I know I am a day late and a dollar short, but I had GREAT success with my Valentine's Day student gift. You can use it next year, or for another time (like the end of the year, beginning of the year, etc)
I LOVE Pinterest (you can follow me through my button to your right), because there are SO many valuable hints, ideas, etc from great people! I saw a pin with a simple rock and 2 googly eyes. The note included a stamp which said "You Rock". I thought that was TOO cute!
Here is my step by step version.
Materials: rocks (outside or from a bag)
pink construction paper
note from computer
glue (I used Elmer's)
I didn't have a stamp, so I created a quick note on the computer. I added the hearts after I printed it and before I copied it onto pink construction paper:
Here are my rocks. I had GREAT FUN choosing where to glue the eyeballs. Hint: choose a fun place like down to one side, etc. Each rock has it's own personality!
Here is what I gave to my students:
This last one was my favorite. I kept it. :)
Needless to say, these were a HUGE hit with not only my class of 3rd and 4th graders, but also to 5th - 8th graders. When I gave some to the older students, their eyes lit up. I heard thank you many times over. It's nice to look a student in the face and say, "You Rock!". That's what I did when I placed one into their hands. They all beamed in response.
The eyes stay on pretty good, unless you handle the rock constantly. I initially tried my hot glue gun, but the eyes peeled off immediately. Elmer's glue works. But then, I'm an adult who leaves their rock friends alone. :)