-ma-zing. Valentine’s day used to be a trip to the store, picking out whatever little box of folding cards best suited the times (Ninja Turtles, My Little Pony, Sanrio characters…whatever the object of my true affection in those days), and a bag of your favorite candy(allergies were not a thing when I was kid, thank goodness!) Nowadays, the internet is flooded with easy, cute, and affordable ideas – these 20 DIY Valentines for kids will really make everyone in the classroom feel loved.
20 DIY Valentines for Kids
Etiquette has changed since most of us were growing up, so make sure to be aware of any food allergies in the classroom (I would avoid anything peanut, just to be sure) or omit candy altogether ( 🙁 ) Also, many classrooms don’t allow homemade baked goods anymore (?!?), so be sure to double check with the teacher.
For the candy lovers:
“You’re a Gem” w/ Ring Pops – If you grew up in the ’90s, you know this would have been a HUGE hit! I was always so jealous of the girls who gave out these seemingly fancy and expensive Valentines. Now, Adult Me, realizes just how cheap and easy they are – you can buy in bulk here for under $15. Sah-weeeet!!
“You Rock” w/ Pop Rocks – also another great ’90s hit! I’m glad these making a comeback…
“I’m Over the Rainbow for You” w/ Skittles – If you have trouble finding something to hold the Skittles, you can use decorative Cellophane and festive ribbon. It’s just as cute and you won’t spend too much time searching the stores or Amazon (because…well….I did)
“Won’t ZOO Be Mine” w/ Animal Cookies – These are great for the younger kids, but be careful – you will probably eat 1/2 the bag in the process 🙂
Unicorn Baggies w/ Free Printable – If you’re having trouble finding the swirling lollipops, use Skittles instead! I mean, you will actually get to taste the rainbow!
“You Wormed Your Way into My Heart” w/ Gummy Worms – Colorful and fun, these are great for boys & girls.
“You Make My Heart Bounce” w/ Bouncy Balls – Be sure your kids are old enough for these fun goodies – don’t want to be responsible for any choking hazards!
“You Make My Heart Race” w/ Toy Cars – This is sure to be a hit with any of the boys in the classroom! These cars are great for the task at hand (you don’t want to spend too much money on something that may be lost or forgotten on the way home from school.) Also, if you don’t want to use a ton of black ink, try using this “road tape” for the same effect.
“(Finger) Paint the Town Red” w/ Finger Paint – Make sure to wrap these in Cellophane w/ a nice and tight bow so that kids don’t rip right into them! Teacher will not be happy…
“You Blow Me Away” w/ Whistles – Sorry, fellow parents, but at least I didn’t give your kid…sugar? They may be loud, but they’re fun and creative. Check out your local party favor store, or use these whistles from Amazon.
“I Dino What I’d Do Without You” w/ Toy Dinosaurs – Who doesn’t love a good dinosaur? I’m pretty sure The Land Before Time was one of my favorite movies growing up (the first one only, of course.) Click here for a multi-pack that should be the perfect size for your kid’s classroom.
“You Are Awesome” w/ Legos – Simple. Bright. Fun. Everyone loves Legos!
Here are some Valentine’s Basics:
You are Jaw-some – Great shark Valentines for little boys who don’t want any princesses in their cubby this year.
Washi Heart – make a bunch of tiny ones and write little notes on the back for each kid, or frame it and use to decorate your home with love.
Pink-Free – these are very ink-friendly, which is always a plus!