Parent Christmas Gifts from Students - Ideas?

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  1. yellowdaisies

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    In first grade, I always had the kids make an ornament with their picture on it for a parent Christmas present. I'm not sure what to do in fifth. Any ideas for good parent Christmas gifts, specifically with upper elementary kids?

    Thanks! :D
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    A thank-you letter with a picture, maybe?
     
  4. Mrs. K.

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    I still have a little flowerpot that my daughter made in elementary school. It has flowers made with her fingerprints dipped in paint.
     
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    Snowman made from a tube sock. I am doing this with my second graders.
     
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    One year I had them use glass paint and paint on small glass votive candle holders. We made a stained glass look because I found an inexpensive set of paints for that project. They looked beautiful. I've also had them make little mini Christmas trees with pieces of silk pine boughs cut into about 4 inch lengths. We potted them in tiny clay pots. So cute. Another easy one is to make 'trees' with popsicle sticks and decorate them with buttons. Just add a hanger and it's a cute ornament. I tried the little snow globes and it turned into a big mess because they leaked.
     
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    I trace my kids foot and paint it on a rug sample that is donated by a carpet store. Then dip their hands in black paint and make antlers. They use their fingers for eyes and thumb as a nose.
     
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    I found a calendar on TPT. Kids color it and it has a little writing prompt for each month. My sister works at a bank who has tons of office stuff for PR. I'm getting some magnetic clips for them so that parents can hang them on the fridge or whatever. I teach 3rd.

    This was the cheapest option for me, lol. The calendar was like $5 or real close and the clips are free. The kids have worked on it in their down time.

    Beth
     
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    A creative fold out picture book where the students share what is special about their parents. I have done this and the parents love it. The students also get some needed writing with it. There are some great ideas for book cover design ideas on pinterest.
     
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    Thanks for the ideas!

    I love this! What do you mean by a fold out picture book?
     
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    I'm looking for ideas, too...I was going to do an ornament out of popcicle sticks, but I honestly don't feel like going through the trouble of having them paint both sides, and glue it together. It seems like a lot of work...

    I'm looking for something that I wouldn't have to spend a penny on, and it has to be finished by this Friday. :(

    Edit: Right after I posted this, I found this idea, and I think I'm going to go with it: http://acupcakefortheteacher.blogspot.com/2012/12/snowman-ornaments.html

    I already have all of the materials, except for the ornaments and decorating shred, but I'm sure they are super cheap, especially this time of the year. I think they cute and simple.
     
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    Those snowman ornaments are adorable. I wonder how easy it is to get the shred into those small holes.
     
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    I'll find out in a few minutes here! I just bought all of the materials, and now I'm going to test one out before my students make them tomorrow. The description said that she used a pencil eraser to stuff the shred inside.

    The shred wasn't cheap, which stinks...I found 2 oz bags at Hobby Lobby for $2. I purchased 5, which I'm thinking will be more than enough, so I can save the rest for next year. The ornaments were really hard to find. I found them at Hobby Lobby, as well ($4.50 for a pack of 12). I bought glass, though, because the plastic ones were $1 each.

    If they turn out really well, I'll just look for clearance ornaments after the holidays, and save them for next year. ;)
     
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    Those are adorable! I would be interested to hear how those turn out!

    I ended up deciding on this: http://teachinginroom6.blogspot.com/2011/12/holiday-project-to-share.html

    They started the letters today and are doing a great job. It's really sweet to see how much they love making them for their families. I wouldn't do this with much younger than 5th though (maybe 4th) unless the letters were printed out instead of hand drawn - some of my kids had a HARD time drawing the letters!
     
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    We are also looking for some gifts.In my opinion I think parenting book is best for your kid...
     
  16. readingrules12

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    Might not be enough time, but I get a pack of 18" x 12" white construction paper (your school might have it otherwise your school supply store will have it.) I give one sheet to each student. I have them fold it in half (hot dog style) so it is 18" x 6" after they cut it along the fold. Now have them take the 1st 18" x 6" sheet and fold it in half and half again. Do the same with the second paper. Now you have 8 squares. Have them use a glue stick to paste the last page of the first sheet completely over the first square of the 2nd sheet. You now have 7 squares of which to write and create a book. Use the first page to glue to a "book cover" which is just a 6" x 8" rectangle of card stock or poster board. Have the poster board covered by a students drawing (or art work) that they create on a regular 8 1/2" x 11" inch copy paper. Wrap it around the poster board similar to the way you wrap a present. Make sure the student glues all sides to the poster board. Repeat for the back cover.

    This is how I do it, but you might have a different way that might be simpler or fancier.

    Have fun with this. :)
     
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    They were REALLY easy and only took about 30 minutes to make. Of course, I had to hot glue the pipe cleaners and pom poms on, and that took about an hour of my own time.

    I love the idea you came up with, too!
     
  18. Upsadaisy

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    Thanks for the feedback, DrivingPigeon. I'm glad the project worked for you. They are adorable.

    I made those filled-in letters for back-to-school night several years, yellowdaisies, and put a photo next to each one on a bulletin board. They turned out great. It was with 5th graders.
     

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