The hearts and flowers-filled holiday is almost here! While my husband and I aren’t big celebrators of Valentine’s Day – it’s so much cheaper to go out to dinner any other night of the year – our kids get excited about any chance for a party. And the potential for candy? You can bet they’re all in. But, like most classroom celebrations, it’s easy to end up with plastic crap and junk that just goes in the garbage and fills up landfills.
Here are seven ways you can turn your Valentine’s Day party from red to green, with a special focus on Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties. There are eco-friendly class Valentines, greener gifts for teachers, and festive present you can make from all that art that kids create. There’s even a set of free classroom Valentines that focuses on getting kids outside, exploring.
Craft Projects 1 of 7
Use all those pieces of artwork for the raw materials to make cute heart-shaped bookmarks for family, friends, and teachers. Simply cut out hearts of varying sizes on card stock and from the chosen scribbled masterpiece, glue them together, and you'll have a recycled paper gift. For detailed instructions, go here. If you're doing this project in your classroom, replace the craft knife with scissors.
For other art projects using recycled materials that you can do during a class party, check out this easy paper roll heart stamp project.
Eco Friendly Classroom Valentines Cards 2 of 7
Botanical Paperworks offers sets of personalized zoo valentines perfect for any classroom. They're printed on seed paper, so your child's classmates can plant them and see wildflowers bloom in the spring.
A Greener Bouquet 3 of 7
Make your Valentine's flowers earth friendly in more ways than one: these flowers from Organic Bouquet are EcoBlooms, meaning they're grown with the least environmental impact and fair trade certified, and 5% of the purchase of the gerbera daisies goes to support Conservation International. It's a perfect gift for hard-working teachers.
Compostable Party Supplies 4 of 7
Susty Party offers compostable party supplies, like these heart-stamped cups. They work for both hot and cold drinks, and are perfect for classroom parties. You can pair them with compostable plates, bowls, and straws, for an eco-friendly celebration.
Heart Shaped Candy 5 of 7
For a sweet treat for the kids, try Surf Sweets' organic fruity hearts. Made with organic fruit juice, and no corn syrup, the cute red hearts are also gluten free and made in a nut-free facility, which makes them perfect for sharing with friends who may have allergies or in nut-free classrooms.
Recycled Heart Crayons 6 of 7
Free Nature-Focused Cards 7 of 7
The Nature Conservancy offers a free download: printable cards that offer more than just Valentine's Day greetings. They also include ideas for fun activity to encourage kids to get outside. You can print them at home, on recycled paper, and then share them with your child's class.