Parent to Parent: Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Treats

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Today we’re talking non-candy Valentine’s Day treats!

As a kid, I remember our classroom Valentine’s Day party as a candy-fest. Of course there was always the excitement of receiving a special something from a special someone, but candy set the tone for the kid-mania which would take over the classroom for a couple of hours.

Non-candy Valentine's Day treats
© H. Garvey | Little Lake | 2016

Nowadays, most schools strictly regulate or eliminate any food coming into classrooms, especially shared food. Between allergies, dietary restrictions, and parental concerns, the days of unrestricted access to candy are mostly gone (and I’m OK with that!). This forces us to get a little more creative with our kids’ classroom valentines. Pinterest will likely leave you with a serious inferiority complex, but if you’re feeling crafty there are lots of cute ideas and punny greetings there. To spare you from the masochistic experience that is a Pinterest browsing session, we’re sharing Little Lake County contributors’ favorite non-candy Valentine’s Day treats.

Non-candy Valentine's Day treats. Learn how to make Valentine's Day Heart Garland here.
Learn how to make Valentine’s Day Heart Garland here. © H. Garvey | Little Lake | 2016

“My son received a Beanie Baby last year — He loved it! It was nice to have something come home that isn’t disposable or holiday-specific.”– Tracy, son age 3

“I love it when the kids come home with crayons, pencils, and other art supplies. They always have some kind of cute note like “You color my world” or “You’re all-write with me!.” As a mom, I appreciate not having another tchotchke to shuffle around until I can sneak it out of the house without the kids noticing.”– Holly, mom to kids age 4 and 6

“Valentine’s Day socks from the Dollar Spot at Target.”– Jamie, mom to kids age 5 and 7

“My kids love unique pens (we have puppets on pens, wind up pinwheels, and the multiple color options in one pen) or pencils that smell- we find these at Brainstorm.”– Alli, mom to kids age 5, 3, and 1

“We’ve made crayons from old broken ones by melting then cooling them in heart shaped molds.”– Heather

And some bonus input from a elementary school teacher with 20+ years of experience…

They love everything, lol! Stickers (especially if they’re fuzzy or glitzy), pencils, fun erasers, little bouncy balls, those gooey things you can throw against the wall (can’t remember the name), little slinkies.“– Carla, 1st grade teacher

Non-candy Valentine's Day treats. Crayon Hearts by Princess Pinky.
Crayon Hearts by Princess Pinky Girl. Photo Source: Princess Pinky Girl website.

What do your kids bring to school for Valentine’s Day? What are their favorites to receive?


About Holly Garvey 78 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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