any parent christmas gift ideas..not an ornament

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  1. rosew

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    We have already done two ornaments and now need to come up with a parent gift from the preschooler..looking for something cute thats not an ornament..any ideas

    rose
     
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    I haave a couple of ones I've done in the past that I can share;

    1) I ordered some small wooden trays from oriental trading, they were like 10 bucks for 12 or something like that. anyway, I let the kids paint them with regualr tempra paint and then sprinkle glitter on all over it. I took their picture and got them developed in 3.5 x 5 size at walmart and then laminated the photos. After that I glued them to the bottom of the tray and then spray shallaced the whole thing. I bouth a bag of hery kisses and a bag of hershey hugs and let each child sort out like 10 or 20 of each. They put them in the tray and we wrapped them and put a little card that I made up on my computer that said something cute about them giving mom and dad hugs and kisses for christams this year.

    2) I went to the jewlery departments and stores and asked them for their empty ring boxes (the white cardboard ones) and they gave them to me for free. I let the children decoupage them with with tissue paper and then I took their pictures. I printed them up as contact prints (a bit bigger than locket but you can do what ever size that fits in the box you have.) I let the kids take turns with my heart shaped hole punch and they punched out hearts of different colors . I glued their picture inside the box on the bottom and they sprinkled the hearts in there, then we put the cover on and tied it with a ribbon of their choice. I found a poem that goes with it (I can't remember the whole thing right now but I could look it up for you) that talks about it's a very special gift for you, but you must keep it tied. When ever you feel lonely, hold it close, it's filled with love inside . . something like that. Then i bought the small white gift bags form Walmarts craft department (10 for 4.99 for the larger ones) and let the kids sponge stamp them to decorate them. by putting the picture inside, if the parent should open it, it really is filled with "love"---

    3)I bought wooden block picture holders from oriental trading (less than 15 for 12) , I let the kids paint them however they wanted and then I took their picture and had it developed at walmart and stuck it in the holder (black wire shape sticking out of the top of the block) and agian let the children decorate gift bags

    4) mini french memo boards. I bought the corkboard squares and took in a bucnch of christmasy print fabric i had and let them choose what fabric they wanted. I precut quilt batting and they glued it onto the cork square. Then I let them help me staple the fabric on (they put their hands on top of mine and helped me push down on the stapler). They got to pick the ribbon and the felt that I put on the back and then they made wrapping paper to wrap it in. It didn't end up costing me very uch to do this project becasue i had a bunch of fabric and ribbon at home from various projects. Again I took their picture and put it in the center of the memo board and glued a magnetic strip to the back so parents could hang it on the fridge or file cabinet or whatever
     
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    This year we bought Nesting Dolls from Discount, the children talk about the Russian dolls so it fits in (plus counts as a math manip to go home-seriation). There were less than $1/child

    We have had cookies mix in a jar.

    One of my favs was a pretty box w/ a gingerbread cookie to represent each member of the family so that could be dog, girl, boy, mom, dad, grandpa-or just mom, boy.....what ever. That lead to a great lesson in graphing. Great. Kids helped make cookies and then the helped pack and all.
     
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    I like the cookie mix in a jar. The dollar store has plastic Christmas jars with lids. We used M and M's instead of chocolate chips, and it was very nice. Remember to buy extra M and M's for the munchies.

    One of my favorite ones is a hot pad/trivet sort of thing. I got plan white ceramic tiles (if you are lucky, you can find them at Goodwill). I bought special marking pens that work on tile, won't wash out, so be careful. I let the kids decorate them--we used stencils. Then we glued "feet" on them--I got them at the craft store.
     
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    We painted the children's hands to be Santa and printed them on a square of burlap. We will mount ours on cardstock, but you could also put an embroidery hoop around each one. We include their name and year.
     
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    :spitwater:
    blue, i tried that once, but clearly didn't get the right tiles or pens. Could you be painfully explicit as to WHICH things to buy-perhaps i can redeem myself someday.
     
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    Well, I just picked up some ceramic bathroom tiles at Goodwill. I did spend a lot on some marking pens that where guaenteed to work on tile. It has been a long time, but I would go to Home Depot and check it out. This is a great project, as it is something that the parents can really use.
     
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    The handprint calendar from Little Giraffes. Time consuming (I'm working on them now) but they come out soooo cute and it's practical.
     
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    One of the things I've done for the last 3 years is have the kids make a calendar for their parents. They paint the scene that goes on top with water colors. I then laminate it, and staple a created calendar to the bottom. We wrap them and take them home the last day before winter break.
     
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    i made a dvd imovie slideshow of all the photos i've taken of the kids this year. i hope to have enough time to burn one for each family before christmas.
     
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    the pens were at Home Depot?
     
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    You could use the paint that you bake on. I've bought it at the craft store before. I can't remember the name, but it was with the acrylics, and I think enamel was part of the name.
     
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    There were some gifts at these giftmedias website cool kind of gifts.I really like it.I got one christmas gift for my mom!!!
     
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    Thanks. :blush:

    I did a project like the tiles before-but I didn't do it right. the paint peeled right back off. the kids were sooo mad. the parents laughed.:lol::lol:

    How embarrassing.:eek:
     
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    Hi, I have the parents send in light colored shirts that fit them. I then dip the child's foot in fabric paint and stamp it on the shirt and then dip their two hands in lighter paint and stamp them to make a reindeer head and antlers. Add some eyes and a red nose. So Cute. Found that idea somewhere on the net a few years ago.
     
