Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Parent Gift Factory...

We have had SNOW much fun this week! ahem.  so so sorry. 

We made parent gifts and crafts galore and it's only Tuesday.  Thankfully we are enjoying warm weather and outside recess. My Christmas week insanity meter is well in the green with only possible moments of yellow to red.  (see glue gunning below)

This is one of my students showing off his parent gift.  His mama reads my blog (I think) so she better not peek at what he is holding! :)  His mom is also our school nurse.  She's the best ever and NO you can not have her. 
Let me break it down for you....one time one time....ugh...yeah...alright now....

ahem.  sorry.  something in my throat...

Step One: Student A rolls down long white tube sock and student B scoops one half cup of rice into sock.  Teacher Tip: Student A always keeps the sock in the container so teacher doesn't have to perform her flying lunge leap across the back of the room to catch 75 billion pieces of rice as they scatter across the floor, while always keeping her smile and cool wits about her.

 Step Two: Stuff the junk outta that sock until it is  two thirds full. 

 Step Three: choose one scarf, three buttons, two eyes, three pom poms, and one orange nose and move down the line to the hot gluing area.  This is where I live.  I like to live dangerously.
 While I rubber band off the head and neck of the snowman student finds their name on the masking tape and sticks it to the bottom of their sock.
   And hooray....socks are cute as can be and loveable as ever! 
Most importantly I can check the parent gift box on my to do list that creeps into my thoughts in the night for the first three weeks of December ever year.  Check--DONE!

What did I do with the rest of the class while I was blistering my index finger with hot glue? (thank you button holes) Ahem....I said button holes people...buttons have holes and those holes allow hot glue to seep.  Seeping causes blistering.

Ok back to topic...what I did with the rest of the class is allow them to do the greatest craft of all time....SPLAT THE CAT!  Oh Lordy they were busy and so excited to make this craft.  In the morning we read Merry Christmas Splat the Cat.  Then we got to the craft later when I needed it most!  

What did we do next in our gift making factory classroom of knowledge and all things learning?
We made ourselves into snowmen of course!  Inside the kids wrote a little poem and love note to their families because it opens like a big card.

I mostly picked this picture to show you the seat sack that is directly under this text.  The one bursting out in all directions.  Just keeping it real.  It's time for a Christmas CLEAN OUT!
A few finished covers...
I made an appearance on the bottom right.  That's me flashing my peace and quiet sign to my class while still keeping my smile and cool wit!  (It's not easy being perfect people...) Ahem......


  1. I LOVE the snowman socks! Will definitely try it out next year!

    Down Under Teacher

  2. We made those sock snowmen too, and my blister is still healing! Love the snowman cards - I'll have to keep those in mind for next year!


  3. Everything is SUPER CUTE! I loved the Splat The Cats...so precious!

    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  4. At a parent's suggestion we made the sick snowmen too! They were a big hit with the kids and other teachers! I will being doing this again!

  5. I think I NEED to make snowman socks next year!!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  6. Thanks for posting these step by step directions today! I am doing the cute little snowmen tomorrow, so I am very glad to see how you set everything up! I hope it goes well and my snowmen turn out cute- mine have grey on the bottom, though, so I have to figure out how to cover that up somehow. :-(

  7. Ditto what Teri said..those snowman socks are too cute!

  8. The snowmen turned out so so so so adorable. Totally worth flying rice (and teacher) imo! :D

  9. CUTE!! I think I will be trying that sock idea too:)
    The Moffatt Girls

  10. Loved your busy day! Totally curious about the Santa faces in your Splat the Cat photo. You might need to share some info from your neighbor with us too :)

  11. We will definitely be making the snowman with the kiddos picture when we get back from our break. They are so dang cute!!!

    For the Love of First Grade

  12. We made the sock snowmen today. They were a HUGE hit. (I had an entire snowman themed party) I had a lot of parent help but one dad did ALL the hot gluing! It was great. Wish I had had 2 hot glue guns. I'm so glad I found your post! Thanks!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  13. I loved seeing the snowmen all made. I saw the link once but it's great to see a real person doing it! Loved this post. Thanks!


    The Perks of Teaching Primary