Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Gift

Today, the students in my class enjoyed making a gift for their moms for Mother's Day. I waited for the 40% of sale of beads at Michael's and purchased a combination of clear, silver, and multi-colored glass beads and clear, stretchy string. I was happy to see that at the check out, they gave me another 15% off for being a teacher!

I set a piece of felt at each table spot. I gave each student a baggie with enough beads to make a bracelet for their mother. The bag included a piece of the stretchy string. The students placed one of the larger beads in the center of the string. I told them to place their string on the felt like a "U" so that the bead in the center was pointing downward.
We then invited in their fourth grade buddies. Some of the beads were a little small, so they were a little tricky to work with. The only directions given were to make sure not to place the same type or size or color of bead together. These came out really beautiful when the students were encouraged to use a colored, then a silver, then a clear bead.
The kindergartener chose what bead they wanted to come next. They placed it on one side of the bracelet. The fourth grade buddy found a matching sized bead and placed it on the other side. They did this until all beads were placed on the string. They were encouraged to not pick it up when they were finished. If they do this, they could accidentally pull one side and dump their beautiful handiwork.

I went around to each spot and tied the bracelet off. It would have been nice to be able to use a real clasp, but this would have taken an incredible amount of time to complete for 22 bracelets, so I opted to just tie it off. The bracelet string is stretchy so it should nicely fit each mother.
Each bracelet turned out differently because of the color combination of the glass beads. The students were so pleased that they created this for their mothers! I then had them wrap their bracelet up in the felt piece and place it in a bag they decorated for the gift.

In case you missed it, I am giving you the links to my FREE Mother's Day activity. You can find it by clicking on the picture.

I also have a book I created that you can purchase for $2.25 in my store. The pages are not numbered so if you only want to complete one or two of the pages to give as a gift, you can. If you'd like to see it, you can click on this picture.
Enjoy!

 

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