End of School Year Teacher + Classmates Gifts

End of School Year Teacher + Classmates Gifts

As another school year comes to a close – this week to be exact, one thing we like to do is think of our teachers and classmates. The children spend so much time with these amazing beings we are so fortunate to call teachers that it’s nice to give them a little something in form of a gift. Also, their classmates, the children that have sat with them for hours and days on end, sat in class with them while they felt at times sick, sad, happy, they laughed and learned together. They comforted each other the very first days of school and now all have the hard task of saying goodbye. So, here are a  few things I put together for my little one’s teachers and classmates. I like to give thoughtful yet useful gifts – an easy DIY and not to mention affordable!

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Here’s what I found at my local craft store, it was all affordable and I was able to use online coupons before check out.

For the teachers: I used ‘Thank you’ cards to write a message for each one – you can find packs of 8 in most craft stores, I got a large pack of gift bags, gift tag stickers, mugs with the teachers initial, I also alternated with some teachers receiving a pack of pencils or a pack of rose gold paper clips and lastly a few Lindt Lindor chocolates I got at the grocery store. I placed everything in the gift bag with tissue paper – and again, these items were on clearance and I was able to use an online coupon at checkout.

For the students: I like to give all my children’s classmates the same thing – it helps keep me sane! I separate it all and label with each of the classrooms so that in the morning there is no confusion and each can take their own things to school. So, I initially couldn’t find the ‘giant’ sized Pixy Stix anywhere and with not enough time to order online, my last attempt paid off. I checked online at my local party store and they had the ‘giant’ sized Pixy Stix – not only did they have the quantity I needed but they had store pick-up available. Once I had that, I used copy paper to print ‘labels’ for each Stix however you can also use card stock. I printed sets according to each one of the kids class count, they read “Have a sweet Summer! Your Friend (name).” I was able to fit six ‘labels’ in one sheet of copy paper, using a paper trimmer I cut all to size – you can cut multiple sheets at a time and with an X-Acto Knife  created two horizontal slits and then placed the Pixy Stix straw through. And we were done!

Happy Monday!

A-

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Animal made from recycled materials project

Our weekend included completing a science project – making an animal made from recycled materials. This was for one of my boys science class, he requested we make an alligator. So, in the course of a couple of days I gathered a few materials, an egg carton, toilet paper cartons, baby cereal container, water bottle, green construction paper, googly eyes, white, red and green paint.
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 Considering this project included many helping hands, doing many parts at one time, I’d say they did a phenomenal job with this little guy.

As tired as this mama has been for the last couple days, I have to give a quick thank you to our go-to family friend for giving us a helping hand, we heart you.

Hope you had a great weekend.

A-

Easter Basket Favorites

Easter Basket Favorites

With Easter around the corner it can only mean Easter basket preparations are in full gear. We have begun preparing for our families Easter Egg Hunt where we include candy and a few small things such as small cars. It’s done Sunday afternoon, the day after we attend church and a day our little ones look forward to each year.

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So, in the spirit of this upcoming Easter, I wanted to share a few amazing finds!

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 1 – Rose Gold Basket   2 – Gray Bunny

3 – Guess How Much I Love You Book

4 – Bunny Baby Girl Shoes

5 –  Bunny Toddler Girl Shoes 

6 –  Carrot Baby Rattle

7 – Glitter Headband

8 – Kids Bunny Thermos 

9 – Peter Rabbit Kids Plate

How amazing is this Rose Gold Basket ?!  Keep in mind, these will not be the one used for the Easter Egg Hunt – they use cartoon baskets we have recycled and re-use each year. As I prepare the baskets, I try to get things the kids not only need but will also enjoy receiving. You can also include things like pacifiers, hair bows for the girls, bubbles for the boys, Easter themed stickers and crayons – because you can never have enough of those, place some Easter Grass at the bottom of the basket and you’re done!

Happy Weekend!

-Ana

School Valentine’s Day Shoe Box Project

We all know what February is all about. We know when we go to the stores, say a grocery store or party store that we expect to see shelves of fully stocked chocolates, flowers and hearts. Lots and lots of hearts. But as any parent or guardian of schoolchildren knows, February is a call for the Valentine’s Day shoe box project. Not familiar with this? This is when your child will decorate or create what will be the child’s Valentine’s Day mailbox. The child takes this fully decorated mailbox to school in hopes that it will be filled with animated Valentine’s Day exchange paper cards that have candy attached to them. Because let’s face it, there aren’t enough holidays or birthdays in the year to satisfy a child’s sweet tooth. I personally do enjoy these types of projects because they don’t require too much out of me. This requiring any strenuous physical activity is as close to a zero as they come.

My older son loves Minecraft at the moment and requested the Minecraft TNT Block and my younger son is really loving Super Mario Brothers and asked for Luigi. Naturally I tried talking them both into doing Mario and Luigi but as expected, I quickly got turned down. I tried!

So for this project usually you’ll find me going through my closet in a desperate attempt to find shoe boxes that we “may have lying around.” Not this year! As I searched Target’s website for something we “needed” at home I came across this marvelous pre-assembled Valentine’s Day shoe box or mailbox. They appeared to have them in several different colors and for $3 dollars! I may or may not have heard angels singing, because the dreaded search for shoe boxes was finally laid to rest.

Our do-it-yourself Minecraft TNT Block…

And our do-it-yourself Luigi from Super Mario Bros.

Hope you enjoyed these projects as much as we did making them!

-Ana

 

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