Five fantastic presents for your class
Christmas is looming and I thought I would save you some research time by sharing five great presents for your class 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 and 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, so it’s only actually 4 presents for your class………and one for you!
Reading for fun!
Dr Seuss has been a long time favourite of mine. Bedtime stories were always a treat for me too if the kids choose a Dr Seuss book. Better than blooming Richard Scarry – oh I hated those books! Anyhow back to Dr Seuss – there is an amazing deal on a collection of his books just now, working out at £1.00 per book. (Please note that these books are 16cm x 11.5cm, so slightly smaller than a ladybird book)
Julia Donaldson is another author whose books I just love – I think, in our house, we are only missing one from this fantastic collection which is currently on offer.
For pupils aged between 4 – 7 there is a wonderful collection of stories in this Start Reading collection, at only 52p per book.
Who remembers the Rubix cube? I spent hours and hours learning it and could eventually do it (without peeling off stickers!). My sister and I even used to race to see who was fastest – remember that Lou? Pretty sure it was me! This Lanlan 2×2 Black puzzle magic cube is a mini version and I think that kids would love the challenge, without it being as difficult as the traditional Rubix cube. They are £1.81 each and would be great for keeping them off screens for a while and getting their brain in action. What about a class challenge to see who can do it after Christmas?
Bag of goodies
A bag of goodies always goes down well with children, so what about popping in some of these fun and useful pressies which add up to 69p in total for all 4 gifts. Clicking on each picture will take you directly to the product page.
I remember having one of these 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 only 25p per pencil. If you wanted to add these too, your goodie bag would still cost less than £1.
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 only 54p 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!
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.
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.
What about a wee treat for you?
Now that you have done some shopping for your class, I spotted this last night and thought it would be a great good value Christmas present or a wee treat for yourself!
Hurrah for Gin
A complete bargain at £3.99, reduced from £12.99. I have been looking forward to reading it, having followed her on Facebook for quite a while and finding her VERY funny!
If you have found this post useful, then you might enjoy my Change at Christmas Challenge, which is designed to help remove the stress of Christmas, as well as help you to spend less money, while still having a wonderful Christmas.
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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.
I am Eileen Adamson, a Your Money, Sorted coach, working online with UK based women, helping them to develop a better relationship with money. By gaining an understanding of how their personality affects the decisions they make, I can help them to implement changes which will allow them to feel calm, positive and confident that they are in control and making good financial decisions. I can then support them to put into place simple strategies that will allow them to manage their finances effectively on a daily basis and create a stable, secure and exciting future for themselves.