12 End of the Year Classmate Gift FREE Printables

12 EOY gift printablesIt’s that time of year again – the temps are rising, the students are crazy and the teachers are… crazier! Hah! Luke’s school year and preschool career are coming to a close next week with his graduation on Wednesday night. Since the kiddos in Luke’s class are going to be attending several different elementary schools next year, he won’t be seeing many of them as much as he would like. To curb the sad thoughts of friends parting, we decided it would be great to give each of them a little gift for the summer. He wanted to give everyone gum and legos. I wanted to give everyone something cheap that wasn’t candy. (Spoiler alert: I won that battle.)

After a quick Pinterest search I found several cute ideas. Here are my favorite end of the year gift ideas with FREE printables and the best part is they can all be found for $1 or less!

graduation_goldfish_snack_smThis goldfish themed gift tag from Party Bluprints is a great way to gift a snack without giving students a sugar high.

stars gift tagsAlisha from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher actually created these as a 1st day of school gift, but I think they would be great as a last day gift as well. Just print the stars, cut and attach a glow stick. So easy, so cute, SO cheap!

pop-rocks-singleThese are a candy gift, which I don’t love to give, but it is so darn cute I just had to include it! Christy from Eleven Magnolia Lane created these cute printables to go with Pop Rocks she purchased at the Dollar Tree. See, everyone loves the Dollar Tree!

Wanderful gift tagI’ve seen these bubble wands at Walmart, Target and the Dollar Tree. You can usually get a pack of 6 for $5 or less, which makes each gift less than a buck! You can’t beat that! Stacy at She’s Kinda Crafty created some adorable tags that say “Thanks for being a WAND-erful friend this year!” All you need to do is print, cut and tie them to the bubbles!

Class-Ring-end-of-the-year-Party-Favor-by-lidia-barbosa-at-kinder-alphabet-500x482Ok, I’ve seen LOTS of gift ideas floating around the internet, but I have never seen this one! How cute are these “class rings”? You can find these FREE printable tags from Kinder Alphabet!

End-of-School-Year-IdeaLandee is a new-to-me blogger and I LOVE everything on her blog! Hoping to not waste my entire Saturday perusing her site. Her daughter gave out sidewalk chalk for her end of school year gifts. Aren’t they cute? You can find a big box of these at Walmart and just split them up among the kids in the class.

bm-image-791365Seriously, these are SO adorable! You can find cheap sunglasses at the Target Dollar Spot or the Dollar Tree. You can also find them in small sets in the party section at some stores. You can find the FREE printable tags to attach on the Lesson with Laughter blog.

krazykoolThese gifts may cost slight more than $1 each because the cups will more than likely be $1 and then you have to add in the cost of the Kool-Aid. We don’t drink Kool-Aid at our house, so if I did these gifts, I would probably just attach a fun crazy straw. It would also be much cheaper that way as well. You can find the FREE tag at A Cupcake for the Teacher.

easy-end-of-year-student-gift-free-printable-love-this-so-much1What kid doesn’t love a frisbee? Just print, cut and tape these FREE printable tags to each frisbee and your cheap, easy gift is complete!

get-a-free-printable-that-to-put-on-a-jump-rope-give-as-an-end-of-the-school-year-gift-to-friendsLuke can’t really jump rope yet, but he loves to use his in pretend play as a lasso. You can find jump ropes at the Dollar Tree and just staple on these cute tags from Our Thrifty Ideas.

photo 9These are adorable CHEAP gifts that all students will love! The FREE printable tags can be found at First Grade Fairytales.

IMG_3724And last but not least, here is what Luke will be giving his class next week. We found these splash balls at where else but the Dollar Store. They come in a pack of two, but they can easily be split up and placed in a sandwich bag to make each gift only 50 cents. You can find the FREE printable tags I created here.

Do your kiddos give out or receive end of school year gifts? If so, what has been some of your favorites?

 

 

Free Teacher Gift Printable + Maple Glazed Donut Recipe

Smart Cookie Free Teacher Gift printableOn Thursday, we met Luke’s new preschool teachers and since first impressions always count I wanted him to take them a sweet little gift. We decided to give them cookies in a jar, because who doesn’t LOVE cookies? We used Bakerella’s Cowboy Cookie recipe (we left out the nuts because he goes to a nut free school) and packaged it in a quart sized mason jar.

Smart Cookie Free Teacher Gift Printable

I created a printable that reads “I’ll be one smart cookie with you as my teacher” and attached it to the front along with some ribbon with double sided tape. I used a border from “Coffee, Kids and Compulsive Lists”, which is funny because all three of those things consume my life right now! The baking instructions for the cookies are also included in the file and fit perfectly on the lid. This was by total accident. I actually designed the directions to be attached to the back of the jar, but since it was a perfect fit, I attached it to the lid with double sided tape too.

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To download the Smart Cookie labels click here.

Free Smart Cookie Teacher Gift Printable

These are so easy and quick to put together and perfect for kiddos to help with as well. Luke’s job was to use a pastry tool to pack the each layer down. Of course, we had to keep remeasuring the m&m’s because my little helper kept eating them.

