Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week Is Coming Soon!

My second grader loves to make his teacher gifts for teacher appreciation week. One of the teacher appreciation days at our school is "flower day" where the kids are encourage to cut flowers out of there garden and bring them into their teacher. Since our yard is still not blooming Joe and I thought of a better idea.

One that will last and not die away.
We first found some scraps of yarn that I had from my many many attempts at knitting. Joe chose the color theme. With the yarn we made pom poms. They are about the easiest things you can make and Joe likes making them. I got the pom pom maker at Jo-Ann Fabric. Just follow the instructions on the pom pom maker packaging. Or you can go on YouTube and find a video on how to make a homemade pom pom maker.
Then we found a pack of 10 recycled wood pencils in green that we had stashed away.
We sharpened 5 of the pencils, the other five we left unsharpened.
I hot glued the pom poms to five unsharpened ends of the pencils so his teacher would have erasers in her flower pot.
Next, I hot glued the pom poms to the other five pencils but on the eraser part so the teacher would have five freshly sharpened pencils ready to write.
Joe and I went to Michael's last night and bought a terracotta pot on clearance for $1.99. We filled it with pebbles purchased at The Dollar Store.
Joe stuck the pencils with pom poms in the pot at varying heights and I glued a ribbon around the pot for an added touch of flare.

A simple art project for your kids and a wonderful gift for their teacher.
It's a functioning piece of art that will brighten up any teachers desk. My older son did this for his first grader teacher years ago and she still has it sitting in her classroom each years. She told me once it was her best gift from her favorite student  . . . and I believed her :)

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