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Christmas gifts for 4/5/6th graders...
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I teach special ed and I am trying to think of a gift idea to give my students.

I only have 12 kids, but I still don’t want to break the bank.

What are all of you doing for gifts?


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Is there a gift you could get for the classroom? Maybe a box of Magna Tiles or Legos? You could make a game out of guessing what it is or open it and then spend the afternoon doing STEM activities....
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I love that idea!!!!

What game do you think is the best for special ed, mild cognitive delay, Grade 4/5/6?
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Cost!
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Yikes, I just checked Magna tiles on Amazon.ca and they are really expensive!
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My students are moderately to severely disabled. I usually just give a small stuffed toy. This year I am subbing in my old classroom. The room parent has already invited me back for the party (I'll be done before break), so I'll take something small like a stuffed toy to each of the students. I know what animals they like, so I can personalize them that way. My students are grades 3-5.
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For games...look at Headbands (and be ready to laugh) or Apples to Apples. Battleship is always popular. My kids love "Goggles" and Spot it. Yahtzee. Kids don't play enough games anymore.

What about the gift of time and having a pizza and a movie they pick out. You could supply the hot chocolate.

If they each bring in 2 yards of fleece fabric, you could make those blankets you tie together...


Check your thrift store for legos or the magna tiles. You can rewrap them in a nice basket you will keep in the classroom.

What a kind teacher you are!
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Every year I've had the students tell me one nice thing about the other students. I take those adjectives and make a word cloud. I print them and frame them. Costs me a dollar a kid and they love it!
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I usually do a candy cane and a homework pass, but this year I’m doing a candy cane and making a scratch “lottery” ticket with different prizes (change Dojo avatar, sit next to a friend, extra computer time, etc).

I refuse to spend a ton of money on Christmas presents.
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I’d make something not buy it. Maybe you could make it together. A special craft or food.
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I love the lottery ticket idea!
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How do you make a scratch off?


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I have seen a few cute poems/recipes for snowman soup using hot chocolate, candy cane and marshmallows...what do you all think of this?
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We make sock snowmen
Old 12-02-2017, 06:23 PM
 
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My kids DSs made these in elementary school and I still have them.

I got crew socks from the dollar store. I have them stuff the socks with filling, then tie a ribbon around the middle. Then I put a rubber band on top and fold the top part down and that's the hat. I'll look for a YouTube video. Anyway, they use markers to make the face and buttons and hat. They can keep it or give as a gift. I get the little cellophane goodie bags for them to put them into. They love them!

These are similar to the ones I make.
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Jenga!
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Buy the Jenga game to play or rainy days or whenever. One of the versions comes in a sturdy orange tube that makes a lasting storage container.

It has 54 wood blocks. You can write something on each of the blocks for added fun. You could make it educational like math facts they have to answer while playing Jenga or just inspirational comments like, " Do something to get smarter every day." or "THINK" or "Don't give up!"
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Make "snowballs" out of rolled up pairs of socks. Make as many as you can. Then have a "snowball" fight. You will need to find a place where you can buy white socks in bulk.

When they are very very good and need a brain break get out the "snowballs".

Here is pretty good deal.

https://www.amazon.com/Pairs-Womens-...+socks+in+bulk
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