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Old 10-14-2008, 04:11 PM
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Parent Christmas Gifts

I know Christmas is a few months away, but I'd like to start thinking of ideas now for a parent gift so that we're not doing it the week before Christmas (yes, this has happened in the past!!!). Does anyone know what they are doing yet or have any ideas?
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Old 10-16-2008, 02:39 PM
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I love making the handprint snowman ornament from Little Giraffes.
http://www.littlegiraffes.com/snowmanornam.gif
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Old 10-16-2008, 03:14 PM
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I always make a calendar. And not the really cute, involved one where you do an art project for each month.

I print out a 12- month calendar from Microsoft Word. I usually add on there holidays, students' birthdays, last day of school, etc. I staple it to a piece of poster board cut to size, but leave room above the calendar to glue on a picture that the students draw of their families. So, basically, it's a wall calendar with a picture of their family at the top and then tear-off calendar pages at the bottom. I add one of those little tiny pictures we get of each student from the photography company and "Kindergarten 08-09" or something like that.

I also have the students make their own wrapping paper.
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:43 PM
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We also make a calendar, from the whole class. I print out a microsoft calendar, pretty plain. Then, I make sure that each child has a part of drawing a seasonal picture and I use those for the "top," the picture part. I always have some great artists, and some that barely scribble. So, a good "drawer" would make the snowmen on the January page, and a not-so-good one would make the "snowflakes," which usually look like dots. I have each kids sign their work, and we give it a title, which I type out and paste onto the page. We copy it, bind it on a spiral binder, and then the kids decorate the "cover" for their own parents.

I've gotten rave reviews, and it's easy and cheap. All I have to buy are the bindings.

Kim
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:56 PM
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I love making the handprint snowman ornament from Little Giraffes.
http://www.littlegiraffes.com/snowmanornam.gif

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Old 10-17-2008, 03:23 PM
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I do the handprint calendar from little giraffes. I LOVE it and the parents RAVE about it. It does take time and patience to make it but it is worth it in the end!
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:26 PM
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I'm also doing the handprint calendar. It's a bit late to start now, but if you start close to the beginning of the school year and just do one month page a week, it's not bad. You could start now, but you'd have to double up and maybe do two a week. It is super cute, though!
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:29 PM
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Collect a recipe from each student and make a classroom recipe booklet.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:37 AM
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I make a Christmas wreath with the child's hands.
1. I buy cheap white or cream fabric.
2. Trace a circle on the fabric with a light pencil.
3. Dip the child's hand in green paint and "stamp it" around in a circle.
4. After the paint dries, use red paint and dip your finger tip to add the red berries.
5. I give student's a piece of paper to decorate, then we wrap the present inside of their homemade wrapping paper.
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Old 10-18-2008, 03:04 PM
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I love making the handprint snowman ornament from Little Giraffes.
http://www.littlegiraffes.com/snowmanornam.gif
I love this idea! I have a question for the teachers who have done it-I see that you'd have to help the kids with the hand print, but can they paint the details on the snowmen by themselves? It seems pretty small for them to be able to do on their own.
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