Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Summer Make-Aheads

 I love to get ahead over the summer...or at least I'd like to think that I am getting ahead!  One thing that I do get done in advance is birthday cards for my students.  I make these easy foldable cards in advance for student birthdays during the year.  We pass the cards around, and every student gets to sign or write a message inside.  I also make gifts for the students using tissue paper, paper towel rolls, and ribbon.  The gifts are filled with candy, pens/pencils, erasers and stickers.  The students have to take the gifts home before they can open them-this helps in case two gifts are not exactly the same-but I tell them that it is so the gifts can be a surprise.  I love to find little things in the dollar section at Target (5 crayon-shaped erasers in a pack, sheets  of stickers, packs of fun pencils).  Stores like Staples also have clearance sections where you can find deals!
 The cards are made from 12 x 18 sheets of construction paper.  The paper is folded in half, and then half of one half is folded.  I cut two 3 1/2 x 9 rectangles from a different color of construction paper and glue those pieces on so that the closed paper looks like a square (which is supposed to look like a present).  Punch two holes, tie a ribbon for a bow, add a tag, and you have an inexpensive gift that your students will love!!!

I'd love to know what other projects that teachers make ahead of time over the summer.  Please share!


Darleen Dufour said...

The birthday cards and gifts are soo cute! I am definitely going to do this next school year. Thanks for stopping over at my blog!!!!
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Julie Buda said...

Thanks, Darlene!

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