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Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, and for kids, it’s a pretty exciting day. There’s usually a school party, colorful decorations, the ever-popular Valentine’s Day mailbox, and an exchange of Valentine cards. Regardless of whether you can’t get enough of all the love or you wish you could make the holiday disappear forever, the show must go on for the kiddos, and it’s time to pick out what Valentine’s Day cards they’ll be passing out in class this year.
These days, most cards come with a mini toy or small treat for each recipient, which is great for feeling like you went above and beyond in the Valentine’s Day gift-giving department. To inspire you and your little one about what’s going on in the class Valentine’s Day mailboxes this year, we’ve rounded up a variety of Valentine's ideas sure to pique your child’s interest. The list is filled with unique card ideas because, trust us, depending on their age, there will likely be a lot of Bluey and Peppa Pig. Check out our favorite Valentine's Day cards for kids that your little ones are sure to adore.
P.S. A lot of the cards your kids will be getting will have a little something extra attached, so be sure to make those slots extra wide when assembling their Valentine's Day box!
Wacky Tracks with Valentines Cards (28-Pack)
For the kiddos who learn best when their hands have something to do, keep them occupied with a fidget toy they won’t be able to put down. Twist these little track-style toys into shapes, letters, and even 3D designs. What’s not to love about a valentine that'll be played with long after the holiday is over?
Kind Heart Classroom Valentines
Add pizzazz to Valentine’s Day with a custom-printed valentine. With a much-needed reminder to “stay kind,” this adorable card features a jumbo conversation heart front and center. Choose from three different colors and even add sparkle with eight varieties of shimmery foil. You can even choose from several customizable backs including a tic-tac-toe game or a photo of your child, making these double as a great Valentine's Day card to send to family.
Two-In-One Card and Treat Bag
Don’t get locked into the standard Valentine’s Day candy options. This fillable bag allows you to add a few pieces of your kid's favorite treats to each card. The customizable option makes it easy to accommodate allergies by adding different snacks or mini toys. This DIY assembly kit comes with 60 valentines, a cost-efficient bulk option that’s great for giving goodies out at extracurriculars like sports or scout meetings.
Valentine Mochi Squishies (28-Pack)
If your child’s class is obsessed with desk pets, they’re going to lose their minds over these cute little squishies that come in their own heart-shaped house. From adorable farm animals like chicks and bunnies to zoo animals like pandas and elephants that are just too cute (and even some unicorns and dinos), this multi-pack has something for everyone and may just get the kids talking and trading their favorite pets.
Heart-Shaped Stress Relief Balls (15-piece)
Not your traditional valentine card, these heart-shaped stress balls are like a candy heart and emoji combined and come to life. Pair with your own note or skip the messages altogether because let’s be honest, sometimes as a kid you don’t want to give a cutesy valentine message to the not-so-nice kid in the class or worry about what special message to write on your crush’s card.
Valentine Cards with Animal Plush Toys (28-pack)
For people who don’t have a lot of keys to carry around, kids sure do love to get keychains. These adorable stuffies pair with a corresponding Valentine’s Day card that has the matching animal printed on it. With an attached string, kids can put these little animal pals on a key ring, hang them from their backpack or display them on a hook at home.
If your little Swiftie is in their friendship bracelet era, then look no further for the perfect valentine. Adorned with several printed bracelet designs, your valentine message is spelled out in letter beads. All the fun of exchanging friendship bracelets, without all the work of making one for every kid in the class (but hey, I’m not stopping you from breaking out the bead kit to go with it). Better yet, you can get your child’s name printed on one of the bracelet designs to save time signing card after card.
Dinosaur Building Block Valentines (24-pack)
Where a love of dinos and Legos meet, this valentine comes with mini building bricks to assemble one of eight different dinosaurs. Each set comes already bagged with a Happy Valentine’s Day message. Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a T-Rex or pterodactyl, because roar means “I love you,” in dinosaur.
Gabby's Dollhouse Valentine's Day Cards
Unlike other valentine cards that get opened and immediately thrown away, these are filled with plenty of entertainment value. Each Play Pack includes a mini coloring book, a sticker, and a couple of crayons so kids can color their favorite characters. And with a Valentine's Day card included to go with each pack, this is definitely a cost-friendly Gabby activity compared to buying that dollhouse that was hot this holiday season.
Valentine's Flower Bouquets (24-pack)
You won’t have to worry about these valentines wilting if they don’t make it into water. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by giving every kid in the class a flower…that they can build themselves. With six different varieties of flowers, you could even give each student a few packs so they can make their own bouquet. And if your kid’s not one for flowers, there are build-your-own food options with hamburgers, pizza, and sushi.
Valentine's Day Playfoam with Cards (12-Count)
Playfoam is slime’s nicer, cleaner cousin; there’s a satisfying squish and pop with every poke and fold. It’s tactile and sensory, and with the addition of the Valentine’s Day cards, it’s a pretty great giveaway, too.
