I get that Boomers are like, OMG Millennial Parents And Their Special Snowflake Children. They see our birthday parties and class Valentines and think we’re a bunch of overachievers. And while I’ll cop to going a little overboard on birthday parties, my Valentine game only looks like it took me a ton of time. Our school has never let us bring candy or food items, and frankly, with food allergies what they are, I don’t really want to risk it. The good news is, party favors plus free printables that other overachieving parents make available online equals class Valentine’s win. I’ve made it even easier for you by rounding up some awesome options (if you can’t see the images in your RSS reader, click through to see embedded pins):
Every kid loves bubbles. Cute Valentine bubbles available via Target. You can get 16 for $3. Cheaper than a bag of candy.
I used this idea for Claire last year. Play Doh party pack available at Target for $6.
Mustaches are fun! Target even has Valentine mustaches, because of course they do. 16 for $3.
My kids love tiny things. They carry around purses full of them. Zoo animals via Amazon.
Also in the tiny things category: bugs! Bugs via Amazon.
Turns out bouncy balls look like planets. 12 bouncy balls for $3 at Target. Here’s an alternative bouncy ball printable.
I know my girls would love these heart glasses. 16 for $3 at Target.
Glow sticks are always fun. You can get 100 for under $9 on Amazon, with Prime shipping.
If your kid loves dinos, these are perfect. You can get 72 for $8 on Amazon Prime.
And if you hate the other parents in your kid’s class, give the kids kazoos. Almost as bad as giving a kid a whistle. 12 for $5 at Target.
And something for the teachers (I cleared these with my teacher sister):
We’re big Eos lip balm fans in our house. Plus they’re easy to find when blindly reaching into your purse. Or use any lip balm of your choice.
Just add hand soap or sanitizer.
Works with pretty much any Burt’s Bees product.
Just add nail polish.
Did you know you can gift Redbox gift codes via their website?
Always a crowd pleaser. Just make sure the card has enough on it for at least a grande drink.