While the kids were playing, I snuck out to the front porch to photograph the cookie jars. About halfway through taking the pictures I looked up and saw this…

IMG_0922My girl is *never* far from her mama. At times it is tough because she wants to constantly be held, but I know that this time is short and I almost always oblige. Some say she is spoiled, but I like it that way!

IMG_2336I posted this photo on my social media accounts yesterday and got lots of questions about how these were made. I’m happy to tell you they are super easy and probably one of the most delicious things I’ve ever made.

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I made a big mistake and bought the 5 count can of biscuits instead of 8. My jeans are thanking me, but my taste buds were pretty ticked off! Hah! Here are two of the five beauties after being dropped in the frying oil.

Easy 15-Minute Maple Bars
Recipe from Butter with a Side of Bread

  • 1 8-count can refrigerated biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury Grand Homestyle Buttermilk biscuits)
  • 2 cups canola oil, for frying
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP milk
  • 1 TBSP corn syrup
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Pour 2 cups of canola oil into a medium sized saucepan and begin heating on medium-low heat (I set mine at 4.)

Open the biscuit dough and separate. Gently stretch the biscuits into an oblong shape, as opposed to the round shape they come in.

In a small saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Whisk in milk and heat for about 5 minutes on medium heat, stirring often, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.

Remove from heat and add in corn syrup and maple extract. Add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, whisking until smooth between additions. Add 1-2 tsp more milk if necessary. Glaze will begin to harden if you leave it sitting- which is what you want! Once all powdered sugar is added, keep maple glaze warm on the stove, whisking occasionally.

Check the temperature of the oil using a meat thermometer- it needs to read 350 degrees F. Increase heat gradually if necessary.

Once oil is ready, drop bars in 2 at a time. Let cook for about 2 minutes, then turn and cook an additional 2 minutes on the other side. This process of cooking the doughnuts goes very fast, so have a paper towel covered plate ready to set the bars on when cooked. Bars should be a nice golden brown.

Let bars cool for a few minutes, then whisk the glaze to make sure it’s smooth enough to dip each bar. Dip the bar, then immediately turn glaze side up on a cooling rack.

*We rolled two of the donuts in a cinnamon sugar mix to have a variety of donut flavors*

Repeat this process until all bars are fried and glazed.

They’re best eaten within an hour, but even the next morning they’re amazing!

IMG_2327I cannot attest to how long these stay fresh because we inhaled them with in minutes. However, we did have leftover maple icing and we used it as a dip for sliced apples… amazing!

Back to School Prep + Printables

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!

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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!

7 Free Father’s Day Printables

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Father’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re needing a last minute gift idea, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve rounded up my favorite FREE Father’s Day printables. Some of these I’ve used in years past, I used two this year and the rest I’m saving in my back pocket (well, actually on my Pinterest board) for next year.

The last two years I’ve done an interview with Luke about his Daddy. They have always turned out hilarious, meaningful and sweet! Since Luke is getting older, I wanted to do something a little more and after a quick late night Pinterest search I found the perfect Father’s Day gift from Luke: a book!

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You can find the free printable here! You have to subscribe to TinyMe to download it, but you can unsubscribe if you don’t want to receive their emails. I’m actually thrilled I found their site because they have SO many cute ideas! Anyway, here ‘s a sneak peek at Luke’s book for his Daddy!

IMG_0730_2He forgot to draw Jacob’s body but he remembered to draw his beard! Hah!

IMG_0732I love that Luke drew a red Falcons jersey on his Daddy!

IMG_0733This cracked me up! Let’s hope we don’t have to ever test out Jacob’s bravery on this one!

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This is the first year I’ve done an interview for my dad and Jacob’s dad from Luke. It was quite funny to hear his responses. I’m sure both of his grandfather’s are thrilled to know that Luke thinks they are 99 years old! Hah! We used the printable above from Persnickety Prints!

Father's Day Questionnaire copy
This is the interview printable I’ve use the last two years for Father’s Day. It’s from Kinzie’s Kreations and it’s simple and short!

Tee-rific printable
How cute is this idea for a Dad who loves golf? Give a gift of tees and a round of golf with this cute bag topper from Tatertots & Jello! Luke gave this to his Daddy last year along with personalized ball markers from Designs By Dawn Renee.

n*d-DadsDayTicketBookThis Dad ticket idea is too cute and one that I will use next year. Kids (or moms) can write down what each ticket can be redeemed for! I think Jacob might like his to say “an afternoon nap” and “homemade chocolate chip cookies”. This free gift idea is from Nellie Design.

Nuts about PapaThis idea from Liz On Call is perfect for my dad! My kids call him Papa and we gift him a giant jar of cashews every Christmas! Next year, he might get a jar for Father’s Day too!

Father's Day Banner This little banner caught my eye yesterday! We don’t normally decorate for Father’s Day, but this free banner from Ringmaster’s might just inspire me to!

Isn’t it great that there are so many free resources online for adorable gifts? I consider myself pretty crafty, but I’m very appreciative that these bloggers have done all the work for me on these gifts!