I love my students, really I do, but there’s simply not enough time in the day for me to make handmade valentines for 32 students. But the store-bought alternatives are so icky and commercial. So what’s a crafting-challenged, time-crunched teacher supposed to do? I turn on my laptop, fire up the printer, and in under 30 minutes I can print out valentine labels to stick onto sweet treats or cardstock hearts for all of my students. Here are six semi-homemade options ready to print and use in your classroom.
Simply wrap a handful of gummy bears in cellophane treat bags or snack-sized ziptop bags. Tie on a "Bear Hugs for you, my friend" card, and your sweet valentine is ready for snacktime.
As a total math nerd, this is my all-time favorite valentine. I print these Sweetie Pi labels onto 2” x 4” mailing labels. Then I stick the labels onto cardstock shapes from the craft store. After writing a quick message on the back, these math-tacular valentines are ready to go!
Valentine’s Day is nearly as sugar-fueled as Halloween at school. For a healthier alternative, clementines are always a favorite in my classroom. To make these valentines, I pop a couple clementines into a zip top bag and tape on this printable card. It’s an easy way to remind our kids that sweet treats don’t have to be processed in a factory.
This bookish valentine PDF prints onto 2" by 4" labels. It couldn't be easier to stick the labels onto precut cardstock. Why pass up a chance to reinforce the love of reading while celebrating love in general?
My students aren’t the only ones I acknowledge on Valentine’s Day at school. My partner teachers and colleagues are practically family — or at the very least sorority sisters — and I like to send them tons of gratitude and love. And what better way to spread the love than with a good schmeer of cream cheese on New York’s favorite carb? So, I pick up a sack of everything bagels on my way to school on Valentine’s Day and leave a surprise breakfast on my colleagues’ desks along with this card. (One of the top rated bagel stores in NYC is just blocks from my school. I know, I’m so blessed!)
Homemade “recycled” crayons are a budget-friendly class craft project for Valentine’s Day. My students make these crayon valentines to give to children in a local hospital. Alternatively, your students can make these crayons to take home for their families or to share with other friends at school. The crayons melt best in a conventional over or toaster oven, but they can also be made in a microwave. Check out the video for complete directions to make your own rainbow crayons with your students.