Most elementary schools celebrate Valentine's Day by allowing the students to give out small gifts or cards to their classmates. Generally, the gifts have to be small and there has to be one for every child in the class. Check with the teacher ahead of time because some schools either don't allow candy or have restrictions on what kind of candy you can hand out.
Candy is a traditional gift at Valentine's Day for all ages. There are plenty of things you can do to personalize candy for Valentine's Day.
Make candy cane hearts by crossing two wrapped candy canes so the hook parts create a heart. Put a small spot of rubber cement where the stems of the candy canes cross and where the hooks come together. The rubber cement will hold the candy canes together, but don't use too much cement so they are easy to pull apart.
Make candy kiss mice with two Hershey's Kisses and a couple of craft supplies. Cut a small heart out of red construction paper. Cut red pipe cleaners into approximately 1-inch pieces. You'll also need two small googly eyes for each mouse. Glue the heart to the bottom of one chocolate kiss, and then glue the bottom of the second chocolate kiss to the other side of the heart. When the chocolate kisses are on their sides, the top of the hearts will create the ears. Glue the googly eyes to one end of the mouse to create the face, and glue the pipe cleaner on the other end to create the tail.
Valentine's Day Toys
You can buy inexpensive Valentine's Day toys for each of the students. You can buy anything from red-heart rings to mini kaleidoscopes. Oriental Trading sells these types of small gifts and toys in bulk.
Homemade Valentine's Day Cards
Homemade cards are always a feasible gift for elementary school kids because they are simple and inexpensive. They are easy enough for children to make themselves.
Buy plain card stock in either white, red or pink. Cut a heart shape into a potato, and use it as a stamp to decorate the card. Dip the child's finger in paint, and let them make fingerprint hearts on the card. Buy heart-shaped stickers or use heart-shaped stencils.
Fold the white card stock in half and draw half of a heart on the folded side of the card. Cut the heart out so that when you open the card, there is a heart-shaped hole in the center of the card. Then glue a piece of red construction paper to the back of the card so that when you open it the heart-shaped hole, it is filled with the red paper.
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