22 Best Noncandy Valentine Ideas for Kids

Hold off on the conversation hearts this year! There comes a point where little ones just can’t (or shouldn’t) consume another morsel of sugar. These adorable DIY greetings require little more than a printer, scissors, and some glue to give tots a treat that will last well beyond Feb. 14. Check out 48 of the most creative ideas for sharing the Valentine love — minus the sugar!

1. You Rule Valentines

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Source: RE:Located Living

Your lil one may become the teacher’s pet after handing out these studious Valentines! RE:Located Living’s "You Rule" project is perfect for lil ones to assemble by themselves, and the new PDF printable makes it easier do than ever!

2. Bubble Valentine’s Day Cards

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Source: Armelle Blog

Your tot’s classmates will be forever seeing bubbles with Armelle Blog’s Bubble Valentine’s Day Cards. Just download her free card and sticker designs, print them at home, and assemble it all for a Valentine’s treat.

3. Play-Doh Valentine

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Source: Random Thoughts of a Supermom

Perfect for the preschool set, Random Thoughts of a Supermom’s Play-Doh valentine is a fun (and useful!) one to hand out at school! Her free printable sticker makes it easy to make, too!

4.  You Are Cute as a Button Cards

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Source: Thirty Handmade Days

A pair of plain earrings can be covered with cute fabric to create these adorable cards. Just print out Thirty Handmade Days’s free You Are Cute as a Button card design, poke the earrings through, and you’re good to go!

5. Have a Ball

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Source: Love the Day

Love the Day’s Have a Ball valentines may have them bouncing off the walls, but at least it won’t be because of a sugar rush!

6. Pirate Valentines

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Source: Mer Mag

Store-bought pirate valentines can have a certain mass-market feel to them, but MerMag’s downloadable girl and boy pirate valentines have all the charm mamas want in their cards. Just download and print the files, stitch on felt hearts, and swoon!

7. Trail Mix Valentine

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Source: A Spicy Perspective

Eschew the sweets on Valentine’s Day and go with something savory (and potentially healthy). A Spicy Perspective’s Trail Mix Card can be put together with a few snacks already in your pantry, a small baggie, and a free printable!

8. Glowstick Valentine

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Source: Craftiness Is Not Optional

If your kids don’t want to get too sentimental, Craftiness Is Not Optional’s Glowstick valentine is a fun (and easy!) option!

9. I “Wheelie” Like You

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Source: Thirty Handmade Days

This easy DIY from Thirty Handmade Days is sure to make your little man the hit of the classroom. Just pop a toy car and a few candies in a see-through plastic bag, and add an "I ‘Wheelie’ Like You" gift tag.

10. Just Write Valentine

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Source: Bits of Everything

Bits of Everything’s Just Write valentines are perfect for school! What teacher wouldn’t want to see more writing utensils in the classroom?

11. Will Zoo Be Mine?

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Source: The Blue Robin Cottage

The animal options are endless with The Blue Robin Cottage’s Will Zoo Be Mine? valentine. Though this one isn’t a printable, you can easily print your own cards and create it!

12. Whoopee! It’s Valentine’s Day Card

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Source: Paging Supermom

You may want to check with your tot’s teacher before handing this hysterical card out at school. Paging Supermom’s My Funny Valentine card is full of old-fashioned fun. Use her free printable card, tie on a mini whoopee cushion, and watch the fun ensue!

13. Crazy Owls

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Source: Happiness Is Homemade

Everyone loves to sip their favorite drink with a crazy straw, which makes it the perfect accessory for Happiness Is Homemade’s owl cards.

14. Valentine Joke Notes

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Source: All For the Boys

Give them a laugh when they open their lunch with these Valentine joke notes.

15. Minecraft Valentines

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Source: Lolly Jane

For the little Minecraft-lover, Lolly Jane’s Minecraft Valentines are perfect! Kids can even put them together themselves.

16. You Make Me Feel Better

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Source: Prudent Baby

My kids have a thing for bandages, so I’m taken with Prudent Baby’s "You Make Me Feel Better" valentines.

17. Color Your Heart Out

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Source: Simply Chee

Teachers (and your fellow classroom parents) will love these crayon valentines from Simply Chee.

18. You Make the World Sparkle

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Source: Prudent Baby

If you know that you have a class full of crafty kids, Prudent Baby’s "You Make the World Sparkle" valentine is sure to be a hit.

19. I Can’t Stand to Mask My Feelings

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Source: Small Fry

Small Fry’s "I Can’t Stand to Mask My Feelings" valentine turns into a fun DIY project for the recipient.

20. Rainbow Loom Valentines

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Source: Lolly Jane

Put all of those loom bands you have hanging around your home to work with Lolly Jane’s rainbow loom valentines.

21. You Blow My Mind

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Source: Prudent Baby

Not only is the “prize” in this "You Blow My Mind" valentine adorable, but the printable topper is cute, too!

22. Babushka Doll Valentine

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Source: Small Fry

Small Fry’s babushka doll valentine may take a lot of work, but the end results are worth it!

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