Valentine’s Day is around the corner!  Who doesn’t LOVE that?!  But food and candy-centric holidays pose a challenge to teachers and parents alike.  Balancing fun with food allergy safety (not to mention sugar consumption) is a tight rope walk to be sure.  In addition to safety, teachers also strive for inclusion.

Luckily, there are plenty of clever crafts and games to be played for Valentine’s Day!  Thanks to Oriental Trading, here are just a few that we LOVED!

Now is a great time to order for delivery before the 14th!  Plus, here’s a link to Oriental Trading’s coupon page so you don’t break the bank:  Oriental Trading Promo Page.

First, set a festive tone with this pin-punched foil heart garland.  It’s long enough to string against an entire classroom wall.  Or, double up for impact. My 4 year old daughter loved that they twinkled against the sunlight.  What preschool girl doesn’t love a little sparkle?!

Here is this Valentine Garland  and here are some similar options.

We ALL loved decorating these adorable Color Your Own Monster Valentine Boxes.  My son, daughter, niece and I all traded markers while we swapped stories and talked about our weekend.  This would be a great in-class activity – I forgot how relaxing easy art projects can be.  And, both boys and girls like the fun design!

And, how cute are those Valentines?!  Both the Inch Worm Valentine and the Mini Finger Valentines were HUGE hits!

This adorable fingerprint craft was simple enough for my preschooler to do.  Plus., she loved getting a little messy in the process.  Not only did this keep her attention for JUST the right amount of time, but clean up was a breeze with soap and water.  The Valentine Tree Thumbprint Poem Craft is a kit that includes supplies for 12 trees – great for a classroom activity and a keepsake parents will cherish!

To get the kids moving, why not have a airplane race?!  Whose can go the furtherest?  The highest?  Can anyone get theirs to loop?  You could keep a class busy all afternoon with these fun and sturdy Peanuts Valentine Gliders.

We’re currently working on these sweet, mobile project to bring to the grandparents. The Color Your Own Heart Mobile kit is a set – great for occupying play dates, a group of students or your own kids for an afternoon.  They are so cheerful!

If you must serve something, aim for natural foods outside the top 8 allergens (dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, wheat, and soy).  Think: popcorn (read labels, some contain milk) and colorful fruit kabobs.  You’re going to want to serve something once you check out these cute dessert plates and cups:

Red Beverage Napkins

Frosted Fun Dessert Plates

Valentine Heart Snack Cups

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

**This is a sponsored post. However, I only write about and recommend products that I actually use and that I believe are beneficial to the food allergy community.**

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