December 3rd, 2012
It’s that time of year again. Time to select teacher gifts for the teachers and staff at my kids’ schools. This activity always stresses me out and I probably put far more energy and anguish into it than is strictly necessary, but it’s important to me to get it right.
I’m still working on details of individual teacher presents, but this year, I hit on the idea of a “classroom gift” for Miss Mouse’s school. I wanted her to be able to share something with her class that they could use and enjoy. In the spirit of Montessori education, I wanted it to be something she was invested in and had helped create.
I decided to put together a pack of the recycled crayon stars that we created for the church Christmas bazaar. Miss Mouse loved making them and I was thrilled with how they turned out. We picked out about 10 of the coolest-looking ones for the project and boxed them up.
I wanted their container to be cute and couldn’t find anything ready-made that I liked, so we decorated our own. I bought a nicely-shaped cardboard box at Hobby Lobby and Miss Mouse and I decoupaged brightly-colored fabric scraps to the outside. This might seem like a crazy amount of work, but I happen to love decoupage. I find it very therapeutic and I didn’t mind dedicating some time to it.
Miss Mouse had a blast helping me and we spent a companionable hour or two together at the dining room table, listening to Christmas music, and gluing fabric bits. Decoupage done this way is very kid-friendly because it’s flexible. I let Miss Mouse go first, then filled in gaps when she was done. The result was way cute and very personal. I love it!