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Inexpensive and Lovable Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

Inexpensive and Lovable Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

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Yes, Valentine’s Day is primarily known for adult date nights and romantic gifts. But with kids at home, these are the loving ways to spread the joy at home! This year you’ll love to try a few of these inexpensive Valentine’s Day ideas for kids!

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

Kids really do get into the Valentine’s Day spirit of love and friendship. Maybe it’s the classroom Valentine’s card exchange at school. Maybe it’s the warm and fuzzy feeling woven throughout the month. But more likely it’s the sweet candy and treats! Okay, let’s give children a little more credit. 

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While the school parties and special desserts are fun, I think that kids just naturally love to LOVE. And Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to express that. Yes, there’s a time for grown-up Valentine celebrations. But if you’re looking to include children, these are a few easy tips.

These Valentine’s Day ideas for kids include crafts for them to make, treats to serve and items you can give your kiddo to show your love for them!

Inexpensive But Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

I’m sharing some fun Valentine’s ideas for kids, in a round-up of fantastic crafts, treats and gifts. These ideas will give you inexpensive and lovable ways to share the holiday with your kids. And so not to leave out the littles, I’ve included Valentine’s Day ideas for toddlers, too.

There are also some real, memorable ways to create a deeper connection with your kids (with this holiday as the reason to begin a step in that direction). Your kids will love you for including them in the Valentine’s Day celebration!

Valentine’s Card Exchange

Kids LOVE to give Valentine’s Cards. And all the better if they are accompanied by a special gift. These budget-friendly cards and gifts can be easily made at home at a low cost.

If you love cute and unique, these Valentine’s cards are perfect! You can almost guarantee that nobody else in class is going to give these adorable Llama Valentine’s Day Cards from Simple Everyday Mom. She includes a free template.

Photo Credit: Simple Everyday Mom

These Candy Necklace Valentine’s Printables from Five Marigolds are the cutest Valentine’s cards ever! And naturally, every kid loves getting a sweet treat in the card exchange.

Photo Credit: Five Marigolds

A quirky card and a bag of treats is just what kids love on Valentine’s Day! Try these fun-loving Printable Sloth Valentine Cards from That Sweet Tea Life.

Photo Credit: That Sweet Tea Life

Ever met a kid who doesn’t love glow sticks? Me neither! Passports and Parenting has a fast printable homemade Valentine’s Day Card with Glow Stick tutorial.

Photo Credit: Passports and Parenting

Little Valentine’s Day Gifts on a Budget

Coming off the winter holidays, kids don’t really need anything extravagant. But children will delight in a small, special non-candy treat that shows you’re thinking of them. These are perfect for kids to gift each other in friend/school exchanges.

My son and I made these DIY Handpainted Bookmark Crafts last year as a Valentine’s Day gift for his classmates. Customize them for friends with personalization as a sweet and inexpensive present that’s also practical!

These awesome Race Car Valentine’s Day Cards from Where the Smiles Have Been will make a car-loving kid’s heart race! Use the printable and a piece of washi tape with a Hot Wheel vehicle.

Photo Credit: Where the Smiles Have Been

Kids just love slime so this inexpensive and fun gift is a keeper! Get the DIY Valentine Slime with a free printable from Crayons and Cravings.

Image Credit: CrayonsandCravings.com

Another option to non-candy Valentine’s Cards, these Squishies-Inspired Cards by Paper Heart Family can be printed at home and then adorned with inexpensive Squishies Figures, found in bulk.

Photo Credit: Paper Heart Family

The cute and practical You Measure Up Ruler Wrap Valentine gift from Moms and Munchkins combines a hand printed card and inexpensive School Pack of Plastic Rulers.

Photo Credit: Moms and Munchkins

Even young kids can create this Valentine’s Day craft with little Washi Tape Bubbles from Money Wise Moms to gift to their friends.

