Valentine’s Day is a day of celebration for more than just our relationships. Kids are just as excited to share Valentine’s Day with their friends and, more specifically, their classmates. Of course, you remember the excitement of bringing selections of Hershey’s kisses, heart-shaped suckers, and chocolate bars wrapped in pink and red home from school on Feb. 14. The nostalgia may have you reaching for the closest variety pack of V-Day themed candy, but with current classroom restrictions and food allergies, it may be time for a change.
That doesn’t mean the classroom fun has to come to an end, though! Some amazing Valentines substitutes may even be better than your traditional favorites. Don’t worry about scavenging through the best options; we got you covered with 11 of the best non-candy Valentines for your child and their classmates.
Slime, but make it V-Day themed! We know slime is great for sensory play and kids love it.
Who doesn't love a clever Valentine's Day pun? These little skateboards come packaged with a monster-themed card.
Kids can write their own Valentine's note; their classmates can scratch off and discover.
Etsy | Family Fairs
Bracelets have been an exchange of friendship since we were kids. Jump on the pop-it craze with this bracelet Valentine.
Etsy | Texas Mama Designs
It's mushy, colorful, and true therapy for even the most restless children. Play-Doh, having been iconic for generations, is a fun option.
Share your kiddo's love of animals with their class with this easy-to-assemble "Wild" Valentines.
28 cards to a set
Etsy | My Southern Spirit
These creative Valentines include heart-shaped crayons for kids and a Valentine ready to color. Choose from multiple crayon colors—plus, each one already comes wrapped in a clear plastic bag!
Pottery Barn Kids
What little kid doesn't love stickers—especially cute puppy ones like the ones in this set.
sold in sets of 8
Slap-on bracelets + superheroes = an amazing time! Your favorite superheroes are back and better than ever this V-Day.
Fun and funny, these heart-shaped stress relief balls are sure to be a hit in your kid's class.
Baby shark's still swimming with these themed V-Day cards. The etching adds an interactive element of fun.