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Non-Candy Valentine's Day Classroom Treats

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DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)

Valentine's Day is a fun, sweet holiday that many kids look forward to, mainly because of all the fun stuff they get to do, from creating "mailboxes" in their classrooms to decorating their own cards. But like most holidays, it tends to go a little overboard on the sugar.

If you want to give your kid's classroom something to be excited about that isn't chocolate, there are more ideas out there than you think. From pencil butterflies to bubble packs to tiny tubs of Play-Doh, here are some excellent sugar-free ideas for your child's Valentine's Day at school.

1. Pencil butterfly valentine

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: Buggy and Buddy

Make a cute butterfly out of just a pencil and paper — and whatever extras you like.

More: Heart-Shaped Brownie Treasure Boxes Will Totally Impress Your Valentine

2. Applesauce squeezers

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Give kids a healthy snack by making a valentine out of applesauce.

More: How to Make a Heart-Shaped Cake — No Special Pan Required

3. Heart balloon valentines

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: Eighteen 25

These heart-shaped balloon valentines are super-cute; just make sure they're age-appropriate.

4. Bubble valentines

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: U-Create Crafts

This bubble valentine is cute and interactive.

More: Fun Valentine's Day Party Games the Whole Family Will Enjoy

5. Play-Doh valentine

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: Grace and Good Eats

Play-Doh! Puns! This valentine has it all.

6. Snake valentine

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: Making the World Cuter

This fun snake toy makes an excellent Valentine's Day gift.

7. Glow-stick valentine

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: That's What Che Said

Kids love glow sticks, so these valentines are a clear winner.

8. Lip balm valentines

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: Overstuffed Life

Couldn't everyone use a little lip balm? And it makes an excellent Valentine's Day gift too.

9. Maze game valentine

DIY valentines kids will love (that aren't candy)
Image: Eclectic Mom Sense

Keep the whole classroom occupied on Valentine's Day with these fun maze puzzles.

A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.

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