10 Easy Valentine’s Treats For Children

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’ve got children you know that means gifts. Gifts for their school friends that is, and if you’re anything like me you’ve got at least 15 children to get something for which can quickly add up. As no child wants to feel left out at this age, you’re going to need a frugal plan. Here are my frugal valentines ideas.

1) Pinwheel Pencil.

  • Create a pinwheel using instructions from online or a book.
  • It’s just basically a 7″x 7″ simple square folded.
  • Use festive hearts or red paper for more fun.
  • Add a valentine’s pencil as the stick you hold and watch as your children giggle as they make it spin.
  • Open stock paper is $.25 this week at Michael’s coupled with a pack of 10 pencils from the dollar store for $1 is $.35/child

2) Bubbles.

  • With all the food allergies nowadays, it’s tough to know what’s safe bet for your kids to take to school; unless they don’t take food.
  • Buy some of those wedding bubbles from the dollar store (around 9/$1) and attach a small ribbon and a note. The “hats” on mine are mini cupcake wrappers and my 4 year old added stickers to decorate. $.15/child.

3) Rice Crispy treats.

  • These are an easy favorite because not many children are allergic or dislike these little treats.  Plus, they’re easy on your wallet.  Make a batch of treats and pour them into a greased cookie pan.
  • Once they’ve hardened a little cut out hearts, kisses or lips with a greased cookie cutter (I just sprayed oil on mine)
  • Have your kids help you decorate with cinnamon hearts, frosting, or other decorations and add a couple to a cellophane bag with a label to gift them .  Cost per child: Around $.20.

4) Candy Spoons.

  • Question: What’s more fun than receiving a sugar stick stirrer for your coffee? Answer: the kid version of this sweet treat. This one is so easy my preschooler and his friend did it together. I scored major Mum Brownie Points which is always a plus!
  • Grab a pack of red or pink spoons from the dollar store and some white chocolate candies.
  • Melt down the candies/almond bark in the microwave for about a minute and a half, stirring every thirty seconds.
  • Simply dip the spoon in the chocolate and lay it flat on a wax paper sheet.
  • Quickly before they dry add candies or sprinkles to decorate.

5) Oreo Balls.

I love my 4 year old helping out so I tend to pick easier things like these scrummy oreo balls.


  • Oreos (I used store bought ones)
  • 8oz softened cream cheese
  • Candy melts, almond balk, sprinkles to decorate

  • Use about 3/4 of the pack of oreos and smash them up. I used a can of unopened vegetables but a food processor would work fine too 😉

  • Add those to the cream cheese and stir well.
  • Roll into balls and place on wax paper (a tray works fine too!) and put in the fridge to harden.
  • Once they’re hard (give them about an hour) dip them in melted candy melts and add sprinkles. To save money I just dipped one side and I still think they look good!
  • Add them into mini cupcake wrappers. I bought 100 from the dollar store with hearts on them.

Cost: Store bought oreos (I didn’t use the whole container) $1.25, Cream cheese $.99, Candy melts and sprinkles: $.75, cupcake wrappers: $1 = $3.99 and made about 30 balls.


6) Cake Pops.

  • I’m obsessed with cake pops! No celebration around here is complete without them and as they’re bite-size they’re perfect for little children.
  • Simply make a cake. No, no, not a gourmet one but a simple box cake {or whip up your own!}
  • Once it’s cooked crumble it into a bowl and add 2/3 can of frosting and mix.
  • Roll your sleeves up and make little balls and add to a tray.
  • To decorate put it on a stick and dip in chocolate. I used white chocolate and let Isaac help me add sprinkles before the chocolate hardened. Cost per child: $.20.

7) Candy Arrows.

  • Send your little cupid off to school with his arrows and he’ll make a big smash hit from the regular candy they’re gonna get.
  • I found heart-shaped gummies at the dollar store and a bag of thin stick pretzels there too.
  • Place the heart on the end like the arrow and then cut a smaller piece out for the front. I had to mould it on.
  • Add a few to a bag with a cute label and voila! You’re the talk of school 😉  Cost per child: $2/30 pieces so around $.20/child

8)  Hershey Kiss Cookies.

  • Nothing says Valentine quite like Hallmark or those adorable little chocolates with the perfect name.
  • Have your child help you mix the batter for sugar cookies and after cooking them add a kiss to each one while they’re still warm.
  • Add a couple to a plastic bag with a note from your child and they can give a sweet treat for about $.25/child.

Credit: Dan4th

9) Hot Cocoa Bath Mix.

  • In a large bowl mix 6 cups powdered milk, ¾ cup cocoa, 6 tablespoons cornstarch.
  • Add 3 TBS of the mixture to a cellophane bag, tie with a piece of raffia or ribbon and add a note: “Add 1 TBS of Hot Cocoa Bath Mix to your bath”.
  • This makes enough for about 20 children with some leftovers.

10) Heart Paperclips.

  • Don’t forget the teacher by giving them some fun school supplies: Simply grab some large pink or red paperclips from the office supply store. I found 80 at the dollar store.
  • Bend the open-ended half of the paperclip at the middle and then fold it until it creates a heart. I decorated a card stock heart with some and also added a handful to a cellophane bag. $.50/teacher.

For more Homemade Valentine’s Day Ideas see:

Valentine’s Day Crayons

Valentine’s Day Playdough

FREE Valentine’s Day Printables


  1. Lizzie Ater says:

    Some cute ideas! But all of the food ones my son would have been allergic too before outgrowing his milk allergy.

  2. We’re making heart shaped crayons for my children’s classmates. Take all of those little crayon pieces you have, peel off the paper, place inside heart shaped tin, place in oven for 10-20 minutes (watch carefully until fully melted), cool, remove from tray! Instant heart crayons for kiddos!


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