Non-Candy Valentine's Day Classroom Treats

Feb 7, 2018 at 2:27 p.m. ET
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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

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

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2. Applesauce squeezers

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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

Non-candy Valentine's for kids
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These heart-shaped balloon valentines are super-cute; just make sure they're age-appropriate.

4. Bubble valentines

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This bubble valentine is cute and interactive.

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5. Play-Doh valentine

Non-candy Valentine's for kids
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Play-Doh! Puns! This valentine has it all.

6. Snake valentine

Non-candy Valentine's for kids
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This fun snake toy makes an excellent Valentine's Day gift.

7. Glow-stick valentine

Non-candy Valentine's for kids
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Kids love glow sticks, so these valentines are a clear winner.

8. Lip balm valentines

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

9. Maze game valentine

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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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