Are you looking for a crafty, creative valentine to make with your kiddo? A non-food valentine or at least a valentine that if free of the Top 8 Allergens?
Well, hopefully you will find an idea or two here or get inspired to create your own. These are my Top 10 Allergy Friendly Valentines and I'm glad I didn't have to choose which one to do. My kids got that job and now they can't wait to share them with their classmates.
1. Rainbow Loom Valentine - found at Stitch Craft Creations. There is also a really cute Olympic Valentine on this site.
2. Bubbles Valentine - found at Made To Be a Momma
5. Valentine Pencil - found at Raising Up Rubies...which by the way I cannot wait to spend my night looking at her blog...super cuteness!!!!
7. Glow Stick Valentine - at The Teacher Wife
8. Star Wars Valentine - found at Stitch-Craft
9. Bouncey Ball Valentine - found at The Crafting Chicks
10. Freezie Pop Valentine - Josie has fallen in love with penquins recently, it may be all of the cold weather getting to her. She wanted to find a penguin valentine. We found this cute little penguin valentine that says "Let's Chill" and made them into a freezie pop holder. They are free of the Top 8 Allergens but do contain food dyes. Health food stores often carry freezie pops without artificial coloring (however, they may be seasonal). My little girl was so excited to make these and the freezie pops were not easy to find since we live in the middle of a winter wonderland, but I was on the hunt. After a several stops, one of our grocery stores had the big box of 100 in the back of the store...whew!
Ok...so I have a couple more valentine's to share with you...
11. Olaf Valentine - we found this adorable idea/printable at One Creative Mommy. To make them allergy friendly...we used gluten free pretzels and Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips. The candy corn did contain egg whites so Mom put those in after my daughter did the rest of the assembling. Another nose option without eggs is using an orange gummy candy and cut it in the shape needed.
Confession time: Anna was extremely excited about passing these out. We sat together and assembled them all and then while speaking to our school nurse, she very kindly reminded me we can't pass out homemade treats. DUH! Oh my word, I felt just horrible. I felt bad that Anna couldn't pass them out to her class but felt even worse, that I, the mother of a severely food allergic child and food allergy advocate who knows better, almost brought these in, which would have been against the rules. Rules they have established to try to help protect kids with food allergies during class parties. I guess we all make mistakes from time to time. I'm so thankful she reminded me before we brought them into school. This almost-oops has given me more compassion for families without food allergies and the efforts they make to help protect kids with food allergies. And on the bright side, we had a whole bunch assembled that we could share with the school office staff and they were tinkled pink about them.
So what did Anna do? Thankfully, we had a ton of freezie pops leftover, so we used those with her valentines. It was a great learning experience for myself and my daughter.