Photo Credit: Money Wish Moms

Don’t forget about the teacher! Consider pairing with seed packets or a potted plant. Gift an educator this Teacher Valentine Card from Just is a Four Letter Word.

Photo Credit: Just is a Four Letter Word

Handmade Cards for Family

Younger kids usually exchange cards and treats with friends at school. Creating homemade cards for family members is a great way to show off creativity and love (especially for little siblings that don’t yet go to school). No need to be perfect, just let the feelings fly.

Want to be crafty? Let the machine do all the hard work for you! I made these gorgeous Valentine’s Day cards for my kids within a few quick minutes on my Cricut Joy.

Valentine's Day cards made with the Cricut Joy

Consider making DIY Valentine cards for each other at home. This personalized 3-D Valentine’s Day Photo Card with a lollipop treat from Chaotically Yours is fantastic!

Photo Credit: Chaotically Yours

A simple construction paper card with a sweet sentiment inside is so meaningful. A new box of customized Crayola crayons will encourage the creativity.

Draw a picture or paste a photo inside for an added touch. These are the memories to hold in your heart forever. I still cherish the handmade Valentine card that my son made for me so many years ago.

Looking to make real, meaningful connections with your children this Valentine's Day? These inexpensive and lovable Valentine's Day ideas for kids are practical and fun tips help make your Valentine's lovely.

Valentine’s Day Snacks and Sweets

Is the way to their heart through their stomach? From a loving breakfast to a special treat in the lunch box or after school, these snack Valentine’s Day ideas for kids are cute and practical.

Looking for more Valentine’s Day at home with kids ideas? Hosting a weekend lunch “party” for the family is a great way to create special memories.

Valentine Party table set with snacks
  • Doughnuts are always a welcome treat in my book!
  • Sprinkle chocolate chips on the pancake batter in the shape of a heart.
  • Add red food coloring to a glass of milk to make a “pink drink”.

I love this idea of cutting fruit into heart shapes for the ultimate Valentine’s Day fruit salad! Watermelon Heart Salad from A Designer Life.

Looking to make real, meaningful connections with your children this Valentine's Day? These inexpensive and lovable Valentine's Day ideas for kids are practical and fun tips help make your Valentine's lovely.

Start Valentine’s Day morning off with these healthy and fun Breakfast Toast Ideas for Valentine’s Day from Perspective Portions.

Photo Credit: Perspective Portions

A yummy after-school treat of Valentine’s Day Snack Bites from On My Kids Plate, with healthier ingredients that can be altered for taste.

Photo Credit: On my Kids Plate

Gather up the family for a fun evening of love-inspired movies like Gnomeo and Juliet, The Princess Bride or Enchanted. Serve this crunchy, salty/sweet treat of Valentine’s Day Popcorn, recipe from 4 Hats and Frugal.

Photo Credit: 4 Hats and Frugal

A delicious post-Valentine’s dinner dessert and as adorable as they are yummy. Try these Hugs and Kisses XOXO Treats from A Hundred Affections.

Photo Credit: A Hundred Affections

These double-decker brownies with M&Ms can be made especially for your Valentine with pink and red candies studded on the top layer. They’re a great school party treat that can be pre-cut and individually wrapped for each student.

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids to Take to School

If the teacher or PTA makes a request for an at-school Valentine’s party, these are some of the cute and fun ideas to bring. Think “individual portions” that can be wrapped up and given to each child.

These take-to-school treats would be sweet in a lunch box or for a classroom Valentine’s Day party. Penguin Valentine Goody Bag ideas from Margin Making Mom include a recipe for a Chex snack mix. 

Photo Credit: Margin Making Mom

Oh so cute for inside the lunch box or for kids to hand out to classmates, these Love Bug Valentine’s Fruit Cups from Crayons and Cravings. It’s also a healthier alternative to desserts on Valentine’s Day.

Photo Credit: Crayons and Cravings

Creative and delicious, these Homemade Valentine Fortune Cookies from The Good Hearted Woman hide a sweet Valentine’s Day message inside the fold.

