Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Kids

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DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for kids can be basic and fun craft items that can kids can take to their school, give to friends and give to family members and loved ones. Valentine’s Day homemade gifts are fun for children and create positive relationships and social skills, which will last a lifetime.

When crafting Valentine’s Day gifts, make sure you have all the craft materials and supplies necessary to create items. This includes having enough food resources, stickers, glue, crayons, markers, scissors and any other necessary crafts required for ideas. In addition, make sure there’s plenty of time to create enough gifts. It’s also a good idea to have a list of classmates handy for your child as well as the proper spelling of teacher names too. Having a class list with teachers included will ensure everyone will receive a Valentine’s Day gift and there are no hurt feelings.

Cards

It’s important that if a child is bringing cards to school for his or her friends that cards are made for an entire class and teacher. Leaving out classmates can cause issues and it’s important to try and avoid that situation. Valentine’s Day cards can be bought and signed but crafting cards can be fun and personal. Whether cards are made from construction paper with stickers and crayons or a kit, creativity has no limits when making cards.

Kids can create a string of hearts card with as few materials as red construction paper, scissors, markers, cookie cutter heart shapes and glue. Cut out a strip of paper that’s 18 by 2 1/2 inches, and fold accordion style into 2 1/2-inch sections. On the top layer, draw a heart by hand or by tracing around your cookie cutter heart shape. Similar to a paper doll chain, the sides of the heart should extend out to the folded edges. Cut through all the layers of paper except where the sides touch the fold. Decorate the hearts with markers or glue on pieces of paper.

Candy gifts

Many kids will find friends fast at school with candy gifts. To keep things safe and sane, candy gifts can be created without causing sugar rushes or overindulgence. Some fun ideas for candy gifts include chocolate kisses with hats, necklaces and lollipop hearts.

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Chocolate kisses with hats

Materials for one chocolate kiss with hat:

  • 3-inch-diameter can
  • 4-inch square of felt
  • Scissors
  • Nontoxic glue
  • Paper clip
  • Chocolate kiss
  • 2 (7-mm) googly eyes with adhesive-backs
  • Pen or marker
  • 3/4-inch office dot sticker

Instructions:

Create a 3-inch circle of felt by pressing the bottom of the can into the felt and cutting along the impression it leaves. Cut the circle into quarters. To form the hat, run a thin line of glue along a straight edge of one felt quarter and press it to the other straight edge. Use a paper clip to hold the edges in place. When the glue is dry, remove the clip. Save the other quarters to make hats for more treats.

Glue the hat in place on the kiss, then stick or glue on the eyes. You do not need much glue. Use a toothpick to apply the eye glue. Allow the glue to dry. Use a pen or marker to write on a dot sticker and press it to the bottom of the kiss.

Necklaces

Materials:

  • Plastic wrap
  • Scissors
  • Unwrapped candies
  • Ribbon

Instructions:

Cut a strip of plastic wrap 36 inches long and 4 inches wide. Starting in the middle of the strip and working toward the ends, lay unwrapped candies 1 inch apart along the strip's center. Make your row of candies about 20 inches long. Fold the plastic wrap around the candies and roll it up to make a long tube. Tie 3 to 4-inch lengths of ribbon between the candies and at the ends.

To form the necklace, tie together the ends of the plastic wrap and trim the excess.

Lollipop hearts

Materials:

  • Red and green construction paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipop
  • Glue stick

Instructions:

From red construction paper, cut out a heart that’s just larger than the lollipop candy and glue it to the wrapper. For the leaves, fold the green paper in half and cut out a leaf shape, leaving the two sides attached at the seam.

Unfold the double leaf shape, coat the entire inside surface with glue, and fold it back over the lollipop stem, pressing to secure. If you use cardboard templates, one child can trace and cut hearts while another works on the leaves.

Treats

Have your child bring friends and classmates sweet Rice Krispie treats in heart shapes.

Ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 6 cups mini (or 60 regular-size) marshmallows
  • Red food coloring
  • 9 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  • Plastic bags, yarn

Instructions:

To begin, lightly coat a 10- by 15-inch baking sheet with cooking spray and set it aside. Melt the margarine in a large pot over low heat. Add the marshmallows, stirring them continuously until they melt. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in drops of red food coloring until the color receives a thumbs-up from the chef.

Add the Rice Krispies, stirring until they are evenly coated with marshmallow. Spoon the mixture onto the baking sheet. With waxed paper or lightly buttered hands, smooth out the mixture, spreading it to an even thickness. Cut out hearts with the cookie cutter. Place each heart in a clear plastic bag, tie on a yarn bow and they're ready for giving. Makes seven 5-inch hearts.

Last Updated: January 5, 2012
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About Sabina Dana Plasse Sabina Dana Plasse holds a bachelor's degree in history from Bucknell University, a master's in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University and a master's in film and video from American University. She is an award-winning writer and editor living in Sun Valley, Idaho. Besides writing on fine arts, lifestyle, home and garden, entertainment, philanthropy and business, she enjoys teaching film and writing screenplays. Sabina has served as the arts and events editor and living writer for the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper, a twice weekly national award-winning newspaper serving Idaho's Wood River Valley. Sabina adores mountain town living where she is an active snowboarding, skier, mountain biker, hiker, supporter of the arts and an avid seeker of practical living ideas.  

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