14 School Valentines Ideas That Aren't Candy

I scoured Pinterest for school Valentine's Day ideas so you don't have to.

Katie Sue Webber
Katie Sue Webber
Mom to two sweet little boys. Helping moms is her passion.
Last updated
February 7, 2023

We don't love the idea of our little ones getting hopped up on sugar and bringing home a pile of candy on Valentine's Day. Here are some ideas that don’t involve candy and are super cute!

Crafty Valentines Ideas

These ideas are a fun way to spend some quality time with your kids, which is treat for you too.

Heart Shaped Crayons

Does anything beat a Valentine that you know your kid will use? These Heart Shaped Crayons are both adorable and practical!

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Break crayons into small pieces and place into the mold
  3. Place on a cookie sheet in the oven for about 12 minutes.
  4. Take out of the oven and let them cool completely.


Mini Play-Doh

School Supplies

These are cute and practical Valentines because they are items that kids can use in everyday life! You could personalize the notepads or pens as well!

  1. Glitter Markers
  2. Heart Shaped Pens
  3. Mini Notepads

Homemade Cards

Have a crafty kid? Let them make homemade cards for their friends! It will give them ownership and it makes for such a special sentiment!

Temporary Tattoos

You could do school colors, logos, or your child’s favorite character. This is a Valentine with a lot of room for personalization.


Have you ever seen a kid turn down bubbles? This is a cost effective and exciting way to lighten up a Valentine’s Day.

Glow Stick

Glow sticks are a cute Valentine that can provide hours of fun and maybe even a fun dance party.

Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets are a cheap and fun way for your child to show appreciation to their friends.

Food Valentines Ideas

If crafting is too much work, you can never go wrong with snacks.


Popcorn is a great option since they come individually wrapped and are allergy friendly. Just make sure that the kids are old enough to enjoy popcorn.

Granola Bars

Granola bars are a sweet treat that isn't just pure sugar.

Fruit Pouches

This is an easy food choice, since most regular applesauces are void of most common allergens.

Bag of Pretzels

Pretzels are another popular snack that most kids can have without worrying about allergies.

Mini Cereal Boxes

“Cereal-sly, you’re the cutest!” and other cute cereal puns can be used for a simple Valentine with just a note and a mini box of cereal!

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