Around the Polka Dot Household we don’t buy into the whole Valentine’s Day thing… I just can’t get beyond the consumerism. Besides my husband gives me flowers every couple of months for no reason at all… why wait for V-Day?
That said, the kiddos do have Valentine’s celebrations at school and enjoy giving (and receiving) notes and sweet treats.
Here’s a better way to do it! The Fair Trade Valentine’s Day Action Kit. This kit includes: A box of individually wrapped fair trade chocolates (your choice of dark or milk), a bundle of 12 Valentine Greetings which feature a train and the saying, “On Valentines Day there’s nothing so sweet…as giving loved Ones Fair Trade chocolate to eat ” and facts about cocoa. Also included in the kit is An Amore/Love Papel Picado banner (perfect for the classroom party!), and An I Love Fair Trade Iron On, compliments of Transfair USA. The kit comes packaged in a recycled (red) Kraft handled bag and runs $17.00. (Read more about Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Chocolate Campaign.)
- Homemade dough colored red and cut into hearts, wrapped up in oil cloth or placed in recycled (decorated) tubs.
- Simple hearts cut from artwork or scraps of construction paper, with a message written on them and a Fruitabu fruit leather attached.
- Seed packets inside a homemade card.
- A spring bulb inside a tiny clay pot which has been handpainted by the kids or wrapped in fabric with a note attached.
- A heart shaped cookie cutter with a recipe attached.
- Recycled crayons in heart shapes (we used red, pink and purple).
- Fruit trees. (Okay, maybe not for the classroom, but I know my Hubby would love a Fuji apple tree).
If your child gives candy with their Valentine’s keep it natural and fair trade! There are several options available at most natural food stores and online.