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I love to give things to people. I always have fabulous ideas for things I would like to give or make for all of the people in my life, but there is always this one thing stopping me: money! Everything seems to cost so much and sometimes even a tiny project can end up costing an arm and a leg (plus, if you know me or have been following my blog, you know that I am somewhat frugal in my ways).
So, naturally, I love to give "things" to my students, but there are usually about 20 of them so it is difficult and, unfortunately, just doesn't happen a lot unless I have stocked up at an after-christmas 75% off sale for non-holiday items (which I do, by the way). But, once in awhile I will come across something in bulk that is really cheap (yes, like the bouncy balls) or like these that I found 18 for a whopping $1.00 at the Dollar Tree:
To us, these are just cheap little capsules that turn into something in the water, but, to children, these are MAGICAL little beans that magically evolve into a wondrous creature and, for the moment, they are in love with the idea (and believing that their kindergarten teacher must be a little magical, too).
But, since I can't do anything simple and I could never just toss a little capsule in the students' Welcome Back to School Packet.
So, I created this (click on the picture and you can have it from Google Docs, too!)
Then I copied it onto some colored copy paper I had on hand and used double sided tape to attach the capsules next to the arrow.
And am now ready to "pack" the Welcome Back to School Packets for all my new little loves.
You can barely see it, but the little baggie on the left is the Jitter Glitter! It is so fun! These items may seem useless and silly to some, but, since many kindergarten children have a difficult time meeting a stranger (me!) for the first time, these are tools that provide as an ice breaker conversation with each child.
"Is that Jitter Glitter I see in your hair? Look, I have it in mine, too."
"What color was your magic capsule?"
"What came out of yours? I had a blue monkey!"
Before you know it, they are trusting me and ready to break free from their mommas and come with the crazy monkey lady! Believe it or not, part of this packet is to ease the parents minds, too, remembering that, for many, this is their child's first structured, full-time setting away from home. It might help parents feel that I must be okay if I take the time to send their child a special packet in the summer and they see, right off the bat, that I am willing to go the extra mile for their child. Right now, it's fun stuff, but, eventually that follows suit with their child's academics as well!