Today, we’re sharing Free Printable Fish Valentines we designed for kids. Your child will love passing these cute valentine cards out to friends at the school Valentine’s Day party this year.
I just updated this post with allergy-friendly Valentine’s treats ideas to go into the bags. These are the best last-minute DIY Valentine’s that you can make. They are easy and all you need is a printer, a hole punch, some baggies and twist ties!
Allergy-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Cards
For my son’s preschool class last year, we wanted to create one of a kind valentine cards or tags that could be attached to an inexpensive treat or trinket like stickers, pencils, candy or crackers.
Both of my boys love fish crackers (what preschooler doesn’t, right?!) so one day as they were snacking an idea struck! What if I made a cute little Fish Valentine to go with fish crackers? It could easily be attached to a little baggie and tied with ribbon, similar to how we made Muppet Mix for his birthday treat the previous year.
My oldest son loved how the Fish Valentines turned out. It made him giggle that the card said “‘Fishing’ You a Happy Valentine’s Day” rather than ‘Wishing’. Chances are your preschool or elementary child will love them too so I wanted to make the Fish Valentines available as a FREE digital download for Kenarry Idea Insiders.
Allergy-Friendly Treats Ideas
Since I first wrote this post in 2016, I’ve been asked for some allergy-friendly snack ideas to put inside Valentine’s bags.
Goldfish crackers are great for peanut allergies. Double check your box though, just in case they are manufactured in a place that handles peanuts.
The crackers do have gluten, so if you wanted you could opt for the gluten-free fish crackers.
More allergy-friendly ideas include:
- Stickers and small toys
- Blue slime (to look like the ocean)
- DIY Foam fish magnets
How to Make Fish Valentines
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It doesn’t take much to make these cute Fish Valentines. All you need are small cellophane bags, some fish treats, a little ribbon and our free printable Fish Valentines for a valentine card your child’s classmates will love.
What You Need:
- Access to a computer and color printer
- Clear cellophane treat bags
- White card stock
- Scissors or Paper Cutter
- 1-Hole Punch
- Fish shaped crackers (you could also use candy fish)
- Twist ties
- Light blue ribbon
1. Get the Free Printable Fish Valentines.
The printable Fish Valentines are available as a FREE gift when you sign up below!
Once you’ve confirmed your e-mail address, we’ll send you the free digital printable. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to get our weekly Ideas In Your Inbox newsletter as well as access to our resource library stocked with free printables, product discounts and other content that is EXCLUSIVE for Idea Insiders only.
Then you just need to download the PDF file and save it to your computer. The Fish Valentines and all other free printables from Kenarry: Ideas for the Home are for your own PERSONAL USE ONLY.
Once you have the file, print the Fish Valentines in color on white card stock.
They come 6 to a page, so keep that in mind when you are printing them.
2. Cut and punch the Fish Valentines.
Cut the tags apart. For straight lines, I’d suggest using a paper trimmer. It’s so fast and much easier than using scissors.
Next, use a simple hole punch in the corner so you can easily tie the tags onto the cellophane bags once they are filled.
3. Sign the Fish Valentines.
If your child is able to write, have your child spell out his or her name on the Fish Valentines. After I designed the cards, we learned my son’s preschool teacher preferred the kids not address cards to specific kids. Since the kids are just starting to learn to read, it makes the whole distribution process at the Valentine’s Day party go much faster if they can hand the valentine card to any kid.
4. Fill the treat bags.
Use whatever fish shaped treats you want to fill the cellophane bags. I used standard cheddar fish crackers, but they come in a multitude of other flavors. You could also use fish shaped candy, make fish sugar cookies or skip the treats all together and just give out the Fish Valentines as is.
5. Tie on the tags.
Use twist ties to seal the top of each treat bag. Then loop a ribbon through the Fish Valentines and tie them as tags around the top of the twist ties.
Now you have a colorful and fun treat for your child to give as valentines at school! You could also cut the To/From part off of the bottom of the cards and just use the Fish Valentines as cute tags on a Valentine’s Day party favor.
What kind of valentines does your child give at school? Have you seen any really creative ones? Please comment below and share. We’re always looking for new ideas.
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While you’re here, be sure to check out the Long Distance Valentine Hug Cards we made to send to the boys’ grandparents.
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Carrie is the chief writer, crafter and cook here at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. She’s an optimist by nature and enjoys sharing recipes, trying new craft ideas, planning for parties and events as well as organizing and decorating. When she’s not blogging, preparing meals or picking up around the house, you’re bound to find her hidden away in a castle under the stairs reading to her two young boys. Whether you’re cooking, crafting or creating for your family, follow Carrie on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram to get inspiring ideas for your home.
Originally published January 2016. Updated January 2018.