Giving from the Heart... from the Kiddos

Teachers  are  givers.
Kids are TOO!


We want EVERYONE  to  have 
ALL of their WISHES come true!

BUT....

So how?
How can we teach curriculum,  maintain  sanity,
and MAKE WISHES COME TRUE?

Give!

GIVE  FROM  THE  HEART!

In our classroom we  make ornaments.

NOT all of the ornaments are for CHRISTMAS.

Some of my kiddos don't celebrate Christmas.

BUT...
They  create.  They  inspire.  They  give.
From the  Heart.

My  favorite things are HANDMADE.
( Sniff... from the heart)  :)

Where do we get our  " inspirations" ?

PINTEREST!
(You can follow me here...)


No stress...pictures...some directions...Ahhhhh.
My  happy  place!

Here are some of MY  favorite  ideas!


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Popsicle  sticks! 
Glue! Paint!  Decor!

Let the imagination go!

NOT ALL OF MY KIDS MAKE THE SAME ORNAMENTS!
Let them have choice!

I show them the pictures.
 I share the BASICS.
I let them GO!

MY  choices and their choices MAY BE DIFFERENT!

Different is good! 

Give from YOUR heart!


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SALT  DOUGH!

Who doesn't  like  DOUGH?

Squishy, squeezy  balls of  FUN?

I  LOVE  handprint ornaments.
(GMA  HERE)  :)

Our kiddos are small for such a short time.
Make those MEMORIES!

I  bring out ALL the cookie cutters I can find, borrow, beg for.

SUGGESTIONS...

Don't let them be too THICK.
Let them dry FOR A LONG TIME ( 3-4 days ) 
before PAINTING!

Hot glue string on the back after dry,
OR
Poke a hole on the dough with a straw BEFORE drying.


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MY newest LOVE!

HANDPRINT   SNOWMEN!

ALL of MY kiddos make this one!

I make these in small groups
( I can only do 3-4 kiddos at a time)

If you have a PARENT HELPER...
this is a PERFECT craft for them!)

Paint on day 1.
DRY  day 2.
Faces ( I suggest  BLACK SHARPIES )  Day 3
Scarves  (  felt, material/ paper scraps...srapbook paper works great!)   Day  4
Let EVERYTHING DRY 
& then 
add  a  string  for  a  hanger!

BE SUPER CAREFUL when sending these home!
( No dropping )

Place in a gift bag
 ( we use hand decorated lunch bags)
with LOTS, LOTS, LOTS
of tissue !

So...we  GIVE FROM THE HEART!

It's not about the $$ amount 
when giving.

It's about the thought, the effort, and the LOVE
that goes into it!

Here is another gift I do FOR my kiddos.
See the blog POST here.


I hope you have a WONDERFUL Holiday SEASON!

Make memories.
Share the LOVE.
And

Give From the HEART!

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