8 DIY Valentine's Day ideas for school classroom parties

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8 DIY Valentine's Day ideas for school classroom parties

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and with this love-filled holiday comes school classroom parties and card exchanges. 

We're helping you get creative this year—you know, creativity is our passion—with a list of eight simple do-it-yourself Valentine's Day party projects. From treat exchanges to crafts to snacks to decorations to games, we've got something on our list you'll definitely want to implement this year.

Treat Exchange: Unique Valentine’s Day Cards with a Treat

cards

At the heart of every school Valentine's Day party is the exchange of cards. That's why we created these adorable, customizable Valentine cards. They're part of our Valentine’s Day Printable Collection.

You just add your child's name, print the card, then insert your favorite treat into the slit (we like to use suckers or pencils). Your kiddo will be super excited to hand them out to his or her friends.

Treat Exchange: Valentine’s Day Mailbox

mailbox

Those classroom card exchanges are way more fun if each child has his or her own personal mailbox. Here's one you can quickly create, and then let your kiddos add their own personal touch.

Wrap an adult-sized shoebox with red craft or wrapping paper. Use a retractable utility knife to cut a hole in the top that's about 6 inches long by 2 inches wide (large enough for a card and/or candy treat to be inserted).

Once those steps are complete, give the box to your child to decorate. We love to decorate them with themed stickers; you can also decorate with markers, depending on the type of paper used to wrap the box. 

Snacks: Heart-shaped Fruit Skewers

fruit skewers

Use a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut strawberries into a heart shape. Then add the heart-shaped strawberries, along with grapes or your other favorite fruit, to a wooden skewer.

We love this snack because it's super unique, super simple to make, and super healthy to eat.

Treat Exchange: Heart-shaped Gourmet Cookies

heart-shaped cookies

You'll need a heart-shaped silicon mold, cookie dough (refrigerated or homemade), candy melts (we like to use pink and red), sprinkles, wax paper, and a cookie sheet.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Fill each heart in the silicone mold about three-quarters of the way full with cookie dough. Gently place the silicon mold onto a cookie sheet and place it in the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until the sides of the cookies begin to turn golden brown. While it's baking, pour your sprinkles into a bowl and lay a long piece of wax paper out on the counter.

Once your cookies are baked, let them cool completely then gently pop each one out of the mold. 

Carefully read the instructions for the candy melts and heat them according to the directions. Gradually dip half of a cookie into the melted candy; immediately following that, dip the same half of the cookie into the bowl of sprinkles. Place the cookie on the wax paper and leave it there until the candy becomes hard. Repeat this same process with the rest of your cookies.

Now, for the pièce de résistance. Place a cooke or two into a 4-inch by 6-inch clear treat bag and seal it with our Valentine’s Day goodie topper (which comes with our Valentine’s Day Printable Collection). These make a delicious—not to mention head-turning—giveaways for Valentine's Day.

Game: Valentine’s Candy Pick-up

candy game

You'll need two paper plates filled with a of variety of Valentine candy, two sets of chopsticks, and two empty paper plates.

If you have more than two players, create two teams. Have a child from each team use the chopsticks to move as much candy as they can to the empty plate in a given amount of time. Whichever child moves the most candy over in that round scores a point for his or her team. 

We love to play this game with younger kids because it gives them the opportunity to practice their counting at the end of each round.

Decor: Wall Decorations

wall decorations

Place double-sided Scotch mounting tape along the top of the wall and attach your streamers. For Valentine's Day we like to use red and pink. Twist the streamers and then secure them to the bottom of the wall in the same way.

To make your wall even more decorative, print and hang the banner included in our Valentine’s Day Printable Collection, as you see in the photo above.

Craft: Fingerprint Heart

fingerprint heart craft

You'll love this cute, yet simple Valentine’s Day craft. You'll need a white canvas (we used an 8-inch by 10-inch canvas), red or pink acrylic paint, tape, and one piece of thick paper (like construction or card stock) that is about the size of your canvas.

First, cut your paper into a heart shape just large enough to cover most of your canvas, like we did in the photo above. Then, secure the heart to the canvas using tape, but make sure the tape is hidden behind the heart. 

Dip your little one's fingers into the paint, then have them gently place their fingers on the canvas along the outside of the heart shape.

Once the paint is dry, remove the heart. If you'd like, use a permanent marker to add your child's name or have them write a special message.

Treat Exchange: Valentine’s Day cupcakes

cupcake

No party is complete without cupcakes, and the cuter you make them the more excited people get to eat them. We're making it easy for you to decorate your Valentine's cupcakes in style without blowing your budget.

Our Valentine’s Day Printable Collection comes with the cupcake topper and cupcake wrappers shown above. Simply print them, cut them out and assemble them according to the directions. Voilà! You won't believe how fast they'll disappear at your party.

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