Valentine’s day is quickly approaching, and your kids are probably asking you about Valentine’s day cards to pass out to their classmates. Why buy them when you can let your kids make their own? Making valentines will let your kids express their creativity, and it’s more personal than buying them from the store. If they are in a big class with a lot of people, it may be intimidating, but we want to help narrow down the options to make it a little easier. We have found 15 of the best designs.
Who doesn’t love a good pun or a funny saying? Most of these cards include one or the other. We looked for valentines that were simple to make but also unique. Some of these designs will require you to print out the design, and others will require a little bit of hand-drawn art. We guarantee that any of these designs make Valentine’s Day special for your kids and their friends.
10. Dinosaur Valentine
It’s no secret that kids love dinosaurs, so we think this excellent dino design will go over well in the classroom. All you need to do is find a set of small dinosaur toys and attach them to the printable valentine design. You can add a colorful sheet of paper to match the dinosaur for an extra pop of color, and voilà the design is complete. Each kid will walk away with a new toy, which is always a good thing. You can find the tutorial here.
9. Shovel Valentine
If you live in a tropical climate, this is the perfect design for your child to pass out to their class. Each valentine says, “hey valentine, I dig you” with a small shovel attached. You can get these shovels in bulk online pretty easily. Tie the shovel to a small bag of candy, and that’s it. This design doesn’t take long at all to finish, and everyone in the class will enjoy using the shovel on the beach. Click here to get the tutorial.
8. Pencil Arrow Valentine
If your child gets asked to borrow a pencil regularly, this is the perfect valentine. It’s easy to make, and you can find valentine themed pencils in bulk at many different stores. All they need is a white piece of cardstock, hole punch, pencil, cap eraser, and ribbon. You will be surprised how quickly these can be made, which is perfect if your child has to make a lot of them. You can get the tutorial here.
7. Fish Bowl Valentine
You can’t go wrong with this school of fish-themed valentine. Its super cute and pretty simple to make. You need to print off the fishbowl template and then let your kid wrap it in cellophane. Fill up the fishbowl with goldfish crackers or Swedish fish candy to make it look like there is a school of fish swimming around in the bowl. You can find the tutorial along with the templet by clicking here.
6. Lego Valentine
Who doesn’t love playing with Legos? Each child in the class will be given a bunch of Lego pieces that they can use to build whatever they want. All you need to do is print off the little card and then cut it out. Buy a big set of random Lego pieces and divide them up into small bags. This valentine will put a smile on everyone’s face, and that’s all you can ask for. Click here to get the tutorial.
5. Straw Valentine
It’s never too early to teach children about taking care of the environment, and this is a fun way to introduce the topic. Each kid in the class will be given a reusable straw that they can take home. These straws will help reduce the number of plastic straws that they use. All you need to do is pick up a pack of valentines themed straws and attach them to the card. Your child can make a card that says, “You are exSTRAW special, or you can print it out. You can find the tutorial here.
4. Emoji Valentine
Everyone uses emojis these days, so you know this will go over well in the classroom. There are so many different emojis that they can choose from when making these valentines. Each valentine could be the same, or each one can be unique to each classmate. There are many different emojis to choose from, so this will be a fun project to do. You can find some ideas here.
3. Tic Tac Toe Valentine
Your child will be able to add some entertainment to recess with this tic tac toe game for Valentine’s Day. Tic, tac, toe is a fun and easy game for kids to play, and there are no small pieces that they can lose. There is a special edition of tic tac mints that come out around Valentine’s Day that can be used as the pieces for the game. This Valentine is unique, and the game can be reused over and over again, which is a bonus. Click here to get the tutorial.
2. Watercolor Valentine
It’s no secret that kids love to paint. It’s an activity that lets them express their creativity and gives them the freedom to do whatever they want. This valentine is a nice alternative to handing out candy and instead give them their own miniature set of watercolor paint to take home and make their own creations. You can print out the watercolor design, or you can let your kid paint each card by hand. The final step is to attach a small set of watercolor paints. You can get the tutorial here.
1. Olaf Valentine
A lot of kids have fallen in love with Frozen all over again with the release of the second film. This valentine will let all the kids in the class build a snowman out of marshmallows. Give everyone some marshmallows, candy eyes, mini m&ms, and mike and ike candy in a little bag, and they will be able to build a snowman that looks like Olaf. Print out or let your kid make a card to place on the top that says, “Do you want to build a snowman?” If you need a template for the card, you can get it and the tutorial here.