Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Photo Placemat

Class Photo Placemat

As a good-bye gift for the kids in the preschool class, we make a photo collage placemat.  I made an 11x14 (legal size) collage of photos using Print Shop.  Any photo program will work.  I made color copies at the local UPS store and glued it on a full size piece of construction paper.  On the reverse, each child made their hand prints out of white paint.  I then printed out the prayer that the kids said each day at snack.  You can write special memories or poem.  Once complete, I went to Lakeshore Learning and laminated them.  I found this to be the best price for laminating.
Each child will have a special mat of all their class friends to use for eating or playdough/crafts.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Our Teacher has Heart and Soul - Class Gift

As the year comes to an end, our class generously gave money toward a gift card for our teacher's favorite places.  We also wanted to make sure they had something to "remember" this class.  We decided on an apron, which any primary/preschool teacher can use.
I planned a class park date and we were able to complete this project  at that time.
All materials were purchased at Michaels Arts and Crafts.  Red apron, white fabric paint, Sharpie paint pen and sponge paint brush.  Additional items: WET WIPES

I wrote: "Miss Luci has HEART and SOUL" near the top of apron.  Then I had the kids take turns painting their foot or hands.  *Make sure the apron is turned upside down when painting the hands to make it look like a heart.  This paint dries relatively quick.  I wrote the child's name below their prints and the name of the school and year at the bottom of the apron.
My son pressed his hands in a giant red ink pad to make the bag for the aprons and filled it with red tissue paper.  You can also use red paint.

This project cost approx. $15 for 2 aprons, one bottle of paint and one paint pen.

The teacher's loved it!

* This would be a great gift for Fathers, Mothers or Grandparents! *

Do you have any fun ideas to share???  :)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Teacher Appreciation

Trusting Tigers door decoration
Pencil vase
I'm a little late posting this but here you go...

The class will be bringing flowers to the teachers on Tuesday.  As Room Mom, I wanted to make sure they had a place to hold their flowers.  I found this idea online, so here you go:  This cost approx. $15 for two vases.  I found 2 jumbo cans of Campbell's soup at Big Lots for $1.50 each.  They were 50 oz.  The Dollar Tree had colored pencils, 10 for $1.00 The large soup can needed 48 pencils!  The ribbon was from Michael's.  I would recommend a smaller can if you are making this as a gift from one child.
Directions:  Empty, clean and dry the soup can.  Place on it's side, put a small amount of hot glue near the top and bottom and place a few pencils in place, press.  Continue all around the can.  Place a rubber band around it to hold in place.  Then put a drop of hot glue in the middle and attach the ribbon.  Wrap around and tie with a bow.
For a finishing touch, create a sign to put into the vase, "Thanks for helping us bloom!"  or if you have a class photo write, "Look how we've grown!  We appreciate you!"
This bouquet of flowers will be sure to brighten their day! 
Doesn't take long to assemble!