It's not something I ever thought about doing before my son started school. But now I know I will do it every year. Not just provide a snack or plates for a party, but being there in person.
I know it's difficult if you work outside the home like I do, but I just treat it like a vacation day. I put it on my calendar and take that day off.
I have to admit, the reason I decided to do it was because both at the beginning of 1st grade and 2nd grade, at the parent information night, NO ONE had signed up to lead a craft or game on holidays. All the snacks were taken. All the drinks and cups and plates. But not one name for a craft or game.
Shoot, I thought. I could do that.
I LOVE it. Last year, I led the Valentine's Day heart shaped pipe cleaner glasses. This year it was toilet paper roll mummies for Halloween.
Here's what it does for me:
- Shows my kiddo in a tangible way I think what he does at school is important.
- Shows his teacher I'm committed and involved and that I support her (helps when I expect her to support me back).
- Allows me to know his classmates and them to know me.
- Makes me step outside of my comfort zone and do something new.
- Extra time with my kiddo!
- Makes the teacher and I part of the same team in a very real way. This team mentality is important on both ends.
- I get to see his classroom environment. My kiddo's class did a "brain break" to the Dinosaur Stomp and to Book Chicka Boom. It was absolutely freaking hilarious!
- I get an idea of what his teacher has to do day in and day out, and it makes me appreciate her more.
- A day off of work! Bonus!
- Several rolls of 2-inch gauze, the cheapie kind, cut in strips long enough to wrap several times around a toilet paper roll.
- One toilet paper roll per student.
- Assorted googly eyes. I chose ones in different colors and sizes from Dollar Tree so the kids could mix it up.
- Tape of some kind. I used gauze tape actually.
- Construction paper circles cut to fit the bottom of the tp roll.
- Construction paper mouths, pre-cut, or the kids could cut them.
- Construction paper arms, pre-cut, or the kids could cut them.
- Tape the circle on the bottom, tape well so candy doesn't fall through.
- Tape one end of the gauze at the bottom.
- Wrap gauze around to the top, overlapping it some each time around.
- Tape gauze at the top.
- Glue on eyes, arms and mouths.
- Fill with candy.
The best part though was seeing how each kid put their unique touch on their mummy. Take a look.
|My kiddo's cyclops with his favorite color, orange.|
|Hahahaha! Sad cyclops! This kid was so proud of it!|
|Hugging mummies! Girls made these, of course :)|
|Look, this girl had her purple-armed mummy put its hand on its hip.|
|Green eye and arm on one side, blue eye and arm on other side. Color-coordinated mummy. Oh, there's the hand-on-hip mummy in the background, hahahaha. I loved that.|
|These best buddies made theirs exactly the same!|
|That back one is the happiest, most colorful mummy I've ever seen.|