6 allergy-friendly Valentine’s Day ideas
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and your child probably wants to bring in Valentine’s for their entire class. And you’re not prepared in the slightest. What do the kids like? How can you stand out from the rest of the store-bought cards and candies? What are the classroom allergies? We’ve got you covered.
First of all, it’s best to be mindful of the possible allergies in the classroom. A simple precautionary step you can take is asking the teacher to provide a list of classroom allergies. Even if there aren’t any allergies, you can still try out these sweet Valentine’s and be guaranteed to put together something that everyone can enjoy.
Whether you want to give out treats, cards with personalized messages, or small toys, read on to discover six allergy friendly Valentine’s Day ideas for the classroom or even at home with your loved ones.
If you’re avoiding allergens, share the love with heart-shaped gummy fruits. These limited edition gummy fruits are a favorite among candy-lovers every holiday. Our gummy fruits are a vegan, gluten free, nut free candy, and they are even free of the top eight allergens (that is egg, fish, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat). Organic gummy fruits are the perfect worry free Valentine to distribute to friends or to treat yourself. Don’t miss out on these gummy hearts because they are only around for the holiday!
If you don’t want to go to the food route, exchange Valentine’s Day-themed trinkets. Is there a no food policy in the classroom? It’s not as tasty, but giving Valentine’s Day-themed toys, pencils, stickers, erasers, or other trinkets is a fun way for the kids to show their classmates they care about them this Valentine’s Day. These trinkets can be found at most stores that you can buy premade Valentine’s at.
If you’re a sucker for love, get fruit flavored organic lollipops. Lollipops are always a great addition to a Valentine… or honestly, really anything. Just tape or tie them onto your Valentine’s Day cards to sweeten up the message. If your creative juices are flowing, you can make your own Valentine’s using our heart template. Just glue the heart-shaped notes to the wrappers of our organic lollipops, which are also made in a peanut free facility (therefore safe for any peanut allergies in the classroom!). Colored and flavored with real fruit juice, they are simply delicious and you don’t have to worry about the pesty artificial dyes found in other candies.
If you want to get crafty with the kids, make your own Valentine’s from scratch. Did the lollipop Valentine’s Day craft inspire you? You don’t have to use our template. Let your child design their own Valentine’s using colored paper, glitter, and whatever other craft supplies you have on hand (and don’t mind cleaning up after!). If you want to add a Valentine’s Day treat, tie, tape, or glue it onto your homemade cards. Our organic fruit snacks, sour beans, and gluten free gummy bears come in convenient, single-serve packages – a perfect portion controlled and sweet snack to add to your Valentine’s. Also a sweet snack to fuel all this crafting.
If you’re a baker at heart, make your own gluten free, vegan treats. If your child’s classroom allows homemade baked goods, or you just want to make something for your own Valentine at home, there are a lot of sweets that you can make that are nut free, vegan, and gluten free. Check out these eight recipes to discover brownies, cupcakes, and even truffles.
If you’re short on time, share candy that doubles as a charming Valentine. If you’re a fan of YumEarth heart-shaped gummy fruits and our fruity, organic lollipops, you can get both! Visit your local Target’s Valentine’s Day display to get a 30 count package of gummy snack packs and lollipops that you can give out to your child’s entire class. Write right on the label and they are ready for the class’s Valentine’s exchange.
Now you’re not sure where you’re going to put all these goodies after the classroom exchange. We know you don’t want the house littered with all of the sweet notes your kid received from their friends, and we’re way ahead of you. When you’re all done with your box of YumEarth candies, decorate it to your heart’s content to make a lovely little Valentine’s Day mailbox.
We want to make sure everyone can enjoy Valentine’s Day… what better way of doing that than by exchanging Valentine’s that can be given to everyone? Don’t forget to ask your child’s teacher about any classroom allergies so everyone can have a sweet Valentine’s Day. To be sure you’re able to accommodate any and all of those with food allergies or sensitivities in the classroom, use our handy dandy candy selector to shop for candy by attributes, allergens, and even flavor. How sweet!