As the room mom, I always take up money for a gift card for the teacher, but I also like to do a little something sentimental too! This year, I bound together a book the kids had made and also created a When I Grow Up picture collage!
For the book, I had the kids fill out a form with questions and draw a picture. Then, I made a cover and laminated each page. I used the school's binding machine to put it all together (although a copy store could do this too). It turned out so cute! You can download the form HERE.
For the When I Grow up picture, I took a picture of each child holding a chalkboard sign that said what they wanted to be when they grow up. I created a Shutterfly poster and input all of the pictures. The writing part was a bit complicated because I couldn't just insert a text box. Instead, I had to create pictures with the words I wanted and input them into the poster. There has to be an easier way, but I'm not sure what it is! I framed the poster and it was adorable anyway!
For our administrators and other teachers, I made coasters that they could use at their desks! Coasters are really easy to make and I love this cute scrapbook paper! The supplies you'll need are: plain white 4x4" tiles (found at Lowe's), scrapbook paper, cork roll with adhesive (found at Hobby Lobby), Mod Podge, clear polyurethane, & a paper trimmer or scissors.
- Cut scrapbook paper into 4x4" squares.
- Apply Mod Podge to the back of scrapbook paper and the top of the tile. Place scrapbook paper on top of tile. Let dry.
- Apply Mod Podge to the top of the scrapbook paper on the tile. Let dry completely.
- Paint a coat of polyurethane to the top of the scrapbook paper on the tile. Let dry.
- Cut cork into 4x4" squares and adhere to the back of the tile.
I wrapped each coaster in tulle & attached a tag that said "Hope you 'coast' through the summer!" You can download the tags HERE. The teachers loved these!
For our custodians and cafeteria workers, I made brownies, placed them on star shaped dishes (found at Dollar Tree), & attached a cute tag! You can print the tag HERE.
My kids love handing out gifts to everyone at our school and personally telling them "Thank you!" for a great year!