I am pretty neutral about the whole Valentine holiday. After all, it’s one of those “Hallmark Holidays” that serves as a moneymaker for many industries. I guess there is nothing completely wrong with that except it can also serve as a negative symbol for people who don’t have a significant other. It is also a time of year where I have just come off my Christmas/New Year candy binge and then again find myself surrounded by things like chocolate hearts at the office.
The truth is, I was not always neutral about Valentine’s Day.
Growing up, it was a big deal.
I recall that nervous feeling in school of whether or not my name would be called to receive a candy-gram from a “secret admirer”. Once I started dating, there were the nerves of wondering if my boyfriend would remember the Hallmark Holiday.
As a parent, there is similar sense of nerves that sets in around this holiday.
The classroom Valentine exchange nerves.
Moms, we are making it easier on you this year.
Here are ten ideas with a huge variety from store bought to super Pinterest craft. Whatever you and your kids are into, one of these is sure to be perfect for you.
Fruit with cute sayings– This idea is pretty cute and I like that it is candy free!
I need more s’more friends like you– this one caught my eye because it’s not the typical lollipop type of sugar and it is just so cute!
Flowers made with suckers- this one is way too complicated for me but some of you moms could totally rock it!
Don’t be afraid of store bought– This is the route I typically go. The truth is, it’s what my kids love the most so who am I to force a craft project on them that will of course mean I end up doing all the work?
Colorful Day– This one might be a winner this year for me. The Dollar Store has crayons and since my kids have pretty small class sizes, I think I can swing one for each child.
Salt dough heart necklaces– Another one too crafty for me but these are super cute!
Go Go Squeeze– Like with many of these ideas, a cute printable can turn almost anything into a Valentine. This site has a few adorable free printables.
Teacher gifts– This one is so cute and so easy. I think I am gonna grab some hand sanitizer or lotion and do this for my pre-school aged daughter’s teachers.
Or this “you da balm!” idea from a past blog I did on DIY gifts.
We’d LOVE to hear other ideas you have for both easy and ultra-crafty Valentine.