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Christmas is looming and I thought I would save you time by sharing five great class presents at Christmas time.
Now there is absolutely no need to buy presents for the children in your class, and nobody should feel that they have to do this. However, I know that many teachers like to do this, so I want to help them to get great value for their money.
As a wee bonus, I have also sourced a great value gift for you or perhaps for a present for a friend.
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Reading for fun!
I don't know about you, but Ladybird books just bring back so many happy memories about my childhood. I then loved reading them to my own children and took great pleasure from seeing them begin to read them by themselves.
This collection of Ladybird books has a wide range of titles which will appeal to many young readers, and work out at only 67p per book. These books could even be shared between a couple of classes, making even better value class presents.
Julia Donaldson is another author whose books I just love -in our house, we are only missing one from this fantastic collection which is currently on offer at just over £1 per book..
A bag of goodies always goes down well with children, so what about popping in some of these fun and useful pressies, adding up to only 70p in total for all 4 gifts. Clicking on each picture will take you directly to the product page.
A simple pen
Or what about this for a fab class present? I remember having one of these Bic 4 colour pens as a child and loving that I could change the colours so quickly. I bet many primary children would love one of these and they offer great value at around £1 per pen.
Or you may love them for your own planning. I have a traditional coloured one and also a gorgeous pastel one, that makes my planning look much prettier!
My Cut Costs at Christmas course can help you to get organised more quickly and cheaply than ever before, yet still have your best Christmas ever
Throw and catch
Children don't play throw and catch games as often as many of us would when we were growing up. This is impacting badly on their co-ordination skills and on their ability to learn in class.
A tennis ball each, combined with a throwing and catching challenge, would be fun for them and would help them to improve their skills. At under £1 each these tennis balls would make great presents for your children..
Challenge for older primary pupils. They should do the whole thing without dropping the ball. If they drop they start at number 1 again and do 7 of them.
- Throw the ball against the wall, let it bounce then catch it x 7
- Throw the ball against the wall, catch it before it bounces x 6
- Bounce the ball on the ground and catch it x 5
- Throw the ball at the ground, make it bounce off the wall and catch it x 4
- Pass the ball under your leg, bounce it off the wall and catch it x 3
- Throw the ball at the wall, spin round and catch it after one bounce x 2
- Throw the ball at the wall, spin round and catch it before it bounces x 1
I do this challenge with my secondary pupils and they love it!
Simple, and cheap
A fantastic suggestion that I saw recently was set of personalised baubles for your class - a cheap, and wonderful pressie, which can be used on the tree in subsequent years and bring back lovely memories of being in your class. At approximately £3 for 30 baubles, all you need is a Metallic Sharpie and you have a class worth of pressies for around £5.
A wee extra suggestion
I saw this suggestion on a Facebook group and thought it was a lovely idea, so decided to share it here. What about sponsoring an animal, child or project, through a charity like UNICEF or Oxfam, instead of buying a gift for each child? It would be a wonderful way of spreading some love and kindness at that time of year, to those less fortunate.
Also, if you are a UK based teacher, don't forget that you are able to claim back tax on union fees and professional subscriptions.
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I hope that, if you wish to buy your class presents, these ideas have saved you some time and some money.
Hi, I’m Eileen Adamson, Your Money Sorted coach, helping female teachers to become happier, healthier and wealthier. By showing you how to make small, sustainable changes, I can help you create the time, freedom and financial security you deserve.