Have you noticed that non-food Valentine ideas are becoming more and more popular these days? I, for one, couldn’t be happier!
With food allergies so prevalent, trying to find a treat that is safe for everyone in the class can be challenging, to say the least.
Not to mention the fact that our kids don’t need any more sugar during the day. Their poor teachers!
There are TONS of non-candy Valentines you can give out. Trust me. Do a Pinterest search for “non food Valentine’s” and see what you get!
I saw a lot of really, really cute ideas as I was peeking through Pinterest. There were too many to choose from, so I decided to head down to Dollar Tree and see what inspired me.
They were the first thing that I saw, and they’re perfect because every kid loves stickers! Plus, with the assorted sheets I got, each friend will get something slightly different. And my kids can pick out which stickers will go to which friends. This was always the best part of creating Valentine’s for my friends when I was little — picking the card that best suited that particular friend… or “boyfriend,” wink. wink.
If they had had little sheets of stickers, I probably would have just bought those, stapled a tag to it, and been done. But the sticker sheets they had were much too big for that. However, right next to the stickers I saw these little heart-shaped boxes, and an idea popped into my head.
What kid wouldn’t love opening a tiny heart box to discover a handful of adorable stickers inside?
Done. Boxes and sticker sheets for two elementary school classes for under $10. Man, I love Dollar Tree.
While they were at school, I made little tags for the boxes. The one that goes on top says, “I’m STUCK on you!” And there’s one that will go on the bottom of the box for the “to’s” and “from’s.” I also made them into FREE printables for you, if you are so inspired to give out your own sticker Valentines! (You can download them at the bottom of this post. Each sheet has 20 tags.)
I went ahead and cut out the “I’m STUCK on you” tags, but I kept the To/From sheets together so it would be easier for the kids to write on. Here’s a cutting tip: Use the outer circle of the tag as a dotted line to cut along, and you’ll get a nice clean look.
After they got home, we got started with the name tags.
Trevor’s Kindergarten teacher specifically asked that the names be easy to read because the kids will be passing these out themselves… so I helped him a little bit. OK, I did his whole sheet.
I cut the To/From tags out, and I had the kids tape them to the bottom of the boxes. We used double sided tape, but you could use regular tape or even glue. Then we taped the “I’m STUCK on you” tags on the tops.
Finally, sticker time!
We cut up all the stickers. It didn’t really take that long, and I let the Jillian help me. Some of the little bears might be missing arms or legs, but it’s the thought that counts, right? (Discard any beheaded animals, though… that’s just creepy.)
Trevor wasn’t so interested in helping. What a shock. He did, however, want to make silly faces.
Next, I let them pick out 5 stickers for each friend (the fun part!).
Then they filled each little heart box with the stickers they chose, and we were done! In all, it was about a two-hour-long project. That was for two classes, so I’m thinking an hour per class. But it’s so worth it!
The kids faces lit up when they saw what I had for them to do, and it was really nice doing something like this together instead of the usual “write the name on the card and tape a piece of candy to it.”
Plus, can you imagine their friends faces when they see these adorable little treasure boxes? Too cute!
Here’s a tip about the little boxes: They didn’t want to stay closed on their own, so we taped them shut (just a small piece of tape on each side of the heart). I didn’t want them popping open and spilling stickers everywhere on the way to school — yikes!
Download the printables here: