Candy Free Classroom Valentine’s Day Card Ideas Kids Will Love

candy free classroom valentine

With more schools going candy free for classroom valentine exchanges, it can be challenging finding just the right items for your child to share with the class. While our classroom Valentine’s Day experience has come to an end, we do sometimes exchange Valentines with some of our homeschool co-op groups. 

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The whole candy free classroom valentine’s day card thing was the bane of my existence for many years when my oldest kids were in public school. First, there’s the trudging to the 24-hour pharmacy in the rain on February 13th because for some reason the day just sprung upon you.

After what seems like an eternity of helping three kids with vastly different interests choose just the right cartoon character paper valentines to hand out, you head home.

candy free classroom valentine ideas

After you’ve rushed kids through dinner so they can start writing out their cards you realize you have no idea what names to put on the cards. The master list of students’ names was sent home in your children’s homework folder three weeks ago. 

You locate one under a stack of junk mail, another on top of the fridge and yet another crinkled up at the bottom of a backpack where a random food smudge has made it difficult for you to determine whether that sweet little girl’s name is spelled Hayley, Haleigh or Hailey.   

Once you’ve got it all under control though, kids poised ready to copy names and address envelopes, it really all is worth it though, isn’t it? It’s super sweet to see the glimmerings of what could be little crushes here and there. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to discuss inclusion and empathy should the need arise. 

Candy Free Classroom Valentine Exchange Idea

Give kids something sweet to wear this Valentine’s Day with these popular stretchy bracelets. These stackable Valentine’s Day rubber bracelets come 24 to a pack, an ideal item to add for a candy free classroom Valentine.

Bracelets like these were everywhere for a while in the nineties, it’s nice to see them making a bit of a comeback!


Valentine’s Day Color Changing Straws

Color changing straws make for a unique treat to share this Valentine’s Day. If you can’t give a sweet treat or have a party full of cupcakes and junk food, why not offer up the next best thing?

These color-changing straws are sure to win the approval of every teacher.


Valentine’s Day Heart-Shaped Glasses

Teachers will be seeing your children through rose-colored glasses with these adorable Valentine’s Day novelty gifts.

The adult sizes are perfect gifts to give your child’s teachers when you drop off those goodies for the Valentine’s Day classroom party! 


Key to Your Heart Valentine’s Day Pens 

Grab a set of 20 Valentine’s Day pens that are perfect to attach to a card or some stationery as a candy free classroom Valentine’s Day treat.

These gel pens look like vintage keys and have a 0.5mm tip. They’re the perfect inexpensive item to add as a Valentine’s Day party goodie bag idea. 


Candy Free Classroom Valentine Tic Tac Toe Game

A tic tac toe set makes for a much sweeter treat than candy! This pack of 24 foam tic-tac-toe games is a great Valentine’s Day goodie bag item for a classroom party.

They also work well as individual Valentines to hand out, especially in a no-candy classroom. 

Valentine’s Day Sticker Set 

Five-hundred stickers will surely go a long way, buy this set to have on hand for school years to come.

Your child can seal their Valentine’s Day cards with these or cut off individual stickers and insert them into an envelope as the perfect candy-free classroom Valentine’s Day treat. 


Emoji Plush Keychain for Valentine’s Day Goodie Bags

Kids will appreciate these useful candy-free options for Valentine’s Day. This 50 pack of emoji plush keychains can hook onto backpacks and come in a wide variety of styles.

They work well as Valentine’s Day goodie bag gifts or as the Valentine itself. The biggest challenge your child will have will be determining which one to give each friend!


Super Sweet Candy Free Classroom Valentine Idea 

If you have to have a candy free classroom Valentine exchange, you may as well offer up these delicious-looking chocolate bar pencil sharpeners.

Grab a few of these, they come sick to a package, to add to a Valentine’s Day class party goodie bag!



Heart Print Airplane Gliders 

Airplane gliders are a hit any time but these heart print ones are especially perfect for a Valentine’s Day classroom card exchange.

This economical pack comes with 48 gliders, ideal if you’re buying for more than one child’s’ classroom.

Slime is Always a Great Goodie Bag Item

If you’ve been asking yourself, is slime still a trend with kids, the answer is a resounding Yes! Whether you’ve avoided making slime with your kids or keep a running slime supplies list of items in your craft cabinet, it can’t hurt to have ready-made slime on hand.

These small barrels of slime come in assorted colors in packs of 24. The bulk sizing make them perfect as a candy-free classroom valentine for your child to hand out to friends.


Candy Free Classroom Valentine Stress Ball

Kinesthetic learners are able to focus better when they are presented with hands-on activities. Sometimes when needing to be attentive for longer periods of time, a fidget spinner or stress ball can help maintain focus. That fact makes this candy free classroom valentine stress ball the ideal treat for handing out on Valentine’s Day. 


Mochi Squishy Toys for a Candy Free Classroom Valentine Exchange

Much like the stress balls above, the mini mochi squishy toys make great gifts for a candy free classroom valentine exchange.

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a classroom party and these are the perfect item to keep busy hands occupied. Plus, they’re just fun to squish and play with! 


Make No Mistakes About Valentine’s Day with Emoji Erasers

Emoji erasers are the perfect goodie bag idea for a candy free classroom goodie bag Coupled with the pencil sharpeners in a goodie bag, it makes a great Valentine’s Day gift.  



Valentine’s Day Heart Pendant Bracelets

These novelty Valentine’s Day bracelets come in packs of 6 and are the perfect item for your child to share with some of their closest friends. The reviews for these say they look better in person than pictured, so that is always a plus!

 Ahh, the classroom Valentine’s Day card exchange? It’s gotten a lot more complicated in the last several years, though, hasn’t it? Between allergies and school rules, it can be difficult to find candy free ideas for a classroom Valentine exchange.

Hopefully, some of these products will inspire you and help your child find the perfect Valentines for their friends.

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Nintendo Switch Game System and Controllers Guide For Parents

The Nintendo Switch gaming system and various Controllers are a hot topic lately. This guide will give you an overview of the Nintendo Switch game system and controller options to help you make a sound buying decision.

They say that some of the best things in life come in two. The Nintendo Switch is no different. The gaming system is essentially two gaming systems in one. The Switch can be used as a powerful handheld gaming tablet or you can dock the system to enjoy the games on the TV like a regular console.  

Overview of the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch is made up of three components; the tablet, the display and dock, and the Joy-Cons.  Here is an overview of each of the parts.

The Tablet

  • looks like a regular plastic tablet
  • measures 4.0 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches
  • weighs about 10.6 ounces
  • feels solid both on its own and with attachable Joy-Cons
  • includes 3.5mm headphone jack and game card slot
  • uses USB-C port for charging and connecting to the Switch Dock
  • speakers on are the back along with a kickstand
  • has a micro SD slot to expand storage up to 2TB and save progress

Display and Dock

  • 6-inch screen
  • 720p capacitive touch screen (1,280×720)
  • the screen is bright, sharp, has excellent color
  • can charge the Switch by plugging the included USC-C wall adapter
  • can also drop the Switch into the dock to charge or play it
  • Switch Dock is a block-shaped plastic piece (measures 4.0 x 6.8 x 1.9 inches)
    • Charges system and provides HDMI output to connect to TV
    • Provides 3 USB 3.0 ports for storage and accessories


  • Included with the Switch and Switch Dock
  • each Joy-Con measures 4.0 x 1.4 x 0.5 inches
  • each Joy-Con represents half the controls found on a standard controller which are an analog stick, four face buttons, pairing buttons, and two shoulder buttons
  • a mechanical release is located on the attachment rail and only detaches from Switch tablet  by pushing the release button
  • right Joy-Con has a plus button for accessing menus near the top and pausing games and has a home button below the analog stick
  • left Joy-Con has a minus button for accessing menus near the top and a capture button to take screenshots which are located below the face buttons
  • turn the Joy-Cons sideways with the attachment rail facing away from you to use it as a simple controller

Best games for your Nintendo Switch

There are plenty of games you can use on the Nintendo Switch. Here are two of the most popular that are family-friendly and fun to play.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Zelda: Breath of Wild has some great features. One of the best is that the game has an element of surprise. It has a huge open world filled with so much to do, that even if you were to play and complete the main story, you’d find yourself probably missing some of the details of the map. The joy that comes from the discovery and satisfaction by finding your own way makes this game very inviting as well. Here are a few pointers to get you started in the right direction

  • opens with hero Link awakening in dark cavern
  • the mysterious voice guides him to a tablet that helps to navigate the Hyrule-the fantasy realm that is the heart of the Zelda adventure.
  • people still exist in small towns and stables—it’s a dangerous place and your job is to set things straight
  • instead of giving explicit direction as to what to do, it shows you what needs to happen and let you do the work to accomplishing the goals
  • Link now has the ability to climb virtually any surface in the game
  • the best way to figure out what to do is to be social, talk to lots of people

Super Mario Maker 2

Super Mario Maker 2 is a game about making levels and then sharing them with the world. Players play, create and share by side-scrolling different Super Mario courses.  Here are a few tips that will help you get started

  • you’ll want a decent stylus since the only way to access building elements is by touch when your Joy-Cons are attached
  • there are three ways to enjoy Super Marion Maker 2
    • you build a creative one of a kind course from scratch and let your imagination guide you
    • recreate a course from a Mario game then change it to your specifications
    • you can use a course you played online as a template and then make it your own with each course, you can add your own items



Free Disney Frozen Printable Coloring Pages and Activities

These free Disney Frozen Printables including a set of coloring and activity pages. They’re sure to keep little hands that busy for a few minutes while you try to get something done around the house. 

They’re also a great activity for the kids while waiting for your Princess Anna Mickey Ears Cupcakes to bake!

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Frozen 2 Printable Coloring Pages 

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