I don’t know about your sons, but mine are less than enthusiastic about Valentine’s day — which is a shame, because there is so much good about the day, at least the way that kids get to celebrate.
(Yes, it’s over commercialized and trite for adults – I mean, have you tried to make a dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day? Total amateur night and torture. I prefer to stay home.)
Despite my less than enthusiastic embrace of the day for adults, I think that the emphasis on love and friendship and acknowledging the people you care about is a great thing. Anytime I can help my sons share their feelings, I’m game.
So every year I look for ways to encourage my boys to enjoy the day — without forcing them to do it with pink doilies and roses. Because love is love, even if you express it with toy soldiers.
ARRR you ready for some pirate valentines? 1 of 12
Of course you are! Boy and girl pirates for all! Find them at
All’s fair in love and war…. 2 of 12
These are funny and have been on my mind since I discovered them last year. Love is a battlefield, indeed! Find them at
Ralph’s MadLib Valentines 3 of 12
Clever and easy idea for an older child, from Gabby Blair, AKA Design Mom. Find them at
Wheels! 4 of 12
I can't resist a sweet pun. Sue me! I "wheelie" like these and think they would be adorable for a preschooler. Find them at
Thirty Handmade Days.
Love Bugs 5 of 12
If your child isn't interested in red and white candy hearts, perhaps you can interest them in bugs? These are fabulous and fun! Find them at
Superhero Valentines 6 of 12
Lollipops dressed up as superheroes. Need I say more? Your little superman will love sharing these with friends! Find them at
Hey Valentine, Let’s Stick Together 7 of 12
These have to be my favorites: Simple, fun and not too sweet at all. Find them at
Skip To My Lou.
Let’s Roll, Valentine 8 of 12
Boys and their wheels -- I will never understand the obsession, but I can certainly help them share it. Find them at
Thirty Handmade Days.
Stuck on You 9 of 12
These are cute as a button, and she shares them in two color schemes! Find them at
An Awesome Book of Love! 10 of 12
My family loves Dallas Clayton, and his "Awesome Book of Love!" shows the boys how great it is to express love -- sweet, but not too much. Find it at
Valentine, you make my heart bounce! 11 of 12
I love the easy tutorial and the inexpensive (and candy-free) gift. Find it at
The Crafting Chicks.
For the boys (and girls, too!) 12 of 12
I agree with Brittany, "Okay, don't leave me any mean comments below—I know that these printable school valentines can be for boys and girls (believe me—I have a son and three daughters). But I feel like there is often a shortage of boy valentines" -- as a mother of three boys, I appreciate her sharing these boy-awesome valentines. Find them at
One Charming Party.