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We all know that Valentine’s Day is synonymous with chocolate, and the kids will come home from school with plenty of the sweet stuff. That’s why I will be showing my kids that I love them with other equally special treats — that don’t involve candy. Want to join me? Here are 10+ Ways to Spoil Your Kids on Valentine’s Day…Without Candy!

Long collage of ways to spoil your kids on Valentine's Day without candy

1. Do you know about Kinetic Sand? Kids LOVE the stuff! And I love Kelly’s adorable Kinetic Sand Valentines on Smart School House. I promise, if you give these to your children they won’t even miss the sweet stuff!


2. On Parents.com you can find quite a few delicious-looking ideas for heart-shaped food {like these Jammie Sammies!}

Jammie Sammie


3. Or how about getting your kids moving with a game of Heart Hopskotch from Toddler Approved? See it here!

4, My boys love these Homemade Whole Wheat Graham Crackers, which are just sweet enough (thanks to the honey), but also full of healthy ingredients!

5. Crayons are always fun to receive, and it’s easy to dress up a simple box for the holiday. Instant Valentine’s Day gifts for your little ones from Pumpkin and a Princess! See them here.

6. Another edible, heart-shaped Valentine? These beautiful Sweetheart Chicken Hand Pies from Tastes of Lizzy T. Wouldn’t these be PERFECT for a family dinner on Valentine’s Day? So kid-friendly, too!


7. Or, if your kids prefer a heart-shaped breakfast, check out this Love Toast!

8. Entertain your children on Valentine’s Day with this free printable Valentine’s Day Word Search from Jinxy Kids.


9. Need a Valentine’s Day beverage? Squeeze in some fruit and protein with Cupid’s Vanilla Berry Smoothie!

10. My boys love to play organized games — especially if they’re active! And of course, I love to get them moving (especially after a meal). Here is a great list of Valentine’s Day Games for Kids.

11. Dress your little ones up in a Love Bug Hat from Do It Yourself Divas for Valentine’s Day! Get them to help you make it for some special time together.

Love Bug Hat

and finally, 12. Another simple, sweet, and widely-appealing Valentine gift for your kids that doesn’t involve sweets! My kids would love to receive these Play-Doh Valentines from Grace and Good Eats. Get the free printable here!

Play Doh Valentines Printable

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Have fun spoiling your little sweethearts this year!


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  1. Great list. I like the Word Search Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. Please be sure to come back again Sunday night for the new party.