Bear Hugs - sweet printable DIY kids valentine - classroom valentine #valentinesday

I’m hoping to take the pressure off of Valentine’s Day with this adorable free printable classroom valentine—no craftiness required! Your kids (and their friends!) will love them. Score one for mom.

Somewhere along the line, mothers of school-aged kids decided that cheapie paper valentines from the drugstore are not good enough for their babies. I’m not sure why or how, but it sort of ruined things for the rest of us.

Now I feel like I have to come up with something inventive and homemade or I’m a failure of a mother. Plus, I’ll have to listen to things like “Look what Emma’s mom made.” Can you hear the disappointment at my failures dripping from her little voice already?

So I took the bull by its stupid horns and came up with an idea of my own—and I turned it into something super easy for other moms to run with. All you need is a printer and maybe (maybe) some sort of bear-shaped treat. Take that, Emma’s mom.

Unbearably adorable printable valentines (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

Bear Hugs - printable DIY kids valentine - classroom valentine #valentinesday #freeprintable
I designed a few of these cute little bear cards that say:

  • Bear hugs are the best hugs!
  • You’re the beary best!
  • I’m beary glad we’re friends!

Each one is available in either pink (with a bow!) or blue (without a bow). All you have to do is enter your email address below and the printable file will be delivered directly to your inbox. Easy peasy!

Use the printable valentines on their own or add your own twist like I did!

Once you download the cards and print them out (I suggest using white cardstock so that they’re nice and sturdy), dressing them up a little is pretty simple. I thought passing out some chocolate Teddy Grahams to match the bear message would be cute and a little bit different from all of the candy the kids are sure to get. My divalicious six-year-old, however, totally disagreed. She thinks rainbow-colored gummy bears would be a much better idea. Needless to say, we experimented with both to keep my boss lady happy.

The treat bags I used were really tall and made a handful of goodies look a little pitiful. Instead of adding more treats, I trimmed the bags to a more manageable size.

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Don’t forget to let the kids have fun with them!

The final version will most likely be sprinkled with stickers and glitter glue with hand-drawn hearts and a few special messages on the back. Pinterest worthy? Not quite. But that’s ok.

I think moms tend to forget that these little projects are actually for the kids. While it would be nice to send in perfect little packages to show Emma’s mom who’s boss, it’s more important to let my girl get that same little burst of pride when she’s satisfied with how her hard work came out.

I’ll make sure to come back and post photos of her final masterpieces to give a little real-life perspective. And if you end up using these with your kids, I would love to see what your kids do with them! Tag me on Instagram @cuddlesandchaos or email them to me at and I might repost them or include them in my newsletter.

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.