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Tylana 11-21-2008 08:24 AM

Christmas Gifts for Parents
 
I know this has been posted in the past. But, I want something very special for gifts for parents this year. So, I am asking you to share the project that you have chosen to do this year. Last year we made snowman jar lamps but we have a few retained students and I really want to do something different this time. Please help! Thanks!

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missd 11-21-2008 03:05 PM

parent gifts
 
Last year I bought unfinished wooden sleighs at the local craft store. I had my students paint them and then we filled them with Hershey Hugs and Kisses. We attached a card saying "Santa's sleigh is full of hugs and kisses for you this year." (I actually think I may have gotten the idea from PT.) It went over very well and I plan to do it again this year. Before sending them home I wrapped them with cellophane and tied ribbon around the top. It made them look even better than they already did.

whtdaisies 11-21-2008 05:24 PM

missd
 
That's a really cute idea! But, how much did you have to spend and how long did it take to finish the sleighs?

Thanks!

connorsmom020 11-21-2008 06:19 PM

Poems
 
We have teacher who has taught 3rd grade forever. She always has the kids write an acrostic poem using their name and asks the parents to send in a document frame. The kids type the poems and print them on pretty paper. Last year, I added a picture of the kiddo to it.

I was going to break tradition and not do it this year. However, a student told me her mom has a spot next to her brother's that he did 4 years ago so she can hang up this child's. SO I'm doing it again.:)

paco61 11-22-2008 12:01 AM

This year I am going to do what I did a few years back. I had the students paint a beautiful Christmas or Winter scene, autograph it, and we framed it. I found 8 x 10 frames at the dollar store and sprayed glitter around the edges. We loved them!

Kat's Mom 11-22-2008 07:21 AM

snowman candy jars
 
I collect the #3 size baby food jars. I buy white styrofoam balls from Walmart. We make snowman faces w/ permanent markers. On the snowman's head, we use baby and toddler socks ( I ask for old ones from the class) to stretch over the ball, cut off the toe, and tie with a scrap of ribbon to make a cute ski hat. We hot glue the heads to the baby food jar lids and then glue a felt scarf around the area between the head and jar lid. I ask the parents to send in bags of shiny wrapped holiday candy, and we fill the jars with that candy. They are quite cute.

2ndcareer 11-22-2008 07:35 AM

ornaments
 
I have made snowflake ornaments for the past few years and they are simple and pretty.

Using sparkly pipecleaners (cut in half) we attach and bend them to create a snowflake pattern. On each individual branch of the flake, we hot-glue 3 beads. In the center of the snowflake, we hot glue a small picture of the child. Use gold elastic thread for the "hanger." Voila! Done!

theteach123 11-22-2008 08:04 AM

I loved this!
 
I bought glass ornaments and had the kids use acryllic paints to decorate the inside. They got to choose three colors and I squirted each color going to each side of the ornament. After all 3 colors have squirted in the glass ornament, I then turned the ornament over to let the paint drain out. When it was done, the ornaments looked amazing. We wrapped it up. I got rave reviews on this project. I bought my ornaments a few weeks ago and we are getting ready to do this again :)

Tea"cheer" 11-22-2008 08:08 AM

Ornaments
 
I've always wanted to do either the hand snowmen or swirly painted ornaments, but worry about how they will make it home without students in tears because theirs gets broken on the bus or walk home. How have you all prevented that? I teach first graders and I am just not sure they could handle the transporting of a breakable item!

theteach123 11-22-2008 09:06 AM

This has worked!
 
I make a few extras just in case of the "drop" factor. I had one student drop theirs and it broke. I had extra so their were no tears or worries. I also wrap them in bubble wrap to help prevent any from breaking. :)

play4heat 11-22-2008 08:05 PM

calendars
 
I always make calendars. It is great because if students don't celebrate Xmas or any holiday it is still terrific. I send a note home asking for special dates(b'days, anniv. etc.) of family members.
Then we do a month by month calendar. We decorate eah month and add dates of special holidays and thier special dates. When all 12 are done we get a larger piece of poster board and mound them all with brads. They decorate the bottom of the poster board. I put a hole at the top and some string or yarn for hanging purposes. It's terrific, homemade, personal, and it teaches them all about calendars which they need. i've been doing it for years. Oops I also put their picture on the bottom of the poster board.:)

peaceteacher 11-24-2008 07:32 PM

Christmas Gifts
 
This year I decided to order canvases from Blick Art 9 x 12. We are doing a unit on peace. Then learning about Picasso. The kids are going to write peace poetry (for their cards) and paint their picasso replicas on canvas. They are simple beautiful pictures such as Picasso's Peace Doves, and Petit Fleurs. Hopefully they will turn out and the parents will really enjoy their hard work!

Tylana 11-25-2008 06:48 AM

Thanks so much!!!!
 
Wow! I always knew we had creative people on PT but these are great! I don't know how I will decide but I sure do appreciate all the ideas.<!--lovestruck-->


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