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    I have a question about decoupage....what is it? LOL I hate crafts, why do I teach pre-k???? Can I use pieces of wrapping paper and they brush glue over the pieces? Or is there special stuff that you have to use? Thanks!
     
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    I can't remember where I got the pens to paint on the tiles, and it was so long ago, before Michael's etc., that I suspect I got them at a craft store or Payless. I would assume there are more out there. They were not cheap!!! They looked like jumbo markers. Good luck.
     
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    My son and daughter both had the same 2nd grade teacher whol loves Christmas. Here's one of her crafts.

    Each child needs a wire coat hanger and a box or two of baggies (the fold-over kind.) Each also needs a large plastic or silk pointsettia blossom.

    Mold the hangar into a circle. Then have the kids tie each bag in a knot around the hangar. When the wreath is full, hot glue the flower near the top.

    They really come out incredibly pretty!!
     
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    You can decoupage anything onto anything. You could use wrapping paper, or napkins or tissue or anything. You brush on Modpodge (or diluted white glue) to the item, then add the paper, then cover it w/the glue mix and let dry. I usually add extra top layers of the mix.
     
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    This is a great idea, WaProvider. Are you talking about discountschoolsupply.com website?
     
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    LOVE LOVE LOVE the ring box idea. I haven't read the rest of this post which I will do in a minute, but do you have the poem that goes with it? I think that idea is adorable!
     
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    We made snow globes one year for the children to give to their parents. We used baby food jars, miniature ornaments, and glitter, then hot glued the lids on.
     
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    yes, they are in the section of wooden items to paint. I think there were $1 or $2 a piece. The children have nesting dolls to play with during our Nutcracker/North Eastern Europe themed Pre Christmas time (it would called a theme-but we don't really have themes). So the children are familiar with the item, and the parents are too. They adore them!!! There is no tiny, tiny one in the middle-they think this is so that they don't eat it when they get home!! funny
     
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    Another cute thing is to get the white tiles (the kind on a shower wall and they have them at Home Depot for 19 cents). Then,

    **Paint the child's non dominant hand with regular green paint, I guess that is tempera paint.
    **Have them put their entire hand on the tile making a green hand print. This represents holly.
    **Then, let them dip their pointer finger of their dominant hand in red paint and put a holly berry on the tip of each finger on the tile or three at the bend of the pointer and thumb. You can do however you or the child wants.

    Use a colored sharpie or paint pen to write "Happy Holidays" or whatever your message is. Seal with spray clear coat when paint is dry. It's really just for show but so cute.
     
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    The shower tiles are the ones we are referring to.

    Wa, last week my daughter bought one of those paint the piggy bank sets from Lakeshore. (We have a store close to my house, but I dare not set foot in it!) Anyway, the piggy bank came with a set of marking pens to use. They dried and were permanent after one minute. You might find some of those pens at Lakeshore--they really smell bad.
     
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    Thanks soooooo much. I think I may be able to do these projects some day!!! Thanks for the help on the tiles. Horray!!!:woot:
     
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    Alice, the poinsetta idea sounds great, I am going to try it.
     
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    This a cute idea one of my teachers is doing. She got the idea from an old Family Fun magazine. She told the parents to send small broken or used toys from the bottom of the toy box - things the kids had played with. Puzzle pieces, barbie shoes, legos, crayons, broken game pieces, hair clips etc. She hot glued an 8 inch (i think) styrephome cone to a circle of cardboard and then to a plastic bowl. She had the children pick out items to hand to her and she talked with them about each item. She hot glued them to the tree and then glued mardis gras beads all around for the garland and a star eraser to the top. She spray painted each tree gold or silver. This made a great tree of memories.
     
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    I have been using the handprint calendar from littlegiraffes. I wrote a poem several years ago to go at the beginning of the calendar and they so kindly put it on the website. My parents love it!!!
     
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    i o sooooo :love: the ring box idea do you have the poem wanna do it bad lol:thanks:
     
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    i think i found it i think :confused: hoping

    Dear Mom/Dad,

    This is a very special gift
    That you can never see.
    The reason it's so special
    Is, it's just for you from me.
    Whenever you are lonely
    Or even feeling blue,
    You only have to hold this gift
    And know I think of you.
    You never can unwrap it
    Please leave the ribbon tied,
    Just hold the box next to your heart
    It's filled with love inside.

    :woot:
     
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    I take a class picture in front of our Christmas tree, usually with some sort of head gear (this year we're making reindeer hats). I take the picture to CVS and put borders/write on it--that part is free. Each parent gets a pic, I've done it for the past 4 years, and they cherish those pictures!

    It usually costs around 12 bucks (enough for 22 kids, my para, my BFF, and me) and I just pop them in Christmas cards.
     
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    I know you won't like my idea, but will tell you what we are doing this year.We're making cinnamon/applesauce ornaments, tied with red ribbon when they're dry. They smell wonderful forever and the shapes we used this year are bells and trees. The kids did ALL the work, so it's nice to say that to the parents that "I" didn't have any part in the making. They are strictly kid-made and parents like that way better than something teachers do most of.
     
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    I am doing those this year too....They smell AMAZING!!:D
     

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