Photo Credit: The Good Hearted Woman

How silly are these handcrafted lollipops?! The kids at school will squeal if gifted a quirky Valentine Monster Lollipop from Kimspired DIY.

Photo Credit: Kimspired DIY

A little drop of sweetness! Valentine Gum Drops from Thrifty Jinxy are made easier than you think with Jell-O, applesauce and gelatin. Bag up a few in various sizes and flavors for each kid.

Photo Credit: Thifty Jinxy

Because things on a stick just taste better, these Valentine’s Day OREO Pops from Urban Bliss Life are going to be a highlight! There’s an Oreo cookie hiding underneath the white chocolate and sprinkles.

Photo Credit: Urban Bliss Life

Pair these easy-to-make Valentine Heart Lollipops from Thrifty Jinxy with a simple card for a treat the kids will love. Made with a simple heart-shaped mold and Jolly Rancher hard candies!

Photo Credit: Thrifty Jinxy

Perform a Loving Act

Just like kids love to give presents at Christmas, they enjoy the giving of their affections on Valentine’s Day as well. This is a great time to show your kids different ways of loving.

We can show our love for all people with service, including volunteering to help others. Start with your church or ask in your local community for ways that your children can help.

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Help kids to think outside of their circle of friends as to whom they could share these gifts. Perhaps they would enjoy putting a Valentine’s surprise on the front porch of a neighbor’s house. Or go to a senior community and gift these to the elderly. These are great Valentine’s Day ideas for kids that won’t break the bank and are sure to put a smile on someone’s face!

Here’s a super cute loving act that kids would enjoy – making these Valentine’s Day Birdfeeders from Wine and Glue to hang in a tree. Bet the birdies would love it!

Looking to make real, meaningful connections with your children this Valentine's Day? These inexpensive and lovable Valentine's Day ideas for kids are practical and fun tips help make your Valentine's lovely.

Prepare a big batch of this yummy Valentine’s Day Toffee from Julie Blanner. Stack pieces on a heart-shaped paper plate to gift to neighbors!

Photo Credit: Julie Blanner

Think outside the candy box. This pretty Succulent Valentine’s Day Gift from Family Spice is an ideal gift for a volunteer or teacher. And it’s beauty will last all year!

Photo Credit: Family Spice

So elegant looking, these delicious Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies from Art From My Table are sure to put a smile on someone’s face!

Photo Credit: Art From My Table

A Lovable Handmade Gift

These precious handmade gift Valentine’s Day ideas for kids are perfect for making or giving. Ideal projects for older kids to do on their own and then give to friends or family.

Older kids can make this sweet Felt Pocket Kitty from Swoodson Says for younger siblings as a darling Valentine’s Day gift.

Photo Credit: Swoodson Says

Bath bombs are the rage with kids from toddler to teen. These Conversation Heart Valentine Bath Bombs from Shrimp Salad Circus are awesome and fun to make at home.

Photo Credit: Shrimp Salad Circus

Nature lover in your life? This stunning Nature Heart Collage from Craft Invaders can be created and gifted for Valentine’s. Hang year-round for a unique art piece in the home.

Photo Credit: Craft Invaders

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

Let kids wear their heart on their sleeve – literally! Primary is my favorite place for kid’s clothing (use code AFF20PCT for 20% off your first order). How cute are these Heart Pajamas that come in all sizes for babies to adults?!

Primary Heart Pajama Top

This is a gift that gives. For every order with an item from the Heart Shop, $5 will be donated to The Conscious Kid, up to $25,000. Check out the entire Primary Heart Shop for all the Valentine’s Day inspired outfits.

Primary Rainbow Heart Tee

ShopDisney has some adorable Disney themed Valentine’s Day tees. There are also sweet love-themed accessories that can be worn all-year round, like a pair of cute socks or this WALL-E and E.V.E. Heart Necklace (perfect for tween and teen girls!).