This is a wonderful alternative to giving out candy, and it’s especially great when you don’t know the allergies of the classroom or fellow students.
LED Finger Lights Valentine's Day Cards (28-Pack)
These are tiny finger projectors — have you ever seen such a thing?! I hadn't before these, but you can bet that I one-clicked these so hard that I think I scared Jeff Bezos. I've literally never seen a cooler valentine/favor in my entire life, and needless to say, kids will likely find them just as cool as I did.
Valentine's Day Cards with Slap Bracelets (28-Pack)
The '80s phenomenon is making a comeback. These slap bracelets are fun to wear, easy to put on, and come in colorful animal prints. At just $15 for 28 valentines and bracelets, it’s easy to make a “snap” decision to get them (see what we did there)?
Scratch-Off Silly Jokes (28-Pack)
If your child is a sucker for silly puns and hilarious jokes, look no further. Kids will have a blast opening up their cards and rattling off the scratch-off jokes to one another.
Before you know it, your little one will be hitting those one-liners with the timing of a seasoned comedian. I expect Dad will want to get in on these corny jokes as well.
Penguins Multi Point Stackable Push Pencil
Remember these pencils from childhood? There was something great about not needing to get up to sharpen your pencil any time it broke. Plus, pulling out all the points and putting them back in provided a lot of entertainment. Your child can waddle their way into the hearts of their friends with these stackable pencils decorated with precious little penguin designs.
L.O.L Surprise! Valentines Day Cards and Stickers (24-pack)
We don’t know what it is about these little dolls, but one thing’s for sure: Kids love them. Each valentine comes with a L.O.L. doll sticker sheet, for a valentine that sticks around. (Get it?!)
Mandalorian Valentines with Tattoos (32-Pack)
This is the way… to have a great Valentine’s Day. These cards include tattoos that feature everyone’s favorite tiny child. Just slide the tattoo into the valentine's included slot and have a completed valentine you will.
Pop Hearts Valentines (36-Pack)
Pop-Its are as popular as ever among little kids, and we love these valentine keychains, which can be enjoyed dangling from a backpack all year long. And with each poppable key chain already pre-packaged and sealed with a cute animal design and “Happy Valentine’s Day” message, you won't be pulling an all-nighter before school trying to assemble your kid's valentines.
Valentine's Day Cards with Stampers (36-Pack)
Everyone can appreciate the fun of a festive stamp. We love these Valentine's Day cards for kids because there are six different stamp designs included, as well as four options for card designs.
Valentine's Day Cards Classroom Kit (30-Pack)
Accordion toys are a wild choice for a valentine, but I like that about them. It’s not expected. They're not your typical goodie bag item after a birthday party, and yet, if you give a kid a Slinky? They love them.
Bendy Pencils Valentine Cards (28-Pack)
Bendy pencils are right up there with novelty erasers. They’re hilarious and hard to use, but they’re always a huge hit with kids. Just don’t put them in the automatic pencil sharpener — that never leads to anything good.
“You’ve got my heart tied up in knots” feels like a fun thing to write on these valentines.
Valentine’s Day Glitter Mochi Squishy Toys for Kids (28-Pack)
There are a million versions of these squishies on the market, and for good reason — kids love them. They are a bit more reminiscent of the squeeze-style stress balls of the ’90s, but a heck of a lot cuter.
School can be stressful, so why not make their day a bit more chill with something for them to get their frustrations out on?
Gift Cards with Glowing Heart Glasses (28-Pack)
The glowing heart glasses included in these valentines are arguably ridiculous, which just means your kids will like them even better. They're silly and cheerful, and they'd make for a great photo opportunity.
Having worn these myself, I can tell you that they're even more entertaining than you're anticipating.
Bluey Valentines with Keychains (24-Pack)
Has there ever been a more beloved show than Bluey? Kids can't get enough and neither can parents. If just reading this got the Bluey theme song stuck in your head, you'll want these adorable valentines. And if you want to keep some of these adorable Bluey and Bingo keychains for yourself, it'll be our little secret. I mean how could you not, they even have Grannies!
Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids (36-Pack)
You'd be hard-pressed to find a kid who doesn't love temporary tattoos. The short-lived body art found in these valentines is especially fun, featuring items like smiling cheeseburgers and milkshakes. Plus, they have the cutest pink envelopes.
Personally, I'm partial to the donut — it's giving a look that I find hilarious.
Space Flight Card Set (32-Pack)
Speaking of getting a good deal, how about 32 keychains, envelopes, and cards for just $10? These out-of-this-world, budget-friendly, silly spaceship and astronaut valentines are fun for everyone. The envelopes are also perfectly square, which satisfies something deep in my soul.
