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My son is in his last year of elementary school, so that means that it will likely be his last year doing the whole Valentine’s thing. I’m not gonna lie, that makes me just a touch sad. My baby is almost all grown up and on the brink of middle school. Duh Duh Duuuh. (that was my dramatic sound effect)
Anyway, I am a little more motivated to do the Valentine’s, and you know, start earlier than the night before. 😉 I started collecting some ideas to show him for final approval. Some of these are DIY, some are Etsy printables and some are just plain ol’ store-bought. I have arranged them in order of his preference. So you guys have it straight from the 5th grader’s mouth which of these is the coolest.
Army Guy Eraser Cards
I knew the army guys were gonna be his first choice as soon as I saw them. He used to love playing with these little green guys and would stay entertained for hours. I thought they were pretty adorable, and they will most likely be the ones that we purchase for his classmates.
Printable Shark Cards
I found these shark Valentines on Etsy. It is actually a bit overwhelming the number of cards you can find there, but I narrowed it down to the two I thought he would be most interested in. He gave these sharks the number two spot, and he really had a hard time choosing between these and the army guys. (edit: this listing is now showing unavailable on Etsy, but you can find a different set of shark valentine’s here.)
DIY Hatch Animals Valentines
He studied this post for quite a few minutes because he thought the little animals were so cute, and although it isn’t his number one choice to give to his class, he still wants to make them just for a fun project. The teenager picked these as the best, but she isn’t likely to hand them out to her senior classmates.
Berry Mason Jars
I was actually kind of glad he didn’t pick these even though I love them so much. I feel like they might be a little on the expensive side when you add up enough supplies for 25 kids! Also, we would have to substitute something for the gummies since the candy would need to be individually wrapped…maybe those little strawberry candies. Perhaps we can make a handful of these to give to his cousins!
Star Wars Printables
You may have noticed that we really appreciate some Star Wars around this joint. The only thing keeping these out of the top spot was the card that said, “You’re the droid for me.” Fifth grade has brought us new things that are suddenly embarrassing, and apparently, that phrase sounds like “you are asking someone to be your girlfriend.” However, I personally love the Chewbacca card. Maybe I will just print them out for me. (edit: another missing Etsy listing! Find a newer version of Star Wars cards here featuring Kylo Ren and Rey.)
Scratch Off Cards
These cards earned a “That’s so cool” which is high praise indeed. I also thought they were pretty neat, but it could be because I like playing the lottery. (edit: Target isn’t showing this listing on their website anymore. Find similar scratch-offs on Amazon.)
Nerds Candy Valentines
I have always loved Nerds candy, especially the grape ones. So, of course, my kids love it too. We have given these nerds Valentines at least twice in the past (although I honestly can’t remember which kid was passing them out). They are a sure bet.
Silly Joke Scratch-Off Cards
Another set of scratch-off cards, it must be a thing this year. My son loves puns, plays on words, riddles, and silly jokes, so I knew these would be right up his alley. He had a difficult time rating these cards because he just had too many fun ideas to choose from.
DIY Seed Paper Valentines
Although my son did like these cards, he put them as the last choice because he said no one in his class would plant them, and he didn’t want the seeds to just die. I think they would make a cute card to hand out, but maybe they need to go to younger kids so the parents will plant them.
Well, guys, I hope this helps you on your quest to find the perfect Valentine for your little one. I am feeling blue that this is my last year to search them out.
What are your little ones handing out this year? Did you find a cool card that I missed?