I am so excited about how Colton’s Valentines turned out this year! I wanted to do a non-candy Valentine for multiple reasons, the main one being to give out something a little different than the norm. He’ll be passing these out at his playgroup, which consists of about 15 kids ages 1-5. These non-candy Valentines for toddlers are perfect!
To make these Valentines, you’ll need Krazy Straws, hole punch, cardstock, marker, Kool-Aid (optional), and tape (if using Kool-Aid). You can certainly make them without adding Kool-Aid, however, I liked adding the red Kool-Aid to make them feel more Valentinesy. That’s a word, right? You could also use all red or pink straws if you want to be extra festive.
The adorable printable I used for the tags is from Kinzie’s Kreations. Marci Coombs also has a similar option. Both are free to download. Of course, you could also design your own tag if you’re an overachiever (I am not).
The most challenging part of this non-candy Valentines for toddlers project was cutting out all the tags. The printable I used has an intricate border and my hand literally wouldn’t stop shaking when I finished cutting them out. Oh, the sacrifices we make in the name of toddler crafting.
Once the tags are cut, write your child’s name on them. Then, punch a hole in the top and bottom of each one. You can then weave it onto your straw. Next, tape a Kool-Aid packet onto the straw. Experiment with the placement of the tag and packet to see what looks best with the specific straws you have.
That’s it! It took me about an hour to make 20 of these non-candy Valentines for toddlers. My cost per Valentine was about 50 cents. Gotta love a quick, cheap, and cute project!
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I’m not one bit crafty! Well done on these! #TwinklyTuesday
Thanks, Sinead! I am only a little bit crafty… I try though! Haha.
Oh my goodness! This is such a cute ides! I love non-candy options for the littles and this is so adorable. Wonderful idea and thanks for linking up to #fridayfrivolity!
Thanks so much! Non-candy options are hard to come by for sure! I guess all kids love candy… well, and adults too! 🙂
What a gorgeous idea! I know that non-candy options seem harder and require more preparation, but these look simple and most importantly, effective! I love the little “Sip Sip Hooray!” signs on them too! #humpdayhype
Thank you! I hope the recipients enjoy them too!
Great idea for something non-candy related. In recent years my kids have gotten about as much candy on Valentines Day as on Halloween.
Same here! My son has already received a whole pile of candy and Valentine’s Day isn’t even here yet!
Great options for the times when you don’t want to hand out candy or worry about allergies! I love the cards…
Thanks so much! I was glad to have an option that could include all of my son’s little friends!
You are my HERO!!! Thank you for these!!!
I’m so glad they are going to work for you! Happy Valentines Day!
This is such a lovely craft idea and I can’t believe how inexpensive it was! Awesome little things to do with the kids!
Thank you, Suzy! I love finding inexpensive activities to do with little ones. Their attention span is so short that I don’t want to spend too much money on something that will get a couple minutes’ worth of enjoyment. 🙂
Not just for toddlers, I’m gonna make some for myself!
I like the way you think, Angel!
These are so cute! My little one is in preschool this year and I’m already dreading all the candy she’ll be bringing home on Valentine’s Day. I am definitely opting for something non-candy this year
Thanks, Corrine! We got a lot of compliments on them last year. I think a lot of parents appreciate a non-candy option!
This is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing and linking up.
Thank you so much! Glad you liked it!