Saturday, December 29, 2007

teacher gifts

Our school got new magnetic white boards this year to replace the chalkboards in all of the classrooms. I noticed that the girls' teachers had few (and hodgepodge) magnets, so we decided on a set as Christmas presents. It's an old idea (I think Family Fun featured it 3 or 4 years ago and I've seen tons since then), but a good way to share wee drawings.
I started with strong ceramic magnets, then traced a series of them in the clear margins of scrap paper to make templates for the girls to fill. They chose their five favorites (mostly pencil and watercolor) and trimmed them. I used E6000 silicon glue (which starts super stinky, but dries acid-free) to paste drawings to magnets, then squished on clear glass half marbles. The marbles give a cool fish-bowl effect to the drawings. I had forgotten how the edges get lost; next time we'll remember to leave larger margins. Packaged 'em up in guessed it... origami boxes. Candy cane striped with cheery red yarn.
Marian's drawings for her teacher include the 3 class turtles: Hop, Pop, and Yertle. I also gave her teacher a turtle surprise mug to thank her for her patience and flexibility with my daily visits to the classroom to feed Marian during her math lesson. She is a blessing.

1 comment:

Donna said...

I am tickled that my pillow made your blog. I also wanted you to know how much I loved those special thank you notes. Actually everything in your blog has made my mother heart happy. You are such a great girl. I am constantly amazed by you. Love, Mom