Easy & Healthy Homemade Kids Valentine Treats for School (2024)

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By Melissa

on Feb 03, 2019, Updated Aug 13, 2022

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Ooo! I’ve seen so many cute ideas for Valentine’s Day! I’ve loved all of the cute sayings and things that are attached to a treat. One thing I noticed though is thatnot too many were the kinds of treats that I would want my kids to come home with. I have a hard time giving out things that I wouldn’t want in return. Now don’t get me wrong. I love sugar, but they just get SO much in one day. Why not be the one to provide a little non-sugary treat?HealthyValentine treats anyone?

So here are some great healthy(ish) snacks to hand out on Valentine’s Day. One thing I kept in mind was price; these are healthy and inexpensive treats! I have a friend with 3 kids in elementary school and 1 in preschool. Between the 4 of them, she needs to have almost 100 Valentines ready to hand out! That is seriouscommitmentto the Valentine if you ask me.

The Dollar Store really did me good this year! The little baggies (which are the zip close kind) were 40 for $1. The little foam heart stickers were also there in a pack of 240 stickers!

Lots of the ideas are prepackaged so they can be taken to school and fall into the categories of gluten-free, egg free, dairy free…all good options for kids with special diets! Most of the sayings aren’t super mushy either, just fun!

1. I’m Wild About You, Valentine

Treat: Animal Crackers (Giant 2 pound bag for $2.59, makes at least 30 bags)

How to: Fill up a little baggie with animal crackers, fold animal print paper over the edge of the baggie and staple it, glue the sheet of paper with your words on it to the animal print (to cover the staple).

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2. Knock, Knock

Who’s There?
Orange!
Orange Who?
Orange you glad it’s Valentine’s Day?
Treat: Fresh Orange
How to: Cut a 4 inch long heart out of green paper, write the first 4 lines of the joke on the front. I added little lines to make it look like 2 leaves. Cut a smaller light green heart, write the last line of the joke on it, and glue it to the back. Wrap 2 orange pipe cleaners around an orange, poke end through green hearts and twist to secure. Add a foam heart “cutie mark” (My Little Pony reference, for all you mothers of little girls).

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3. Fruity Valentine

Have a “berry” great Valentine’s Day! (strawberry or raspberry fruit leather)
You are the apple of my eye! (apple fruit leather)
You are “grape”! Happy Valentine’s Day! (grape fruit leather)
Treat: Stretch Island Fruit Co. all-natural fruit strips (from Costco)
How to: Cut a 3.5 inch by 7 inch piece of paper. Fold the paper around the fruit leather and secure with a glue stick on the back. Cut another piece of paper and write your saying on it. Attach with glue. Embellish with stickers.

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4. Let’s stick together, Valentine!

Treat: Cheese stick
How to: Cut a piece of paper 3 inches wide and 6 inches long. Cut two holes about the size of a penny in the paper about one inch from each end. Add saying and embellish with stickers. Insert the cheese stick into the holes as shown. This is a great gluten-free, prepackaged idea!

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5. You are a natural! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Treat: Nature Valley Granola Thin, or any other granola bar (These came in a box of 36, individually wrapped at The Dollar Store! That makes them about 3 cents per treat. Don’t worry. I bought 5 boxes!)
How to: Cut paper slightly bigger than your granola bar. Write your saying on the paper and use a glue stick to attach the granola bar right to the paper!

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6. It’s Valentine’s Day! What’s “knot” to love?!

Our class would “knot” be the same without YOU!
Treat: Pretzels or if you are a real thrill seeker, chocolate-covered pretzels.
How to: Fill your treat bag. Cut a large heart and staple it to the top of the bag. Cut a smaller heart, write your message on it, and gluestick it to the bigger heart (covering the staple). You can make a rectangle top by cutting a paper as wide as you’d like and twice as long. Fold the paper in half and staple to the top of the filled treat bag. Glue another paper with your saying on top to cover the staple.

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Now Snapple isn’t something I would give away to every kid in the class, but it would make a cute teacher gift or something nice to stick in the hubby’s lunch box!

7. You’re the snApple of my eye!

Treat: Snapple Juice
How to: Cut a large heart and write your saying on it (outline it with another paper if you like). Put a piece of tape in the middle of a pipe cleaner and attach it to the back of the heart. Twist the pipe cleaner around the neck of the bottle.

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These were a blast to make. I hope you can use the ideas!

Do you have any other ideas that I didn’t think of? What are you sending your kids to school with this year?

You might also like these simple chocolate desserts and Valentine’s treats:

  • Pretty in Pink Valentine’s Popcorn
  • Easy Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
  • How to: Healthy Valentine Treats to Give Away
  • Super Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies (Makes 6 Cookies!)
  • Homemade Chocolate Fondue

And here are some of my favorite Valentine’s craft ideas:

  • How to: Felt Heart Garland

Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!

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FAQs

What is the most popular Valentine's treat? ›

Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic treat on Valentine's Day but the store-bought variety are often pretty expensive. Luckily, they're easy to make at home and you can even get creative with decorating them: sprinkles, chopped nuts, or crushed freeze-dried strawberries!

