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?