Are you hoping to reward your Pre-K students at the end of your raccoon themed lesson plan? Have you already decided on a list of great goodies yet? GiftTree fruit gift baskets delivered to your doorstep is great, isn’t it? If not, you may want to take a look at one of these:
Why not give each of the kids a raccoon finger puppet? You could opt to purchase readymade puppets or make your own. Two of the retailers that sell the readymade versions are Stuffed Safari and Puppet U. Each one is apt to cost you $7 apiece. Therefore, I’d recommend making your own. If you do decide to go that route, there is an adorable raccoon finger puppet template and assembly instructions posted on the Dream a Little Bigger website. The template is free. As such, you’ll only need to purchase some felt sheets and thread.
Pencils and Homemade Toppers
Still feeling crafty? Why not make the children a handful of raccoon pencil toppers to go along with a few Owl and Raccoon Artist Pencils? The pencils are often sold through specialty stores for $8 a dozen. You can find instructions for making the raccoon pencil toppers posted on the Craft Junior website.
In order to make them, you’ll need a bag of chenille stems, wiggle eyes and pompoms. You can typically purchase those items through most major craft stores and some discount retailers for a reasonable fee. Once you become familiar with the instructions, assembly of each topper should take you less than 10 minutes.
Homemade Pencil Cases
Speaking of pencils and toppers, you may want to think about creating a few raccoon pencil cases too. In order to make the goodies, you’ll need canvas pencil cases, iron-on transfer sheets, raccoon clip art, a clothes iron and access to a printer. Oftentimes, you can purchase a dozen, blank, canvas pencil cases for $10 through craft stores and specialty shops. A packet of Avery Stretchable Fabric Transfers is apt to cost you $13 through office supply stores. As far as the raccoon clip art goes, it’s free. You can find some posted on the Classroom Clipart website.
Once you have all of your supplies in one spot, use your home computer and printer to transfer the raccoon clip art to the iron-on paper. Then use your clothes iron and the paper to transfer the raccoon’s image to each pencil case. Should you still have questions about how to use the paper, check out the packaging itself. It typically contains detailed instructions on how to make and apply the transfers to various surfaces.
Photo Frame Magnets
Lastly, Camp Raccoon Photo Frame Magnets are another goodie to consider. The only downside to using the frames as gifts is that you’ll need to assemble them yourself. The foam frames and cut-out are typically sold as part of a craft kit through retailers like Oriental Trading. On average, enough supplies to make a dozen magnetic frames will cost you $8. Assembly is easy and should take you less than 15 minutes per frame. Afterward, you’ll need to let the glue dry overnight.