What is the best healthy snack for school? ›

Instead of highly processed snack foods, snack time is a great time to offer your child whole foods that provide energy and nutrition.
  • Whole-grain crackers and nut butter. ...
  • A piece of fruit. ...
  • Peanut butter and banana quesadilla. ...
  • Olives. ...
  • Apples and peanut butter dip. ...
  • Frozen fruit popsicles. ...
  • Half of a sandwich.

What are four examples of healthful snacks for school age children? ›

What Snacks Are Good for School-Age Kids?
  • home-made trail mix with whole-grain breakfast cereal and nuts and raisins.
  • string cheese with grapes or other fruit.
  • fruit smoothies made with yogurt, milk, or a dairy-free milk-alternative.
  • ice pops made with 100% fruit juice or yogurt in ice pop molds or ice cube trays.

How do children celebrate Valentine's Day in school? ›

Typically for younger grades, students often create bags or faux “mailboxes” for in-class card exchanges, says Kopach. So, while they may not have to put each student's name on a card, they may be asked to write their own name on each valentine to let their classmates know who the card is from.

What do we do on Valentine's Day at school? ›

Fun Valentine's Day Activities for Elementary Students
  • Have a month-long kindness challenge. ...
  • Exchange notes of kindness. ...
  • Have a door-decorating contest. ...
  • Read some Valentine's Day books. ...
  • Make a heart collage. ...
  • Craft up some Valen-slime. ...
  • Set up a candy heart estimation jar. ...
  • Do a crystal heart science experiment.
Jan 29, 2024

Should you get your kids something for Valentine's Day? ›

Yes, giving your child a Valentine's Day card or treat is a lovely thing to do. Those who include their children in Valentine's Day tend to go all out on presents and special meals and messages of caring and kindness. "We have little presents and special dinner," says Stephanie M. "My little boy calls it Love Day."

What can I give my kids instead of candy? ›

Some good options are boxes of raisins, string cheese, bags of pretzels, apple slice bags, mini bags of popcorn and more. Just remember to get pre-packaged snacks from the store – many parents are leery about their kids eating homemade snacks from strangers. Drinks – Trick-or-treating is hard work!

How to make a simple Valentine gift? ›

Your take on homemade Valentine's gifts might mean an easy craft (anything heart-shaped will do), a sweet treat (think chocolates, pink candies or homemade donuts) or a DIY Valentine's Day card. Whatever your style, this roundup proves it's easier than expected to make your own presents.

How do you make Valentine's special on a budget? ›

Valentine's Day On A Budget
  1. 2| Flowers From The Heart. ...
  2. 3| Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt. ...
  3. 4| Recreate Special Memories. ...
  4. 5| Best Friends Date Night. ...
  5. 7| Create An Edible Bouquet. ...
  6. 8| Valentine's Day Playlist. ...
  7. 9| Create A Valentine's Photo Book. ...
  8. 10| Pancakes in Bed.

What is a good Valentine candy? ›

Lindt chocolate is known for its classic, small chocolate truffles, which come in a variety of different flavors, including milk, dark and white chocolate, caramel and strawberries and cream. Whether they prefer to mix up flavors, or go with the more familiar options, there's plenty for loved ones to choose from.

What is the number one gift given on Valentine's Day? ›

If you're unsure about what to get your special someone for Valentine's Day, the survey says that the most traditional gifts are the most desired: 48% want a nice dinner at a restaurant. 34% want chocolates. 31% want flowers.

What is the best candy for Valentines Day? ›

  • Hershey's Valentine Kisses. ...
  • Dunkin' Chocolates Gift Box. ...
  • VGAN Pink Love White Chocolate Bar. ...
  • Jelly Belly Valentine Mix with Conversation Beans. ...
  • Russell Stover Valentines Red Foil Heart. ...
  • Lunchables Valentine's Day Gummy Candy. ...
  • Seattle Chocolate Berry in Love Gift Set. ...
  • Twizzlers Hearts. Twizzlers Hearts.
Jan 24, 2024

What are 3 different foods snacks that are nutritious and safe for preschoolers? ›

Some healthy, fun snacks for kids: Fruits. Apple slices or rings with peanut butter, canned fruit, applesauce, fresh seasonal fruit by itself or with yogurt, cottage cheese or ricotta cheese, dried fruits like raisins. Vegetables.

What are some relatively healthy snacks? ›

Dietitians swear by these 5 midday snacks to stay healthy and avoid becoming 'over-hungry'
  • Fruits with nut butter or cheese. ...
  • Nuts or seeds. ...
  • Snack bars. ...
  • Hummus and vegetables or bread. ...
  • Water.
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What are some sweet healthy snacks? ›

Healthiest Sweet Snacks
  • Fresh Fruit. 1/14. It's packed with vitamins and minerals that help your body function. ...
  • Dark Chocolate. 2/14. A half-ounce square of 86% dark chocolate contains only two grams of sugar. ...
  • Apple Chips. 3/14. ...
  • Apple and Nut Butter. 4/14. ...
  • Cereal. 5/14. ...
  • Greek Yogurt. 6/14. ...
  • DIY Smoothie. 7/14. ...
  • Dates. 8/14.

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