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20 Non Candy Valentine Gift Ideas For The Classroom

January 18, 2015

20 Non Candy Valentine Gift Ideas For The Classroom
Ok, so I think by this point in the school year, they have had enough.

You know…the candy thing.

Between birthday celebrations (times 20+ kids in a room), to Halloween, Thanksgiving parties, Holiday celebrations, and 100 days of school awards, I think it is safe to say they don’t really need any more candy.

And it isn’t to take away all of their fun. I actually love Valentine’s Day – I remember being excited about it in school, and I think it is a fun day to break up the winter blah’s that February can bring!

But to be honest, this is the time of year to be building their immune system, not tearing it down with more sugar.

I am in no way a certified teacher, but if it were up to me, I would not choose to have a room full of children hopped up on sugar and spinning around the classroom on red 40 dyes. (And as a parent, I do not care to come pick up my child from school only to have the sugar crash at home and deal with the behavior issues that ensue from the dyes).

So here are some non candy ideas to get your wheels turning. I say get your wheels turning, because let me tell you…I have the ideas for the non candy items, but I am not, I repeat, I am *not*, a crafty DIY’er. I will probably be having Chloe slide a sticker or 2 in her store bought Valentine’s cards. If you are the crafty type, I encourage you to hop on pintrest and see how really fun you can dress up these ideas – I was perusing just the other day to try to be inspired to craft and I saw some really cute ideas!

Most of these ideas you can find at dollar stores, party stores, or party sections in your local store. To be honest (and this probably ages me), I came from the time when you just gave the store bought Rainbow Bright valentine card and called it good. I would totally still be up for that, but alas…kids these days expect “something” with the card…that is a whole other post though 😉

20 Non Candy Valentine Gift Ideas For The Classroom

stickers
small tubs of play-doh or silly putty
pencils
pencil toppers
crayon shapes
kazoo
lip balm
small word search puzzles or mazes
small pack of crayons with small scratch pad
bookmark
temporary tattoos
seed packets (wild flower mixes, forget me nots, etc)
magnets
bubbles
friendship bracelets
bouncy balls
stamps
crazy straws
eraser toppers or shapes
chalk or sidewalk chalk
balloon (not inflated)

Tell me if I left anything out! What have you sent along as a non candy Valentine’s gift for the classroom?

This post was shared at Fat Tuesday and Real Food Wednesday!