Check it out...
Pretty clever, don't you think? (and, yes, I am patting myself on the back for this one). Incorporated in each bit of advice are key words that correspond to the various school supplies. As the kids read the words of wisdom, they were directed to open certain numbered gifts.
Here's how I made them...
I simply gathered up a variety of school supplies, came up with a bunch of sayings that used related words, wrapped the supplies in tissue paper, then numbered them to go with each saying.
Here are the little bits of advice I came up with (the corresponding supplies are in blue here, but weren't listed on their actual papers)...
Some Back To School Advice
- Let your colorful personality shine through at school and leave your special mark on everything you do. (Open gifts #1 and #2) colored pencils & markers
- Don't cut corners! If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right the first time. (Open gift #3) scissors
- Remember, you can do hard things. Just stick with it, stick with it, and stick with it some more until you finally do that hard task. (Open gifts #4, #5 and #6) glue sticks, regular glue, and scotch tape
- Make sure you are always prepared and stay sharp. When you're sharp and focused, you'll be able to do your best. (Open gift #7) package of pencils with pencil sharpener
- Keep in mind, you will make mistakes. It's okay and it's all part of learning. Just look at what you did wrong, figure out how to correct it and move on. (Open gift #8) package of erasers
- Before a test or important assignment, just take a deep breath and put together all that you've learned. (Open gift #9) stapler
- When you get home from school, I hope you take a minute to tell me the highlights of your day. We're all busy, but you and your schoolwork are important to me. (Open gift #10) package of highlighters
- Most of all, whether you've had a good day or a not-so-good day, I think you RULE and I'm so glad you're my kid! (Open gift #11) ruler
Then, I simply put each kid's wrapped gifts in a little container tote I picked up from the Dollar Store.
When they got home from school, they took turns reading each bit of advice and then opening their numbered gifts. They had fun as the tissue paper went flying and they got all sorts of exciting supplies (because getting your very own stapler is a huge deal! ).
It was fun seeing them so excited and I'm glad something practical could end up being such a big treat!
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