CLASSROOM CHRISTMAS GIFTS
Back in 2012, I first shared this Kindergarten keepsake gift and it has been a favorite of teachers each school year. These holiday gifts can be great at Christmas time, but they made great gift regardless of how people celebrate the holiday season.
Teacher friends from all over the world all agree this project is a great way to freeze moments for a while. Parents love it.
hese Kindergarten Christmas Gifts (MELT) … such a fun and treasured parent gift for kindergarten.
Here is the history behind them: I was looking for parent gift ideas and a sweet Facebook friend sent me a photo of a project her son had done when he was in kindergarten. I loved seeing him towering over this snowman. She then said that she made them with her class each year.
First, we went to Lowes and bought wooden fence posts. Then we (when I say “we” I really mean The Perfect Son and Mr. W.) cut them to the exact height of each of my students.
If you plan ahead, you can also ask a local lumber yard if they could set aside fence posts that they can’t sell. These are often damaged or cracked, but you usually cut them anyhow. I have gotten the boards for free before, but like I said, you have to plan ahead a bit.
I would love to say you could ask for parent volunteers, but that would ruin the surprise. YES! This project requires a little hard work. With the exception of cutting and painting the fence posts, the bulk of the work took place in the classroom setting. TIP: Write the students’ names on the bottom of the fence post in a permanent marker. Don’t paint over it or you will have a hot mess! Sticky notes fall off!
Then, we (The Perfect Son and Mr. W.,) painted them white. Today, they were dry enough to add the hat (a fuzzy sock, click HERE to see similar *affiliate), face, scarf, and buttons.
If you plan ahead, you can swipe up these socks after Christmas is over and save them for the next group of kiddos.
The face is made with black paint (use the child’s fingerprints) and orange craft foam. I just cut it in a carrot-like-nose-shape.
Snowman Parent Gift Updated
Last year, I worked with 26 first graders to make their snowmen! I worked with the whole class to personalize their snowman.
Another teacher used 1 x 4’s and found she could get 2 students on one long board. It may save you a little money that way.
Here are some of the photos that have been sent to me over the years from other teachers. I love all the options for these class gifts.
And here are a few more.
Then the best thing is when parents send me pictures of their child standing next to their snowman a few years later.
I’ve had some photos of college students standing with their snowmen underneath the Christmas tree. What a fun way to remanence.
How much do these Christmas gifts cost?
That really depends. I have shared a few ways you can shed some of the cost. I do know that teaching is such an underpaid profession. So how do you offset the cost? You could ask parents for donations. I have always taught at Title 1 schools, so I know extra money from parents is not often possible. Just remember, a teacher should not have to take a vow of poverty. If this project does not make sense for you this year, but you really want to do it, perhaps take my suggestions from above and plan for next year.
Here is the breakdown fof the craft supplies and expenses for 2021:
- Fence posts: $1.98 per child
- 1 gallon of white paint: $33 for 27 students $1.22 per child
- Socks (procrastinated and got them in a bulk pack from Amazon so they were a bit more) $1.49 per child. I have seen them at Dollar Tree for much cheaper.
- Scarf (fleece from WalMart): I cut them 6″ x 30″ so you get 6 scarfs per yard. $.70 per child
- Ribbons also from Walmart: $3.69 per roll and I used 2 for 27 students: $.27
- Orange craft foam for the nose: I have no idea because we had some on hand and you just need a scrap per snowman.
COST PER CHILD: $5.66
Options to help with the cost:
- Talk to your high school teacher. I have heard from multiple teachers that the shop teacher was able to donate lumber and labor for painting and cutting the boards.
- Talk to your local lumber yard. I have heard some have donated lumber and paint.
- Ask parents for a donation to help cover the cost. Now, this option depends on your student population. You could also ask your PTA.
- Plan ahead and get holiday socks and ribbons at a discount during after Christmas sales.
- Have a school fundraiser. I have done popcorn sales and Pickle Friday sales to help with student projects in the past. Students love the idea of earning the money to make a parent gift.
You can find a few other Christmas parent gift ideas for your entire class that are somewhat related:
How do you get this craft home?
This is a question I get asked a lot! I always sent this fun gift home at the end of the day after our classroom Christmas party. This last day before winter break usually means more parents are coming to the school, so it makes it easier for them to carry them home with them. Think of it as free shipping…LOL For those students who did not have a parent come to the school, I found it was a great idea to find a student who went on the same bus as my student. I asked one of the older kids to help get the project home for the younger kids.
As a class, each student worked on a winter or Christmas card to attach to the snowman. This handwritten note to their family member is the cherry on top of the Christmas sundae!
This is the time of year when life gets hectic, but I promise you will not regret making these Christmas presents part of your yearly routine.
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