It's undeniable: Valentine's Day is definitely a kid-favorite holiday. A constant stream of candy at school, extra love and heart-shaped food at home--what's not to love? Luckily, you don't have to break the bank or become a master crafter to give your little one a memorable day. You can create a new twist on the traditional old classroom cards with these clever ideas from around the web. If you're not a crafting queen and the idea of hot glue gives you hives, don't worry--lots of these options offer convenient printable PDFs to guide you, plus you can enlist the kiddos to help.
This Valentine's Day will you be going store bought or homemade?
Have a Ball Valentines
Not every Valentine has to include candy, right? This clever idea from Dandee Designs includes a fun toy that the little ones can play with even after the sugar high has subsided. Plus, they're just as economical as store-bought cards if you can score some cheap bouncy balls at your local dollar store.
Friendship Bracelet Valentines
Admittedly, these cards look pretty impressive, but they shouldn't take too much work. If your little one knows how to braid, put them to work on the bracelets while you print out the handy card template from Dandee Designs.
Jazz up some run-of-the-mill Valentine's candy with a cute photo of your kids and a pun or two, inspired by Lisa Storms. If your little one's old enough, get an assembly line going with staples or glue, and these will be done in no time.
Here's another gift that keeps on giving: Play-Doh. Just add a fun label to the carton (Random Thoughts from a Supermom has a convenient printable), and the whole class will be sculpting hearts and flowers for their special someone.
"You Color My Heart" Valentines
If your kiddo loves to draw, this card from A Mom with a Lesson Plan just might be the perfect choice. Have your little Picasso draw a heart or other design for their friends to color in, and then add in a fun phrase on the computer. If you want to go the extra mile, tie a crayon onto the card and you're good to go!
Are you sensing a trend yet? It's true, everyone loves a good pun. Just think of a clever wordplay with a cheap gift or candy and your little ones will be happy to show off their valentines. For this one, just grab a box of goldfish crackers, pick up some cute boxes from a craft store, and snag Tammy Mitchell Designs' convenient printable.
Does your superhero-loving kiddo want to go a different direction than the usual Valentine hearts and flowers this year? This adorable idea from Zakka Life just might fit the bill. With plenty of opportunities for cutting and pasting, it'll be easy to get the little ones involved in the project, too.
Bear Hugs Valentines
What kid wouldn't love these cute little snacks? This idea from Motherhood Moments is pretty simple--just fill up some plastic baggies with teddy graham crackers, then let the kiddos help you decorate them with messages to their friends.
Lollipop Flower Valentines
A Peek Inside the Fishbowl offers another take on the lollipop treat. Thanks to the printable PDF, this pretty card won't take too much effort, plus your little one will love toting a garden of lollies with them to school!