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Valentine's Day Activities {free printable!}

Valentine's Day Activities {free printable!}

Enjoy these no-candy, free printable Valentine's Day activities that your kids will LOVE!

So here's my thing with Valentine's Day (well, actually two things)...

First, the store-bought, pre-packaged card sets that have 24 valentines to a box -- It. Drives. Me. Nuts!

Why?

Well, my kids haven't had 24 kids in their class EVER.  So every year, I'm stuck buying two boxes in order to accomodate the 26 or so friends in the class.

And second, I'm not a fan of yet another candy holiday -- I mean, I just got my family back on the eating-healthier bus after Christmas (and believe me, it's not always easy to get them back on track if you know what I mean ;)

So today, I'm going to solve BOTH of these problems with this FREE printable Valentine Volcano activity & card set!

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14 Creative DIY Valentine Boxes

Fun ideas for DIY Valentine Boxes that are the perfect way to collect all those love notes!

Sometimes I think it's the minor holidays that might put me under as a Mom!

Take February for example, either I'm trying to find 100 items for the kids to bring for the 100th day of school or I'm wondering how it is that EVERY set of boxed valentines includes 24 cards when my kids ALWAYS have 26 kids in their class.

I solved that last challenge by finding a great selection of Free Valentine Cards that you can print yourself -- as many as you'll need :)

Now for the next challenge -- coming up with a great idea for the Valentine Box! 

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14 Valentine's Day Ideas You'll LOVE!

Creative Valentine's Day Ideas that make great gifts for kids!

If you have kids, come February 1st you'll hear a lot of talk about 'cool' Valentine's Day ideas! 

Those school parties are so exciting and the thought of getting cards from all of your friends gets kids a little bonkers (if you know what I mean ;)

The challenge:  finding something unique to give to friends and family -- and something "not mushy" as my kids tell me.

So we've rounded up some fun ideas of the no-candy variety for all the 'Loves' in your life!

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Valentine Craft & Sensory Activity: Spice-scented Cards for Kids

Kids will enjoy this combo valentine craft and sensory activity as they create spice-scented cards for their friends & family!

I'm one of those people who hates to throw things away. 

I always try to think of some way we can use up an item instead of just tossing it in the trash like these 14 upcycled Valentine Boxes kids can use to collect their cards.

My husband is the same way -- he packs my son's sandwiches in all the old bread bags (it's a running joke at the lunch table at school now ;)

When I was cleaning out our spice cabinet during one of my recent organizing stints (I'm loving my new approach to getting organized!), I discovered a number of outdated spice containers.

Although they were way passed their prime for baking,  the spices still smelled nice.  And they HAD to be good enough to use for something, right?

So I tossed them into a basket and what do you know!  Inspiration struck a few days later -- spice-scented Valentines!

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17 Creative (& FREE) Printable Valentine Cards

Creative & free printable Valentine Cards that kids will love!

In our house, we really don't do cute.

Creative, yes ...

Corny, oh yea ...

Geeky, totally!

But not so much with the cute.

So Valentine's Day can be a bit of a challenge.

Like when you have a son who wants to give valentines with pictures of monsters.

Or when your daughter wants to give "super cool" valentines to the girls but only "regular" valentines to the boys (goodness knows we don't want those boys to think we might 'like' them, right?!)

And then there's the whole "But I have 28 kids in my class and there's only 24 cards in the box!"

Ugh!

Needless to say, buying "standard, one-size-fits-all" valentines doesn't always work.

So we've gone in search of some awesomely cool (and Free!) printable valentines that kids will LOVE to give to their friends plus some fun ideas for families too!

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85 Valentine's Day Cards & Games {free printables!}

Enjoy these free printable Valentine's Day games, cards and activities that are perfect for class parties and family fun!

We are snowbound this week! 

Yep, 12 inches of snow overnight tends to shut down most of the city. 

Now this is all fine with us as we LOVE snow days -- BUT we had plans to go shopping for some Valentine items and that's just not going to happen for a few days.

So I thought I would round-up some AWESOME Valentine ideas instead -- rev up your printer and you can get a head start on addressing those valentines for the class party or play a few games with your kids.

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Quick DIY Valentine Box for Kids

Super easy DIY Valentine Box that can be made at the last minute!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm sure your kids have been thinking about what they will give their classmates this year.

Will it be candy hearts?

Maybe a Star Wars valentine?

Or are they going to make something special for their friends?

 

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Valentine Day Ideas for Kids {free printable activity coupons!}

These free printable coupons for kids are the perfect non-candy Valentine idea that will give the family some time to enjoy together!

I know that we show our kids how much we love them every day of the year but sometimes it's fun to surprise them on Valentine's Day.

We've put together a set of free printable Valentine coupons for all types of fun activities!

You can put one in their lunchbox each day, sneak them next to their dinner plate or give them the whole sheet as a Valentine (to be redeemed in the coming weeks)!

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Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt & Activities {free printable!}

Enjoy time together with this free printable Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt and more fun activities to do with your kids!

Most people think of flowers and candy on Valentine's Day - but what kids would really love is spending some time with you! 

Here are some fun activities to do together on Valentine's Day or during the month of February.

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