Gifts for Grown Ups!

Every year I always struggle with what my kiddos are going to give their grown ups for Christmas. In the past, I've usually done ornaments: clear ones that they stuff with Christmasy decorations, wooden ones that they paint (or one year I ran out of time and they colored them with markers. I was not proud of that one...). I want the gift to be something memorable and useful for their grown ups. and also cost-effective, easy, and quick on my end.

This year I'm doing something different. My kiddos are going to make their grown ups a 2013 calendar. Each student chose the color cover they want, and I copied the calendar pages on white construction paper. My teammates actually used white copy paper, but I opted for the construction paper because I'm not sure yet how we're going to make the pictures. I've seen those super cute handprint calendars on Pinterest, but I'm not sure if that's too young for second graders (Leave me a comment with your opinion, PLEASE... I'm so torn!). If not the paint, then I will allow my kids to use markers, and I think markers would bleed through regular copy paper. Grab a FREE copy of my 2013 calendar pages here if you want to do this in your classroom too. It's nothing fancy, but it'll save you the time :)
Today the kiddos decorated their cover and then we laminated the front and back covers. I was a little disappointed by how they turned out after lamination, because a lot of them used white crayon for snow, and I don't know if it was because of the heat, but you can't really see the white. Here are some of our covers:

See the pink looking snowman on the right? Sad...

Tomorrow I will bind the books together, and we'll do one page a day until we finish. I'll be sure to post pictures when they're all completed. What are you doing for your Christmas gifts?


  1. Shhhhhhh....I've never done a grown up gift in my classroom. Well in PK and K I bought ornaments from Oriental Trading, put names on them in sharpie and sent them home. This year I'd like to do apple spice ornaments. I want to do the X-mas trees I've seen on pintrest. But, I seriously need a Room Mom!!! I've got a field trip Thursday, Practice State Tests next week - when will I find time for them??

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  3. Thanks for the cute linky party idea! I just linked up! Love your calendar idea. Super cute! I will have to add that to my collection of ideas.
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  4. I did a handprint calendar with Emilee and my niece for my parents. I think with a whole class of 2nd graders you might pull your hair out. Lots of paint combinations, hand washing, and precise placement. Stick with the drawings!


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