Family Holiday Gifts

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    I want to have my kids make a gift for their families. What gifts have you made in the past that have been relatively simple and really successful?
     
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    We are going to make ornaments with their pictures. Craft stores sell foam kits. I got oam wreaths they will decorate and then their picture gets glued behind it.
     
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    I'm interested as well as I'm SUPER uncrafty. :D
     
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    This is my first year and the teachers I work with make a really cute ornament. They take a blue (or other color) ball ornament, paint one of their kid's hands white and have them grab the ball. When the paint has dried, they paint button eyes, a carrot nose and buttons on each finger, and it makes 5 little snowmen. If I find a link for this I will post it...
     
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    I love the ornament! It seems like it is relatively simple, and I'm sure parents would love it. Plus, we did hand prints the first day of school, and a hand print turkey, so it keeps with the hand print theme :)
     
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    I did those "cookies in a jar" things last year with my 4's for their parents, and they were a huge hit. The kids measure out the different ingredients (all the dry stuff you need to make cookies, I used M&M cookies) and layer them in a mason jar. We attached directions to the jar with ribbon. They decorated a bag to wrap it up and took them home. It gave them something they could do with their parents over break... and measuring is a great math activity!!! :)
     
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    I do the snowman hand ornaments, too. They are super easy and way less work than they look like! Here's another picture: http://www.littlegiraffes.com/snowmanornam.gif

    We attach a ribbon to the top, along with this poem:
    These aren’t just 5 snowmen,
    As anyone can see.
    I made them with my hand,
    Which is a part of me.
    Now each year when you trim the tree,
    You’ll look back and recall
    Christmas of 2008
    When my hand was just this small!

    You need to use acrylic paint (NOT tempera) and ornaments with a matte finish-not glossy. I'm sure it would work either way, but we have found that matte works better (less slippery!).
     
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    I like your pics...did you draw the eyes and scarves and such? Or is this something you let your children do? What did you use for the details...pens or thin paintbrush?!
     
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    I've done the same thing, but on baby food jars and put a tealight inside. We also used clear glitter paint and painted over the entire jar to give it some sparkle!
     
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    using pictures is always a big hit with parents.
    And really, anything your students do are perfect. I sill have all my kid's personal Christmas projects; it's fun to look at them and remember the wonderful times.

    There's another thread here about Christmas gifts for parents...do a search and you can read more ideas.
     
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    I always subscribe to the K.I.S.S. philosophy - Keep it Simple Silly :) Here are some holiday gift ideas I have used successfully with my classes in the past.
     
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    Thanks, but they aren't actually my pictures. I just found it online. :)

    When I do it, I let the kids draw their own scarves, eyes, hats, etc. I use regular sharpie markers in different colors.
     
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    Sharpies! Duh! Why didn't I think of that?!:) Thanks.
     

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