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Got any ideas for classroom Valentines this year?

Going with the standard box of superhero cards?  Or maybe you’re going to step up your mom game and stick a piece of candy on each one?  🙂

Or are you fresh out of ideas – or too busy to think of any!?

In this post, I’ll share some fun, easy and eco-friendly ideas for classroom Valentines!

 

Gifts for Classmates

In theory, I like cooking, baking and making crafts. In reality, it stresses me out – especially when I let my kids get involved.

It feels like the mess gets bigger and things get out of control. Those are my issues so I’m taking a few deep breaths and trying to let go so we can have some fun.

If that sounds like you, I invite you to take a deep breath right along with me and let it roll ‘cause here’s the first idea for classroom Valentines…

Seed Paper Hearts

One idea I LOVE is these recycled seed paper heart Valentines from Jamonkey. They are made using just a few ingredients you likely already have on hand.

And, they are absolutely eco-friendly! The heart itself is made to be planted and the card it’s attached to is totally recyclable!

ideas for classroom valentines

I know these seem like they will require more effort than a box of superhero cards but just think about the time you’d spend at Target instead…probably buying a bunch of throw pillows and socks you don’t need anyway!!

Instead, you can spend time with your kids – who may complain the whole time and not help clean up!   😂

Seriously, these are a GREAT idea for a classroom AND an eco-friendly alternative – not to mention an awesome opportunity to bond with your kid!

Homemade Cards

Making Valentine’s Day cards at home is another great eco-friendly idea for classroom Valentines. Not only does it eliminate packaging waste but it also allows you to do a little “green” promoting even on this pink and red filled day.

My kids have gone the homemade route before and had a lot of fun creating them. We opted for red, pink and white construction paper made from recycled paper cut into your standard heart shape. You can stick a few together any way you (or your kid!) like for a classroom full of unique Valentine’s Day wishes!

 

ideas for classroom Valentines

One other thing you can add to your homemade card is a reminder to recycle it when your classmate is done enjoying your creation.

I am sure my kids will moan and groan when I suggest this little addition but I’m used to it. And, it never hurts to encourage and remind others to keep it green!​

 

 

Gifts for Teachers

Gotta show your teacher a little love on Valentine’s Day too, right?

What better way to do that than with a homemade, straight from your child’s heart card? So easy and personal!!

Another idea is to treat your child’s teacher to some chocolate and strawberries! I’m not talking about your typical chocolate-covered strawberries though!

 

eco friendly school valentines

Check out these Strawberry Flowerpot Cupcakes!! They are adorable…and so much more eco-friendly than grocery store-bought flowers (which are NOT eco-friendly – check out this Greenily post about flowers).

They do require a little extra effort but after picking up a few items on your regular trip to the grocery store, a quick trip to the craft store (or maybe even just to your garden shed!) and an hour spent baking with your kids you have a unique, eco-friendly, yummy school valentine for your teacher!!

Trash Breaks My Heart!

While you are running around searching for ideas for classroom Valentines, it may not occur to you how much trash all of that is going to leave behind.

I don’t mean to be a party pooper but once the Valentine card has been given a quick glance or that Hershey’s Kiss has been eaten it’s all likely to end up in the trash. 😢💔

Not to mention how much school Valentine stuff (aka trash) your own kids will bring home. Ugh!

Not to fear! I’ve got you covered!

Check out this Greenily video full of tips about how to get rid of all of your Valentine’s Day goodies in an eco-friendly way!

 

valentines day trash

 

It’s Your Turn

Making school valentines a little more eco-friendly is easy! Now you’ve got a few ideas for classroom Valentines that won’t take you long and are sure to be extra special.

To make it even easier for you, I’ve created a School Valentines Quick Reference sheet listing all of the supplies you need for each idea. In addition to a supply list, I’ve included the link to the directions for each idea making them easy to access without having to scroll through the post again.

 

All you have to do is decide what you want to create, set aside a little time and let the mess begin!! (Remember, deep breaths!! 🙂 )