Here are some themes of the class baskets this year.
A quick and fun game. I used free printables to print off board games and cards, and made the game boards sturdier by pasting the copies to card board. (You can find the printables here: http://teachingheart.net/wintercottonballs.pdf
The only other supply needed is either little white pom pons or cotton balls to use for the snow balls.
Players take turns drawing cards with instructions for how many snow balls to take from the center pile and place on their cards. Some cards have students put some snowballs back! The first player to fill their game card with 8 snowballs is the winner.
Students can create a winter wonderland scene to take home and display. Supplies needed: clear plastic plates, cotton balls, assorted foam shapes and stickers like trees, snowmen, snowflakes, black construction paper cut into snow globe base shape, 8.5 x 11 card stock, glue, glue sticks, pencils, and metallic pens.
1. Have students trace around the plate on their card stock.
2. Using gluestick, paste the snow globe base down under the circle.
3. Arrange shapes to creat winter scene.
4. Stretch the cotton balls out to make snow drifts at bottom of scene.
5. Have parent help apply glue (Alene’s tacky glue works best) around edges of plate and cover scene.
6. If desired, write a message on the base of the snow globe.
7. Let dry, placing a book on top of plate to help it stick well.
**Note: try to find plates that have a flat rim around the edge so that you have a good surface to apply glue.
We made a watercolor canvas (24 x 36″) and presented it to our teacher on Thursday. The kids were pulled from class in groups of 4 and used black Sharpie to write a thank you message and draw a picture. After all the kids had written/illustrated, we had a small group come back out to paint using liquid watercolors. After the piece dried, it was sprayed it with fixative so the colors wouldn’t fade.
– The students put together a Memory Book – each child took time to create their own artwork with their thankful note…
The class wrote ways in which their teacher helped them “bloom” this year. We made their responses into a poster. Each student was also given a flower to present to their teacher in the morning, The bouquet was then placed in a vase on her desk.
1) Each student was given a white circle (about the size of a CD) and was asked to write something kind about their teacher.
2) The circles were then collected and made into a book with a cover that looked like an owl. It had a face and some feathers and was titled, “[NAME OF TEACHER] — Owl Remember You”. A hole was punched in one side and fastened with a clip. The other side also had a hole punched and was tied with a piece of ribbon, so you could open/close the book.