Monday, June 13, 2011

Classmate Gifts: Aloha Preschool!

So, I'm in denial this week, but my oldest is done with preschool in 4 days.  Kindergarten here we come!
His sweet teacher is buying each of her 12 students a beach bag and putting in gifts from each child to the other children in the class.  The gifts are supposed to be affordable and summer specific.
I found a great, CHEAP gift idea from two sources--both which I listed on my Friday Favorites lately.

Fakin It gave us a great way to package up Kool Aid packets and straws so classmates could have a "kool" summer.  The week after, Crystal and Company shared some great homemade snow cone syrup recipes.  I loved the one she gave us from Skip to My Lou, because it used Kool aid packets!  Genius!  I combined the two ideas and packaged the gift up in a coordinating tumbler.

First, I found Kool Aid packets for 15 cents each at Target.  Then, I found red, yellow and orange straws at Target.  I couldn't find the cute swirly straws I wanted, but I'll be on the hunt for next year!  I also found four red tumblers for 1 dollar at Target--gotta love the dollar bin.  Then I grabbed some scrapbook paper at Michael's and made a cute class gift.

I didn't have the pattern for the scrapbook paper wrap (mentioned in Fakin It), so I just measured around the Kool Aid packet and cut a window in the paper to see the Kool Aid through.  Then I taped some straws to the inner flap and glued it shut.

On the reverse, I glued the snow cone recipe and a little message for each child in my son's class.  I stuffed each packet into a tumbler and gave them to the teacher to put in each beach bag.  Voila!  Each gift cost me a little over a dollar, and it turned out very cute!

Have a "kool" summer!


  1. Great idea and even better easy :) Thanks for sharing!! I can totally relate! We are hosting a link party called “Help a Momma Out” on our blog today! This would be an awesome link up! Please feel free to add it! We appreciate it! :)


  2. What a wonderful idea! This looks easy like even I could do it =) I found you via the blog hop. You have a CUTE blog!!

  3. Super idea! I love cheap ideas for things like that, it can get expensive when you are doing a whole class! Perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nice! I was wondering where those straws in the pantry came from...

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