Silly Joke Valentines - 28 Card Pack
Make classmates laugh this Valentine's Day with these cards that will turn your kiddo into a stand-up comedian. They'll love reading their jokes to each other and bringing them home to elicit laughs from their family.
3D Animal Box with Stickers and Glitter Sticky Hands
These 3D box valentines are pretty novel, and in each one, your child can put any of the included favors, sealing it with a sticker. These won't fit in most valentine mailboxes, but the unique shape is worth it, in my opinion.
Mini Bubble Wands (32-Pack)
Bubble wands are even better for kids than they are for weddings because there's little risk a child will accidentally sit on and break them, spilling the soapy liquid all over a blush-colored silk designer gown.
Plus, bubbles are fun. And they're clean, which I find to be particularly wonderful.
Valentine Fortune Cookies (50-Count)
I bet your kids will be the only ones handing out fortune cookies with valentines inside. These pink cookies are subtly vanilla-flavored, and you don't even need to order takeout to get them!
They're the sweet way to tell a classmate you're thinking about them. It's almost too adorable.
S’more Scratch-and-Sniff Valentines (28-Pack)
All the delicious scent of an ooey-gooey s'more without all the sticky mess. Kids will love being able to scratch and reveal the smell of this tasty treat. And what would these valentines be without some sweet puns about needing s'more friends like you?
Valentine's Scratch Paper Valentine's Heart (60-Pack)
These scratchable Valentine’s Day cards are bursting with brightness! Your kid’s classmates will find a rainbow heart design behind the layer of black wax. Simply use the included scratching stick tool to reveal the colors and unleash creativity
These are great for gift tags as well: They let you personalize a bit more.
Valentine’s Day Cards with Buttons
Each of these adorable mini Valentine's Day cards comes with a matching pin that is equally as cute! Your kiddo's classmates can pin the buttons to their backpacks or shirts, or just hold onto them as a keepsake. Maybe save these for older elementary students to avoid any accidental poking with the pin backs.
It's good preparation for when they start making badges in high school and college when they run for class president.
DIY Paper Heart in Jar Cards (60-Set)
Do you have a little artist on your hands? Then you need these adorable DIY Valentine's Day cards. These let them express themselves through stickers, pen art, and twine. The envelopes come included, so worry not about that.
Valentine's Tiny Conversation Hearts (24-Pack)
I get that these are a somewhat polarizing candy, but they're also a rite of passage. Trying to decipher the words on the hearts isn't always easy, but it's totally classic and so much fun. Write a cute little note on the back for each child, and know that their parents can actually taste them just by seeing the package.
Assorted Flavor Lollipops (20-Count)
My daughter used these valentines three years in a row. Why, you ask? They're popular, they're easy, and they're downright tasty. Just make sure that you use a Sharpie on the back to keep it from bleeding all over your fingers.
They're the perfect valentine option for those who just want to sign their name and be done with it — and there's nothing wrong with that!
Star Wars Valentines for Kids (6-Pack)
Is your kid obsessed with Star Wars? If the Force is with them, they'll feel so proud to fill out these cool cards for their classmates. Choose between Darth Vader or R2-D2. The translation for “Beep Bloop Bleep”? “Happy Valentine’s Day,” of course!
With all of the spinoffs on Disney+, it’s pretty certain that your kids’ classroom is full of fans.
LIK-M-AID Fun Dip Valentine Candy and Card Kit (24-Pack)
This pack of Fun Dip and valentines is a kid's dream. You remember Fun Dip, right? Slightly sour sugar powder that you eat with a stick made of solid sugar? It colors your tongue and makes your lips pucker? It's fairly wonderful for the under-15 set, which makes this a great choice.
Scratch and Sniff Kitten Valentines (48-Pack)
What does a cute little kitty smell like? If your guess was sweet strawberry, then you're totally right. These scratch-and-sniff valentines feature various kitties and are scented just like juicy strawberries. Honestly, can you think of a better combo?
Pull Back Car Valentines (24-Pack)
There's something so satisfying about watching a pull-back car run on its own. With 24 different designs, every student in the class will be able to identify their own car as they race against each other at recess. Just pop a car in one of the included heart containers, tie on the Happy Valentine’s Day tag, and ta-da! If only they made these heart-shaped containers with adult cars inside.
Valentine's Day Magnetic Bookmark (36-Pack)
As book nerds raising book nerds, we really appreciate the practicality of these Valentines. They wrap around the pages, marking your spot. These are easily the most unique Valentines on this list.
Crazy Loop Reusable Drinking Straws with Colorful Cards (32-Pack)
I have yet to meet a child who does not love crazy straws. Watching your drink do a loop-de-loop before it hits your mouth? Pure joy. It's even better when your child is drinking something that's a fun color, like grape juice or orange soda. Though am I the only one who thinks these make you burp more?
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