Sunday, April 15, 2012

End of the Year Gift Linky Party

I don't know about you but I love giving my students fun gifts at the end of the year. I've seen tons of great ideas on Pinterest but I would love to see what you do for your kiddos. So I'm hosting an End of the Year Gift Linky Party.
Grab a copy of this image to place on your blog post to spread the word about the linky party.

Here's what I did last year:
I bought some red plastic cups at Walmart. I think they were like 4 for a dollar.  I bought some random things that I put in the cups. I included some fun pencils, erasers, 3 dice,
On the cups, I put this cute little poem that I found online.  I printed the poems on large labels and attached them to the cups. I tried to make it so the kids could wash their cups but it just wasn't working for me. After I finished with the inside stuff and the label, I wrapped the cup in blue cellophane and tied it at the top.  With the gift, I included some BUMP game boards and some fun summer activities.

I created a label for this year with a poem that I wrote for the end of the year. I loved the one that I found online last year but it was a bit too long for the labels. To use these labels, download a copy and print on Avery 4"x 2" shipping labels.

Click on the image to grab you a copy.
Frame from Jazzy Patterns
Fonts from DJ Inkers

Today, I went to Target and found some beach balls that were 97 cents so I got a supply for my class. I plan on giving to them on the last day of school and letting all the kids sign each other's beach balls. If you have time and help. you could also have them do hand prints on the beach balls. So fun and a great summer present! I plan on attaching this card with the beach balls.

This is what I am planning this year but I may change my mind depending on what you share. I can't wait to see your gift ideas!
I would also love to see what you do if you make gifts for your students' parents at the end of the year.


  1. What adorable ideas! Thank you for sharing! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  2. Still thinking up ideas myself... but I love this one! Thanks for sharing :)


  3. I love this idea!! I just linked up! Thank you for sharing your idea! So cute!

    Cheers To School

  4. I will be linking up soon! I already posted today.. so maybe tom or Friday!! Love this idea!
    Teaching, Learning, & Loving

  5. Such a great idea! I just linked up and I'm excited to see what other people post!

  6. I love your idea... I plan to link up soon!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  7. This is too funny!!! You and I were thinking SO SIMILARLY!!! lol

    Go check out what I bought at Target this weekend! :)

    I just linked up!

  8. I do a slideshow presentation for my parents and students at the end of the year. I am a teacher that takes pictures of everything that we do so I have a lot to choose from. After the presentation, the parents get to take a DVD of their childs 2nd grade year home with them. I still have parents from years passed that stop and tell me that they still watch their DVD with their child. That makes me smile.

  9. I go to the Dollar Tree and buy these huge syringe like water guns and write on them with a Sharpie, "We had a BLAST in Third Grade!" Then, we go outside and have this huge third grade water fight.
    It's a GREAT way to spend one of those last days in the last week. The kids love it!!

  10. I teach kindergarten. I buy buckets at Michaels for $1.00. With a permanent marker I print in bubble letters, I dig kindergarten. I write their name on the back of the hanging shovel. Then we have a signing party and everyone signs each buckey. I put bubbles, sidewalk chalk, a jumprope,& sunglasses in the bucket. All from the Dollar Tree. Some years I have gotten beach balls. I write 'We had a ball in Kindergarten. Everyone signs the balls.

  11. I teach second grade and I made "Fun Pads" for my students. Its a pad of paper with different literacy and math games they can do anywhere (in the car, restaurant, home,at pool, etc.). They turned out quite cute. I used a special glue that bound all the pages and it had a cardboard back too!

  12. What a great idea! Thanks for starting this. I need some ideas and can't wait to see what everyone posts!

  13. I taught second this year but I've taught pre-k, k, and 1st. I have an end of the year poem I made up I put in a cute paper bag with fun things that I list in the poem. Like band aids, bookmarks, pencils, a book, beach ball, etc. thanks for the ideas!

  14. Great idea! How will you attach the cute card to the beach balls?

    1. I put the beach balls and a book I had bought my kiddos in a small gift bag. I glued the tag on the bag. I got a pack of 6 gift bags for about $2 at Target.

  15. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. I'm off to Target tomorrow after school :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  16. Thanks for making this linky party! I was desperately looking for ideas tonight and found some great ones! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  17. Yay! Indeed I second (or 17th) the sentiment - great Linky party. Thanks for hosting!

    Tangled with Teaching

  18. I do the beach ball as well. I've also been trying to think of other things to include. Thanks for hosting the linky.

    The Teacher's Backpack

  19. Sorry I missed the linky party. I did post an end of year idea/gift on my blog at if anyone would like to see it. I teach grade 6.

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  21. I loved the summer summer poem. Wish the date was editable. I couldn't figure out how too so that it could be used for more years

    1. Thanks for the reminder. I just updated it on TPT so it has this year on it.

  22. I used these (Have a Ball This Summer!) two years ago at the end of the school year, and I am using them again! I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing! :)
    ♥ Dawn


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