Have a Ball this Summer! Free End of Year Gift Tag Printable

Luke’s last day of preschool is Wednesday and he wanted (ok, I wanted him) to give each of his friends a small gift to kick off the summer. We were in Kentucky for Valentine’s Day, so he didn’t get to give out Valentine’s and this is just a small way to say “thanks for being my friend”. I scoured Pinterest to find the cutest ideas and you can see my post here on 12 End of Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables. 12 EOY gift printablesI took Luke to the Dollar Tree to pick out a little something to give each of his friends. He first wanted to give them m&m’s, but I shot that down quickly. We try not to give out too much candy and I know the teachers wouldn’t appreciate any extra sugar on the last day. After going up and down every aisle, he finally decided to give splash balls.

IMG_9151There are 16 friends in Luke’s class, so we purchased 16 splash ball sets. They come in a pack of two, but to cut costs you could easily place one splash ball in a baggie and attach the tag to the baggie. I think kids would be thrilled with one ball and never know that there were two in the original pack.

IMG_9153We came home and I whipped up some cute tags to cover the ugly Dollar Tree tag and ta-da… his end of year gifts were finished! Start to finish it took less than 30 minutes to cut and attach all 16 tags. (And that was with the help of two littles!)

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I ended up taping the tags to the splash ball packaging, but you could also use double-sided tape or staples to attach it.

Here is Luke with his little $1 end of school year gift. He couldn’t be more excited to hand these out next week!

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You can download these FREE gift tags by clicking the link below.
Have a Ball Gift Tags

Let me know if you use these for your kiddos classmate gifts. They would also be perfect for teachers to give their students as well!

Happy (almost) summer!

 

1st Day of Preschool

Yesterday was Luke’s first day of preschool here in Georgia and we both had a tear free day! I may have gotten teary eyed as I dropped him off, but no real tears! Hah! Luke hopped out of the car, grabbed a teacher’s hand and never looked back! Of course I asked a million and one “mom questions” when I picked him up and got a lot of nothing in response… he’s a total boy. He did say his school is “awesome”, so that was good enough for me!

Here is Luke on his first day of “school” in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Luke's 1st days of school

And here he was yesterday… his last first day of preschool! Can not believe how big he is!

1st Day of Preschool 2015

In case you missed it last week, click to download the free 1st Day of Preschool Printable Sign.

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Lately my social media accounts are flooded with adorable photos of kids holding perfectly lettered chalkboard signs declaring it was their first day of school. I knew I needed up up my “sign game” when I saw how lame mine have been in years past compared to what the super moms were creating this year.

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See? Black font on white paper – boring! And can we talk about how little Luke was here? This was two years ago and I thought he was SO big then… oh my!

Handlettering on chalkboards is so trendy and completely first day of school themed, however, there’s one major problem… I have ZERO skill when it comes to writing on a chalkboard. As in, it looks like Luke did it. I have relatively decent handwriting on paper, but when you hand me a piece of chalk it looks like I was blindfolded and just completed a dizzy bat race. It doesn’t help that my best friend has *the* most gorgeous chalkboard in her kitchen that looks like it belongs on Pinterest every single time I see it!

chalkboard hand lettering

photo by: @marketplacegray

Gorgeous, right? I mean, how I compete with that? 

Well, I can’t. Those who can’t handletter on a chalkboard create a digital chalkboard.

I’ve been dabbling in graphic design lately by creating lots of printables that I’ll share in the future and I came up with the perfect sign for Luke. His is actually personalized with the name of his school and starting date, but I also made a plain one for you to download here.

1st Day of Preschool Printable

I also found this adorable 1st day of preschool interview. You can print your own interview here. Don’t worry if your child isn’t in preschool. There’s interviews for pre-k through 12th grade. It was fun to hear Luke’s responses to each question and will be a great keepsake to look back on when he is grown. Some answers were sweet and some made me laugh. I hope to do a similar interview each year to see what changes.

First Day of Preschool Interview

We met his teacher yesterday and got to visit his new classroom. It’s hard to believe he is getting so big! I can’t even think about kindergarten next year… I’m going to need counseling!

Luke at Preschool Open House

Stop back by tomorrow for a free teacher’s gift printable that can be used anytime throughout the school year!