Non-Candy Themed Printables for Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year again, time to show people how much they mean to you and maybe indulge in a little treat or two. Rather than focusing on candy, we’ve come up with some awesome printables for your little ones to use as Valentine’s cards this year.
At Name Bubbles, we wanted to give you our own little Valentine to show you how much you matter to us. We thought a great way to do that was to load you up with an unlimited supply of our in-house designed downloadable Valentines. Choose from four different designs or print all four of them for your little ones to hand out at school, daycare, among their friends and family, or to anyone they want.
Click here to download these fun designs that have a food-themed approach. We decided to shy away from candy to promote some better food choices and to give us a little more creative freedom. We think they’re absolutely the best – be sure to check them out.
Valentine’s Day Facts
Let’s add to your Valentine’s Day excitement with a few facts about this holiday to you can load your little ones up with information.
- The first Valentine is believed to have been sent by a French Duke named Charles in 1415 while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.
- The first mass-produced Valentine’s Day cards in the United States were sold by Esther A. Howland, called the “Mother of the American Valentine” and the person behind the love-filled, card-giving tradition.
- Hallmark says 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year and that doesn’t include the ones exchanged in classrooms.
- In 2020, more than 17.1 million people bought Valentine’s Day gifts for their cats and 27.6 million American households got their pup a present.
- Oliver Chase invented a machine that easily make lozenges for sore throats. Then he got a great idea and started a candy company and used his machine to make conversation hearts. The first hearts didn’t have messages, it wasn’t until 1866 that they started printing messages. AND more than 8 billion conversation hearts are made each year.
Don’t Forget the Valentine’s Day Snacks
If you’re trying to encourage your kiddos to eat less candy, we’ve come up with a handful of our favorite snacks that can be part of your Valentine's Day celebration. Give these a try for an option that they’ll love almost as much as candy.
Take all of the stress out of Valentine’s Day and make it nothing but sweet. Simply add the snacks and craft tools to cart, print out your free printables, and you are set up for success! If you are really feeling like taking your Valentine’s Day snack game up a knotch, why not make a fun, but simple treat?
Or Make Your Own Snack: Red Sweet Popcorn
We love this little treat, it’s bright red yummy popcorn with a sweet flavor but not as sugary as caramel corn. You can play with the recipe and swap out the Jell-O flavor to anyone you want and with how trendy flavored popcorn is these days, this is sure to be a hit.
- 8 cups popped corn (if you use microwave popcorn, get it as bare as possible – look for something without salt or butter added)
- ¼ cup butter
- 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 oz cherry Jell-O
- While you’re popping your corn, preheat the oven to 300 degrees
- Use cooking spray or butter to grease a large 8x10 baking pan
- In small saucepan place butter and corn syrup and warm on medium until butter has melted
- Add sugar and Jell-O and stir until dissolved
- Bring to boil (still on medium heat) and then reduce to low and simmer for five minutes
- Put popcorn in a large bowl and drizzle in syrup to mix it throughout
- Spread popcorn in the baking pan and put in the over
- Bake five minutes and then stir to help coat
- Bake another five minutes and stir again
- Bake another five minutes and this time you can remove it from the oven
- Continue stirring every five minutes to prevent clumping as it cools
- Eat or store in an airtight container