Sand pails..what to do with them??

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  1. paige407

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    I purchased sand pails at the dollar store (one for each student). Wondering if anyone has any cute ideas on either how the kids could decorate them, or perhaps a way to incorporate them into a year-end gift to the kids. Thanks so much!
     
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    Sounds like a great anchor present/basket item.

    A few sand type toys, a book (perhaps about sand or parks).
     
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    You could get the students to sign each other's pail and then put their end of the year presents in it.
     
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    Write the name of your preschool on it too.
     
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    OH!!!! Letter stickers or somekind of Vista print sticker of your school!!! Great advertizing!!! And I agree---summer present holder.
     
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    Thank you so much! I love all of the ideas. I already have a book for each of them about going to kindergarten ~ so, I can add that. I am sure I can find some inexpensive summer fun items as well (back to the Dollar Tree I go). I like the idea of the kids writing their names on it (I just hope I can keep them from the BIG writing). I will definitely add our school name/logo..we need to get the enrollment up!!
     
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    How about the title We Had Buckets of Fun This Year! It would be cute (if you could) to put some gummy worms in!
     
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    i see snack that day as the dirt cup idea but updated for sand.

    crumble up the tan grahm crackers, cover a serving of pudding (but I use yogurt) add a drink umbrella and perhaps a rectangle of fruit rollup or remaining g cracker.

    cute!!
     
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    how about putting some inexpensive items in it that they can use over the summer at home to keep up with their skills--maybe crayons, markers, pad of paper, pencil, water color paints etc?
     
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    I buy pails every year for my student's end-of-year gift. I write their name on the "front" with a Sharpie using "dot writing" and then stick some shiny summer stickers around it.

    Here are a few things I put in it:
    *I put a letter to the parent in the front with LOTS of suggestions attached (i.e. setting up a small "school" area (or box) at home for the summer, making a writing box, art box, etc.)
    *I print off "game boards" from the internet and copy on cardstock. (www.theschoolbell.com is a good one.)
    *I paint one side of lima beans and count out 50 in a sandwich bag for each child.
    *I print out directions to games for the parents to play with the child over the summer.
    *I put in a bag or box of crayons.
    *I put in several pipe cleaners (or whatever they're called now.)
    *I'm not usually a "worksheet" kind of teacher, but I collect lots of coloring/learning pages over the year and put a bunch in a ziplock bag along with other papers (and blank paper too).... keep reading.
    *I print out a traceable full name of each child and make a dozen copies (one for each week of summer). (www.handwritingworksheets.com is the website I use)
    *I also print out a traceable alphabet sheet for each letter. (I use www.kidzone.ws )
    *I print ABC and Number flashcards and copy on cardstock to use to "Play Games".
    *I fold and staple 2 peices of copy paper to make "summer books".(I still call it typing paper... it dates me.)
    *A cheap book that I get at the Scholastic Book Fair Warehouse sale.
    *A calendar that I get from The Mailbox online that I can type in daily activites then print. NOTHING LONG only a 5 minute activity... except reading (20 minutes of reading with a family member every day, one day tracing name, one day tracing abc page, etc, one day playing a game, etc.)
    *I also put in a bottle of bubbles
    *AND a small snack bag of "treats" they can use to reward themselves for "playing school" over the summer.... I use Skittles.
    *LAST I put a copy of all the pictures I've taken over the year on a CD in so the parents can have pictures of their child's 1st year of public school. :love:

    and, YES it is very heavy when they take it home. :cool:
     
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    If you have extra pails and need a use, I came up with this idea called the story bucket. My kids always want to color coloring book pages, and I just like more process art. But sometimes when I need a rainy day or "rowdy" day quiet activity, I make copies of random coloring book pages and let them color. I have them put them in buckets after coloring and divide them in groups. I give each group a bucket. One child pulls out a picture and starts a story based on that pic. Another child in the group pulls out another pic and continues the story and they keep repeating until the have finshed the story. I let the kids help decorate the buckets with foam stickers.
     

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