Classroom Christmas Gift
Back in 2012, I first shared this Kindergarten keepsake gift and it has been a favorite of teachers every year.
These 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.
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 2021
In 2021, I worked with 26 first graders to make their snowmen!
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 have been sent to me over the years from other teachers. I love all the options!
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.
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 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 from Amazon so they were a bit more) $1.49 per child
- 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
Options to help with the cost:
- Talk to your high school shop teacher. I have heard from multiple teachers that they 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 ribbon 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 that are somewhat related:
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