February 14th. To some, it brings flowers. To others, candy and a beautiful card. To me, it brings 23 rambunctious, sugar-filled darlings that I’m trying to still teach math to! That’s why I opt for candy-free valentines. In my 10+ years as an elementary teacher, I learned quickly to just embrace and roll with the holidays, especially Valentine’s Day! They are only kids once and it’s harder on everyone if you don’t! So we have a card box-building contest that involves area, measurement, and creativity! We play some Minute to Win It games and celebrate friendship and kindness all month long. And of course, the highlight of everyone’s day at school is the passing out of their valentines!
This year though, things are a bit different in my classroom. We are a nut-aware room this year which changes the sweets and treats that can be brought in. I’m sure there will still be a plethora of Starburst, Skittles, and other sugary treats that do work, but I thought it would be a great time to showcase some valentines that are nut, and well, candy-free!
So without further ado….
- Valentine’s with little squishy toys
- Valentine Pop Fidget toys
- Popping Eye Animal Valentines
- Llama Keychain Valentines
- Hatching Dinosaur Eggs Valentine
- Sport Game Valentine
- STEM Valentine
- Building Block Animal Valentine
- Rubber Chicken Finger Toy Valentine
- Wall Climbing Men Valentine
- Emoji Keychain Valentine
- Gamer Keychain Valentine
- Animal Finger Puppets Valentine
Hope that helps! Comment if you have any other Valentine’s Day ideas also!
Original Content by Stephanie, updated by Green Bay Area Mom