Monday Made It {Holiday Style}


I finally finished all of the work for my very LAST master's course and I graduate next weekend.  Sooo…I had my first real weekend in a long time!  I haven't even touched my school work (although my crafts are for school, I don't consider them actual work!).  I just need to sit down tonight and do my guided reading plans and grade one assignment.  

My husband and I went home for Thanksgiving and are going to Colorado instead of going home for Christmas.  So we just about finished all of our Christmas shopping yesterday and have to mail a few final packages/cards tomorrow.  



We don't get out until the 20th, but I spent today getting gifts ready for my students and coworkers.  It feels good to be ahead, knowing that I still have next weekend to finish up.



I made these cute reindeer hot cocoa bags for my students.  I followed the directions found at the Cincy Shopper.  There are free labels there as well!  The only thing i didn't do is double bag the hot cocoa…which is why my marshmallows look dirty.  The one that is cleaner took my husband forever to do because he poured it in through another bag.  I didn't have patience for that and didn't want to use two bags per kid, so dusty marshmallows it is!  Maybe using large chocolate chips would break it up more.  I actually was only able to make enough for one class (I have two classes) because Hobby Lobby only had one set of cone bags left.  I will have to look for some more this week.  Also, I was able to find a large container of hot chocolate powder at Target, instead of opening the pouches.



Next I made the candy cane sleighs that have been floating all over Facebook and Pinterest.  I plan to give them to my coworkers, I just need to figure out how to put a tag or something on them.  I followed the directions from Ellyn's Place exactly.  I found the large Kit-Kats, mini bows, and gold ribbon ($1) at Wal-Mart.  Target had the little holiday candy bars.  I used hot glue to put everything together.





I also made some play dough for my students.  I had never done this before but read a bunch of reviews and recipes.  It seemed like the cooked recipe was the way to go since I was making it ahead of time.  I followed this recipe from The Artful Parent.  I didn't want to mess with food coloring, so I just put a bunch of glitter in it. I thought it would actually be white, but it is more of a beige color.  I put in peppermint extract, not oil like suggested, and it took quite a bit.  The recipe makes a lot of play dough!  I was able to make 20 balls of it.  I have two classes, so sometime this week I plan to make another batch for my other class.  I read that it would last as long as it is put in a sealed container, so that's why I tied the balls in the Ziplock bags.  I found tags from A Special Kind of Class.




Finally, I put the play dough, a candy cane, the hot chocolate, and the Christmas pencils and erasers I got from the Dollar Tree in the little gift bags and tied them up.  The last day before break is crazy, so I just wanted them to have everything all together. Plus this way lessens the change of anything spilling and making a mess.  One class down, one to go!


What do you plan on getting/making for your students and/or coworkers?

10 comments

  1. I can't wait to try out the playdough. All of your stuff is precious

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  2. Wow!!! Amazing!! I would like to enrol in your class. Well done you!

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  3. So much cute stuff here! Congrats on finishing up with school! I also just graduated with my masters. I never appreciated a weekend so much in my life that first week that I was done :)

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  4. WOW! I'm loving all of your gift ideas for your students and co-workers. So very thoughtful!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  5. I love the play dough idea! I've been waiting to find just the right gift to make for all 64 of my students and I think this might be it! Thanks for sharing.
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  6. I really need to get it together on the gift front for my kiddos! I love the idea of putting everything in one bag!

    Rissa
    http://keepcalmandhooton.blogspot.com/2013/12/monday-made-it-christmas-time.html

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  7. Wow!! look at all this cuteness in this post!!!! You are so ahead of the game and it makes me a little anxious because I've done nothing!! All of these turned out adorable!!! Love it all!!!

    Hope you are doing well!!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  8. Jessica...one word...impressive! Your students are so lucky! Those reindeer hot cocoa bags and sleds are too cute! Love!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  9. I love the candy sleighs, I can't believe I haven't seen that one before. Thanks for sharing.

    Terri
    Kinder Princess

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  10. Those Santa sleighs are adorable! I might have to steal that idea!

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