Inside: Need some quick candy-free valentines for kids? These free printable cards are funny Valentine’s Day jokes that sneak in math practice with a fun game.
Every year around Valentine’s Day, I cringe when it’s time for my 6-year-old to bring valentines into school for her whole class.
Let’s set aside the fact that first graders exchanging valentines for kids proclaiming “I’m sweet on you” and “Will you be mine?” is a little…weird. Other than that, the main hesitation I have about classroom valentines is this: After school that day, you end up with 20-30 pieces of random paper that your kid has read once (and won’t read again) but refuses to throw away.
Whether it’s a store-bought Dora the Explorer card or a DIY valentine made from scrapbook paper, glitter, and five varieties of washi tape, you’re stuck with those suckers.
The candy will be eaten and enjoyed, as it should be.
But those classroom valentines? They’ll clutter up your house for at least a couple months until your kid finally loses interest or until you lose your patience and sneak them out to the curbside trash can in the dead of night while your kid is sleeping.
Bonus: Download these free printable valentines that sneak in some math practice, too.
Funny Valentines for Kids: The Next Level
If you’re going to be stuck with classroom valentines anyway, wouldn’t it be nice if they provided a little more entertainment?
The other day, I asked Abby what kind of valentine would be fun to get at school.
“Hmm,” she said. “Valentines with math problems?”
The kid adores math problems, so I didn’t have the heart to tell her that a math-based valentine may not be as much fun for every kid.
“That would be interesting. How could we make it even MORE fun?” I asked.
We went back and forth and finally came up with the perfect mix of classroom valentine, math problems, and fun.
With these free printable funny valentines for kids, your child’s classmates will solve math problems to get the answers to Valentine’s Day jokes and riddles.
Even if a fellow student doesn’t particularly like math, they’ll probably stick it out to get the answer to the joke. Sneaky math rocks!
Abby tested our unique valentines for kids (someone had to check my math!) and they’ve got her official seal of approval.
Bonus: No candy necessary, so these valentines will work even if your kid’s classroom has a rule about no sugary sweets.
Download Your Free Printable
- Download the valentines. You’ll get the printable, plus join my weekly newsletter! Just click here to download and subscribe.
- Print. Any paper will do the trick, but card stock would be ideal. There are two pages with two valentines on each page, so print as many copies as you need to cover your kid’s classroom valentine needs.
- Cut. Or if you’re like me and you can’t cut a straight line to save your life, fold and tear to get a charming DIY look.
- Pop the valentines into your kid’s backpack, and you’re DONE. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could ask your child to fold each valentine and write a classmate’s name on the outside.
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