Last week we sent our Father's Day gifts home. I know that many of you do not teach in the month of June, but for those of us who do, Father's Day gifts are pretty important.
There's a few things I really like about this gift. Firstly, it's really easy for a child to choose to give this gift to any loved one. Some children do not live with, or see their fathers so they can choose to give it to their Mom, or Grandpa, or Uncle because it doesn't actually say anything about Dad on the gift, it just says "I love you to pieces".
First I took a picture of the student holding the sign which says "I love you to pieces". They were in front of a black background so that the child's photo had more contrast.
Second, I cut out the picture frame from cardboard boxes. I usually save pieces of corrugated cardboard boxes and cut them up into small pieces. These ones were 8 x 10 inches. I used a box cutter to cut the opening from the middle to create the frame. The kids painted the frames with tempera paint.
Third, the kids painted the backsides of old puzzle pieces. You know when you lose a few pieces then a puzzle is useless? Well I save them for art projects. I set out the pieces and 6 colours of paint and asked the kids to each paint 10 pieces in random colours. Then I let them dry and had the kids randomly chose some of them to glue onto their frames. I also gave them some foam sports stickers that I bought last year on clearance.
Finally, I glued the photos to the back of the dried frames and voila!
It's really easy, and very cheap.