Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fun (and cheap) Open House Idea

So, I use a little (well, maybe a lot!) bribery when I really want my kindergarten kiddos to do something. The first thing I really want them, along with their parents, to do is come to Open House.  Our Open House is held before school actually starts, so it is a really great anxiety reducer and nice way to meet the families.  So, I bribe them to come by sending them a Welcome to School Packet that includes a letter telling them about our Open House.  Then, I just happen to mention that IF they come, I will have a TREAT for them.  I love to give my students stuff  (I always tell myself they are "kindergarten souveneirs", but, who am I kidding? I know they end up in the bottom of their toy boxes), but I don't like to spend much money. 
You can imagine my kindergarten excitement when I found packages of 9 colorful, bouncy balls at target for 80% off in the summertime fun section!  9 balls for 40 cents!  In my head I am thinking, "That's 80 cents for a whole class worth of "kindergarten sounveneirs"!

I know what you're thinking..."Bouncy balls, big deal!" BUT, if you take bouncy balls and put them in a cute bag with a label that says
I look forward to "bouncing" through the year with you!
it instantly becomes a great treat (to fulfill my bribery) that also goes along well with the event of kick starting the school year!

Oh, and they look so adorable in a colorful plastic basket, piled high.  (Hint:  have extras so that you can give them to the siblings, too!)  At 40 cents per 9, you can't go wrong! I heart Target almost as much as I love teaching kindergarten!
Just in case Target still has some balls you might be interested in, I thought I'd share the labels with you, too.  You can either print them on shipping labels or on paper that can be taped or glued to the bags.  Click here for the Bouncing Balls labels.


  1. OK, that is adorable! On my way to Target.
    meet me at the zoo...

  2. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Love this idea! My son has been collecting bouncy balls for all of his 10 years and has now outgrown them! I just counted and I have enough for both preschool classes! Thanks so much!

  4. Great idea! Thanks for linking up.

  5. I love the idea and I am going to go get some!

  6. What a cute idea for open house. Thanks for linking up.
    Fun 2B in First

  7. What a neat idea! I may have to "steal" it if I can find the balls. My nearest Target is 45 minutes away so I don't go very often. But, now I can tell my husband I really NEED to go next weekend lol! Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer @ HerdingKats In Kindergarten

  8. This is so cute! Thank you for sharing! :)

  9. Thanks for sharing this! Where can I download those awesome fonts you use? I'm so tired of using the same ones.

  10. Too late for this year, but I love the idea!

    Quench Your First

  11. Open House is next week (even though we have been in school for 3 weeks!). This idea is perfect! Thanks!

  12. I love your ideas! You are so talented. I am trying to revise my lesson plan template do you have one I can see? Also can I see a copy of your parent packet? I will be happy to purchase them.
    My email is kyelich@lcscmail.com
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