This Valentine’s Day there’s no need to shower your kids with sugary treats, especially since they’ll get plenty of candy at school. Luckily, there are lots of toy alternatives that last longer than chocolate or candy hearts—and that are just plain fun.
Check out our festive list of toys, crafts, and games for your pint-sized love, and gift a token of your affection that provides plenty of play. From an adorable puzzle to trendy tech, to a custom candy lab, we’ve found an assortment of items that’ll make their heart flutter.
1. An adorable puzzle
If your little one loves puzzles, this kitten in a basket makes a precious Valentine’s Day gift and a great family activity. We love Ravensberger for their sturdy puzzle pieces and sweet designs, and this 100-piece puzzle is best for ages 6 and up.
2. Hands-on hearts
Kids can have fun constructing their own Valentine’s Day hearts with this kit from PLUS PLUS. The clever little bricks help encourage logic, creativity, and fine motor skills as children create festive shapes. The set includes instructions and 70-plus pieces in red, pink, and white. Best for ages 5-12.
3. The softest “sweets”
These plush desserts from German toy company HABA are the perfect addition to your kiddo’s toy kitchen. The set includes nine realistic-looking plush petit fours, sweets that will last beyond Valentine’s Day. We love that the set is machine-washable. Best for ages 3 and up.
4. A romantic carriage ride
Love is definitely the theme of this sweet Playmobil set. The City Life Wedding Carriage includes a couple and their carriage driver, plus horses and an open carriage to whisk the newlyweds off on a romantic adventure. Doves, a bouquet, a ring pillow, and rose bushes are among the detailed accessories—perfect for the romantically-inclined kiddo. Best for ages 4-9.
5. A classic Valentine craft set
Remember getting out the craft supplies to make class Valentine’s cards? Gift your artistically-inclined kids that classic experience with this craft bundle. They’ll go to town with stickers, gems, pom poms, and pipe cleaners. Best for ages 6 and up.
6. Tech treat
The new Glow smartwatch from VTech (which comes in pink, naturally) provides hours of entertainment with its games and apps. A virtual dragon pet, light-up look, and color-changing mood sensor are just a few of the fun features. Kids ages 4 and up can even take selfies and apply frames and filters. Beats a box of chocolates.
7. A unicorn to bedazzle
A child’s version of jewelry, your kiddo can go to town adding bling to this pink stuffed unicorn. The included wand tool holds over 200 “shimmers” that attach to the plushie’s fur (and your child’s hair, for better or worse). For ages 4 and up, the set contains a kids’ unicorn headband as well.
8. A sweet ride
It’s a big gift, but your kid is sure to get hours and hours of fun scooting around in a Micro Kickboard scooter. The Maxi is best for ages 5-12, while the Mini is for preschoolers. Get one in pink or red for extra Valentine’s fun—and we love the deluxe model, which features light-up wheels.
9. A cute surprise
If your little one loves Blume surprise dolls (the ones with hair that “grows” from flower pots), they’ll be into the new Baby Pop collectibles. Kids can “pop” three, four, or five tiny baby figurines out from under sprout tops in the latest Blume toy. Each package is a surprise, from the number of little babies to the nursery accessories (25 surprises in each set). Blume Baby Pop makes an adorable Valentine toy for your little sprout — best for kiddos ages 3 and up.
10. A bubble bath made just for them
Let your kids design the perfect bubble bath with Dabble and Dollop’s mixable bath set. The cute set includes three different soap scents, a mixing bowl, and recipe cards so that they can whip up a bath time scent that’s just to their liking. The soaps are shampoo, body wash, and bubble bath all in one, and they’re 100% natural and tear-free.
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