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Since our local elementary school has tightened food rules to restrict giving candy etc, we have been trying to think up some easy ideas for non-food Valentines gifts for my daughter’s first grade class.  Here follows some multi-age, inexpensive ideas to fit the bill.

* Fabric Hearts (image shown above). Can be made out of scrap fabric and filled with dried lavender.

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* Heart-shaped bird treats.  Pop a mixture of gelatin and bird seed into heart shaped tins.  Check out this easy recipe for more details.

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* Friendship Bracelets for your classmates (also keeps children occupied on snow days)!

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* Yarn hearts – I love this easy, inexpensive idea which could be made into any shape.

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* Valentine bubbles – great for younger children to give to their preschool friends.

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* A useful pencil decorated with a handmade heart or wound up in a cute caterpillar paper.

Happy Crafting and Happy Valentines Day!