Monday, December 3, 2012

Parent Gift Ideas {freebie}

Hello Friends! How were your Mondays? Mine flew by, and I have an even busier night ahead of me.

Today's is my daddio's birthday, and in honor of his special day,  I thought I would take some time to share with you what my kiddos are doing doing for their parents this year for their parent gift in my class.

This is my sixth year of teaching, and I finally found an idea worth repeating last year.  Thank goodness for Pinterest. Am I right?

This is the ornament we made last year inspired by a post I read on eighteen25

As you can see, some came out a little bit off kilter but most were adorable! The parents and kids loved them!

Instead of using little canvases, we used trading card sized canvas paper, which was much cheaper since I need enough canvases for 25 kiddos. 

I got mine last year at my local teacher store, but you can also find them on Amazon.  They are Strathmore Artist Trading Cards 2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in. 300 series Canvas paper Pack 10 cards I used just basic acrylic paints, and we painted the background and snow at the bottom of the ornaments one morning and did the fingerprint snowmen and details the next.  I punched a hole in the top and attached a string, and that was it! 

The parents in my class loved these, and I loved how less fragile they were than the glass ornaments of this idea that I had seen. :) 

Once the ornaments were dry, we placed them in our gift bags, which we made of various sized rectangles. 
I have uploaded the templates for this bag to Google Drive.  Please click {here} to download your own copy!  I did make the To/From tag a tad smaller, so everything should fit on the bag now! :) 

Before I go, I just wanted to let you know that I thought of the coolest container for Jingle Jangle, this month's fry phrase game! I put the cards in a large stocking! The kids LOVED it!

If you'd like to check out this fun way to practice oral reading fluency and sight words for the upper graders, please check it out {here}

Have a great night friends! :) What are you planning on doing for your students' parent gifts?

I linked this post up to my sweet friend Tara's Made It December! I can't wait to see everyone's craftiness! :)  Pinterest has turned me into a bit of a crafter. :) 



  1. Oh come on up to my Monday Made It linky! This is perfect!!!

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  2. What a cute project! I like that it is made with the trading card instead of the glass ornament. Smart!!

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