19 May 2013

Awards & Gifts

We are down to a little over two weeks. I mean...I know it's coming...BUT...it is coming so fast! Usually, I would be thrilled by this point {and don't get me wrong...I am}, but I am sorta having a hard time with letting my kids go! We have been together for three years, and I know it's time, but it will definitely be a bitter/sweet moment for me! #lovemykids...for real! 

ANYWAYS...I really want to make the last few weeks super special, so I am gearing up for our annual pancake breakfast/writing celebration/classroom superlatives/final day together. Do you think that is enough crammed into one day? Ha! So, I have been working on a few projects today. 

This is my third year of awards with these guys, so I went all out with candy awards this year! Super excited about how cute they turned out!  

So happy to have these printed and ready to go! I also went ahead and attached the poems to the candy...which means...one more project down! If you are still looking for some classroom awards, you can check these out {HERE}!

I also had some time to work on my class gifts that I will give to the kids at the pancake breakfast. It's a long story how these came to be. We went to the bowling alley during the third nine weeks to celebrate our House Champions {Reveur} and low and behold sat a box filled with bowling pins for $1.00. Yes...one buck! I didn't know exactly what I wanted them for...but I couldn't pass up such a steal! {I swear I am not a hoarder.} So, I snatched those bad boys up and displayed them in my classroom. My kids went crazy over them and begged me to tell them what they were for. I kept saying..." I can't give away all of my secrets." When the secret was...I didn't have a clue. I threw around the ideas of awards/incentives, but never brought myself to pull that together. Since the year is drawing to a close, the idea finally came to me. I have decided to use them as class gifts. I spray painted them over the weekend {which I thought would take forever...but didn't...PTL} and then used paint pens to add their name. I already had most of the supplies from school crafts, so I think I spent $20.00 total! I never get by cheap, so I am super proud of myself! :) During our celebration, the kids will be given a Sharpie so that all of their friends can sign their pin. 

 I also found out that local bowling alleys sell old pins for cheap...cheap...cheap! So...you may want to check that out! These could be used for SO many wonderful things! And at 1 buck, you just can't pass that up!

I can't wait to celebrate these last few weeks! Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday!!! 


  1. cute! They will remember that "inside secret" Good luck telling these kiddos bye! I'll be prayin for ya!

  2. What a great gift! Love it!

    Teaching in the Tongass

  3. The bowling pins are precious! I love how you're using them for autographs!

  4. That is such a thoughtful gift! I feel for you having to say goodbye to your kiddos after three years. I bawl every year and I have never looped! At least you can feel comforted in the fact that you have become a permanent fixture in these children's lives and they will never forget you. Now, you can start changing the lives of more kiddos!!

    As always, thank you for sharing your awesome ideas!

    Koonce’s Korner

  5. What a great idea and a special keepsake! I think even high school graduates would find this fun to have autographed. They are more likely to keep it instead of a simple piece of paper.

  6. Those bowling pins are adorable!! :) Your kids are going to adore them. :)

    Sugar and Spice

  7. How special to have the same group of kiddos for 3 years! Your awards and gifts look SUPER cute!

    For the Love of First Grade

  8. That was a really cute idea! You're so crafty.



  9. This is SO cool, I want to try it!!! Is there a particular type of spray paint you used? And were the paint pens those sharpie paint pens? Awesome, I can't wait to try it :)

  10. It's so wonderful you could have these kids for 3 years. It seems that you just get used to them and all of their strengths and challenges and then the year is over. I loved your bowling pins. Thanks for sharing!

    :) Shelley

    The Perks of Teaching Primary

  11. LOVE that idea for an end of the year gift. How cool and fun!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade