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10 Non-candy Valentine's Day classroom treats

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Sugar-free sweetness

You don't have to add to the Valentine's Day sugar overload at your child's school. Instead, check out these fun and unique Valentine's Day ideas that won't make the kids bounce off the walls.

Moms are endlessly creative when it comes to memorable Valentine's Day gifts. Check out these awesome updates to traditional classroom treats for easy, fun and inexpensive gifts that are sure to please even the most discerning tastes.


"I like how you roll"

I like how you roll valentine | Sheknows.com

Why resort to handouts of candy when toy trucks and Hot Wheels are available to you? This is the perfect little valentine for all the boys in the classroom. Simply place a toy truck or car in a cellophane baggie, along with this printable from Thirty Handmade Days for a boyish and fun treat.


"You blow me away"

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Give the kids what they really want this year — bubbles, obviously! You can buy a pack of individual bubble bottles, and then tape or glue this printable from Trisha B The Blog for a simple and fun treat.


"Soapin' you'd be mine"

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If you're looking for a fun and engaging craft that doubles as a Valentine's Day gift, look no further than this homemade soap idea from My Own Road. You and your child can make homemade heart soaps for his or her classmates, and pair them with a clever printable to complete the treat.


"Valentine, you rule!"

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What kid doesn't need a ruler for homework or crafts? Combine the practical with the whimsical with this fun valentine idea from Bobbin4appliques on Etsy. For $4, you can purchase the embroidery design file, so you can create your own fabric ruler-holders from home.


Valentine fortune cookies

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For a really clever Valentine, follow the instructions at Making it Feel Like Home for homemade felt fortune cookies. Once you craft the cookies from fabric, your kiddo can fill each treat with a handwritten sentiment. We bet there won't be another valentine treat quite like it!


A "Mad Libs" valentine

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Valentine's Day just isn't complete without a hilarious Mad Lib. You can create your own Mad Libs for your kid's class with this template from My Sister's Suitcase. Simply print and pack for a unique classroom gift.


"You're just write for me!"

You're just write for me valentine | Sheknows.com

By the time February rolls around, most kids have lost or used up their back-to-school supplies like pencils and pens. Wrap a brand new pencil with this printable from Etsy shop lovetheday ($8 instant download) for a cute and useful Valentine's Day pick-me-up.


"Color your heart out!"

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Heart-shaped crayons! Who knew? Put all your old crayon nubbins to good use by melting them down into adorable heart crayons. Follow these instructions from Our Best Bites for a how-to, and accompany the final product with the blog's free printable.


"Orange you glad we're friends?"

Orange you glad we're friends valentine | Sheknows.com

Bonus mommy points for replacing sugary candy with a nutritious treat! Send your little darling to school with miniature orange juices, decorated with this clever, "Orange you glad we're friends?" printable from Tiff Keetch's A Day in My Life blog.


"You make my heart bounce"

You make my heart bounce valentine | Sheknows.com

All moms know that kids love bouncy balls. Appeal to your kid's bouncy side with these cute bouncy ball valentines from The Crafting Chicks. All you need to do is buy a bag of bouncy balls and create gift bags with the blog's accompanying printable.

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