No Candy Valentines

As a child,  one of our sons had food allergies which really limited the kind of sweets he could have.  Fortunately, he “outgrew”  them and they didn’t stunt his growth at all  as one elderly relative worried – now 6’2” and still growing I think!   I was really surprised as a Den Mother to find that most of the kids in his Cub Scout den also had some kind of food allergy!   (Shhhhhh!  Don’t tell him I referred back to his childhood for that bit of information!)   It really was a struggle  sometimes to find treats.   One result was that I became very conscious of the need to find alternatives to candy.   So — just in time  for Friday Favorites:   Six Valentines:  No candy required!


Design Mom provides tags and shows you how she fastened the animals to them with ribbon.  She also provides an alternative – toppers that can be stapled to a bag. Scroll to the very bottom of the post for  free printables with sayings for each animal.   I’m wild about these valentines! 


Valentine, you make my heart soar!  Toy and valentine card in one.  From no biggie.  There is a video, a tutorial and at the bottom of the post a link to the printable.   Cute for both boys and girls! 


If someone at your house  loves to turn out bracelets by the bushel, check out the colorful rainbow printable cards to accompany them.  Great Valentine card and gift idea  from The Suburban Mom

  You're Amaze-ing

Valentine you’re A Maze Ing from Crap I’ve Made.   Inexpensive game from the party supply store or section.  Cute play on words that upper elementary kids will love! 

  Pencil Arrows

Arrow cards with cutouts to slide a pencil in for the shaft of the arrow.  Link below the first picture with a boy version link just a bit further down.  Cute and simple from Sweet Muffin Suite.

  Glow Sticks

Free Valentine hearts to print and cut out.  Tape glow sticks to the back for a glowing gift.  Easy, peasy from the teacher wife.

Other Valentine Roundups by A Pinch of Joy

No candy Valentines for Kids
Valentine Crafts for Kids 
27 Valentine Printables for the big and little loves in your life
26 Valentine Ideas for all ages
Valentine Printables – for parties and preschoolers

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  1. i love the maze and the paper airplane! i may do the paper airplanes for my own friends, and i’m almost 30. who doesn’t like throwing a paper airplane?

    what a fun little collection! and you don’t have to worry about allergies. i know, when i was a high school teacher, i had to be careful about giving out candy because some of them had peanut allergies (couldn’t have reese’s) or dairy allergies and so on.
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