If you have some craft time available, put together a creative Valentine’s Day shirt for the kids. My children love wearing their handcrafted creations, made with love by Mom! Use a Cricut and simple iron-on vinyl to create this adorable Valentine’s Day Cricut T-Shirt Design.

If you have a sewing machine and basic skills, this charming Valentine’s Day Heart Tee can be completed in just a few hours. See the Hidden Mickey? It’s ideal for Disney fans!

Not in the craft mood? Etsy is the go-to place for handcrafted Valentine’s Day gifts for kids. Both of these handmade gifts from Etsy cost around $20.

Fuzzy Cupcake Socks on Etsy by HappytoGiveBoutique
Train Engine With Hearts T-Shirt on Etsy by SunshineMountainTees

Valentine’s Homemade Crafts

Take the time to sit down and create something together with your kids this season. Most of these craft ideas will only take an hour but your kids will love the time spent with them.

Okay, so I haven’t gotten into the make-your-own slime thing but I know that kids LOVE it! This Valentine’s Day Slime from The Farm Girl Gabs is so fun and glittery, what a kid’s dream come true.

Photo Credit: The Farm Girl Gabs

There are lots of other crafty things you can do with the kids during Valentine’s. This Paper Heart Wreath tutorial from Hello, Wonderful is adorable (and what kid doesn’t love to wield the stapler!) Best part? Totally mess-free!!

Another mess-free project, this one specifically for little ones with a parent’s help. Mess-free Toddler Valentine’s Day Card Craft from Glitter Inc.

Photo Credit: Glitter Inc.

Just like every little girl on the planet, my daughter is obsessed with unicorns! How much she would love making this Unicorn Headband Craft from Creative Green Living.

Photo Credit: Creative Green Living

Valentine Yarn Heart Ornaments from Some the Wiser are easy enough for preschoolers to make with help. Create a few in various sizes and string them up in a loving decoration that’s appropriate year-round!

Photo Credit: Some the Wiser

Kids can put together these cute (and delicious) Valentine’s Day Hershey’s Kisses Mice from Color Me Crafty to decorate a table or hand out to their friends.

Photo Credit: Color Me Crafty

Older kids who enjoy paper crafting will love to make a bunch of these Origami Paper Hearts from Needlepointers. Make a bunch of them and string them up to hang on the wall.

Photo Credit: Needlepointers

Decorate the house in advance of Valentine’s Day using inexpensive paper. Create a XOXO Paper Garland for Valentine’s Day decorations, using this easy tutorial from Decor Hint.

Photo Credit: Decor Hint

Looking for a few more ideas? You might like this post about Cheap Ideas for Valentine’s Day!

Read a Loving Story Together

My littlest kids especially love to snuggle with mom and dad to read stories. Those are special memories for sure! Choose a Valentine’s themed title or just one that encourages loving people everyday.

A Valentine’s Day themed book (like our favorite, Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch) is a great bedtime read-aloud for young elementary.

Don’t leave out the little ones! Choose a story that will appease toddlers and preschoolers. My baby daughter thinks that this book, Disney Baby I Love You This Much! is the best.

Tweens and teens may love having a journal for writing down their thoughts (since actually expressing them outload might prove to be too challenging!) This JAM Paper Notebook with Elastic Band is a welcome gift for those kids who enjoy journaling.

Give Your Child the Gift of YOU

Instead of just building up to the single “day of affection”, try stretching out the love all month. The most important gift you can give your kids is your time and attention. These are a few ideas on how to make that happen, starting now.

Ever read about the The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts? There are additional books in this series that help you to love children and teens more deeply.

I can’t think of a better Valentine’s gift from a parent to a child than your time, your attention and a deeper and more connected love! Try reading The 5 Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively

Parenting teenagers can be tough! Try the The 5 Love Languages of Teenagers: The Secret to Loving Teens Effectively

The Gifty Girl has a collection of loving expressions to do in the 14 days leading up to Valentine’s Day. 

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