Need to send Valentines to school? Check out these 10 awesome ideas for creating cute non-candy dollar store Valentines with printables to match. The kids won’t even miss the candy!
Seems like every year schools limit more and more items we can send in for class parties and occasions. First to go were homemade treats. Actually, when my daughter was in second grade, the whole grade banned not only homemade treats, but treats in general. We had a great Halloween party that year with pretzels and water. Good times.
This year we are allowed to bring in store bought treats, but candy is a no-no. Yes, there is a list of “acceptable” candies that can be sent into school. But I’d also have to send in a check made out to your child’s dentist because everything on the list will rot their teeth.
I get it. Really I do. But these limitations become especially difficult for holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Seriously. What’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate and candy? Most of the non-candy alternatives are just junk that will break or get lost as soon as it gets home. There has to be something better.
After scouring our local Dollar Tree for about an hour, I found some fun alternatives to candy Valentines. The items are not only budget-friendly, but they’re things that the kids will actually use (and not just for one day). Most of the items were bought in bulk, costing you less than a dollar each.
Check out these super easy, non-candy, Valentines with grab and go printables. I indicated whether you’ll have to print them on card stock or sticker paper.
Bubbles – “Valentine, You blow me away!”
Play-doh – “‘Doh’ You Want to Be My Valentine?”
View the Play Dough label sheet *Print these Valentines on sticker paper
Car – “You Make My Heart Race!”
Dinosaurs – Have a DINO-mite Valentine’s Day!
Straws – “You’re Ex-Straw Special!”
Watercolor Paint – “Valentine, You Color My World!”
View the Printable Paints Label Sheet *You could also use crayons, markers or colored pencils. Print these Valentines on sticker paper.
Sunglasses – “I only have eyes for you!”
- Ball – Have a Ball This Valentine’s Day
- Glow Sticks – We Glow Together, Valentine!
- Legos – We were built to be Valentines!
- Pencils – You’ve Got the Write Stuff!
- Garden Rocks (painted) – Valentine, You Rock!
If you like these ideas, check out our other Valentine’s Day posts…