It’s that time again to make parent gifts in your classroom (either Christmas, Mother’s Day, or Grandparent’s Day). Parent gifts that kids can make can be tricky in the classroom so I try to make them as simple and easy as possible (inexpensive too). This year we’re making glass jars and look how beautiful they turned out! So let’s get started.
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Thr first thing you will need to do is go to a dollar store and get one glass jar for every student and two for students who have divorced families. Pick any glass jar you wish. They don’t have to match either. Each child can pick the jar they want before they paint if you can’t find enough that are the same.
Squirt a little bit of acrylic paint into clear plastic cups and add a paint brush to each cup. I use cups rather than paper plates to keep the brushes from mixing with other colors.
The Set Up
Put out a few jars with a piece of paper under the jar. The paper will keep the paint off the table. Cover a tray with plastic wrap and place at the end of the table. The plastic wrap will keep the tray from being stained by the paint. Don’t forget to write each child’s name on the bottom of the jar!
During center time I pull students to paint their jars at the table with me. I only do four students at a time. Make sure the students wear paint smocks. The acrylic paint will stain their clothes!
Fill the Jar
Once the jars have had time to dry overnight, we fill the jars. You can have the students fill their jars with candy or put a small candle inside.
I buy paper bags from the dollar store and tissue paper. Each student dots their bag with dot markers, places the jar in the bag, and tops it with tissue paper!
That’s it! Simple enough right. Don’t get me wrong, it still takes time to have every student paint a jar, fill it, and wrap it. But compared to other parent gifts I have tried in the past, this one is a piece of cake!
Need another idea? Try making Christmas Stained Glass Pictures. Click HERE or the photo for directions.
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