“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Father's Day Ideas...you can save them for next year!


I wasn't going to write a post about what we did for Father's day this year...I thought there were probably a LOT of great ideas already going around...and we didn't get it finished until the end of the day on Friday!  BUT...they turned out so well I can't help but show them to you.

A few months ago I was walking around (read: picking up tons of stuff I have no idea what I will do with but I MUST HAVE) at Dollar Tree when I saw some plain wooden frames.  I snatched up a class set of them, knowing I would come up with something to use them for.

Fast forward a few weeks...I keep seeing really cute pictures on Facebook of students with their names on them in fonts.  You have probably seen these pictures too...the kids are standing against a brick wall and they have information superimposed on top of the picture.  I thought to myself "that would be an awesome father's day gift!"  I knew I could have the kids paint the frames and then I would put in a their picture as a gift for their dad.

Well as time and nature would have it...I did not have enough time to realize that plan.  I had a report card deadline looming, and not enough time, patience or skill to take the pictures, upload them to Picasa, edit them, print them, etc.  I was left with a conundrum...til I remembered Tagxedo.  We used it earlier in the year to create "character trait" collages when we were reading the novel Wonder.



I was fortunate in that most of students remembered how to use Tagxedo, a few even kept the handouts I had given them earlier in the year.  If you would like a copy of these HOW TO pdfs click HERE and HERE.  This made the process much faster.  

I had the students enter in all the words they could think of to describe their father into Tagxedo.  They then chose an image from the list of premade images (a few even remembered how I had uploaded custom images for Wonder) and created their word picture.  After saving them and resizing them using the free online photo editor Picasa we printed them sized to fit the 5 x 7 frames I had purchased.

Later in the week, I had the students use craft store acrylic paint to create a custom colour for their frame and we painted them using sponge brushes.  Acrylic paint is great in that it dries really quickly and the students were able to do more than one coat and have it dry in less than an hour.

We added the custom made Tagxedo word clouds to the custom painted frames and VOILA!











I hadn't intended to wrap the gifts for the students but they did such an amazing job that I went back to another local store (Dollarama) and purchased plain butcher paper gift bags and some red and blue tissue paper.  


I also printed out some super cute father's day gift tags.  Along with the card we made this made a super present that I think any father would cherish for many years to come.






5 comments:

  1. That is an amazing idea. I will definitely be making those next year! I love the handprint ones especially. Thanks for sharing.
    Growing Little Learners

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  2. They are AWESOME!!! Thanks so much for sharing, Sidney! Just pinned this for next year!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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  3. They look amazing and I LOVE the Wonder project! Bet you made tons of fathers smile today!

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  4. Thank you SO much for the shout out! :) What cute gifts!!

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  5. These are awesome! I love that they each got to make their own!

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