With Christmas rapidly approaching and the bank balance taking a hammering why not put the kids to work and get them to make their Christmas Present for their teacher? We have pulled together 5 easy to make thoughtful gifts for teachers, and it might even keep them quiet for 5 minutes too!
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The Pastry Cutter Christmas Wreath (from The Good Food Magazine) So easy to make, this is a great gift that is so much better than your traditional box of chocolates!
You will need:
- A variety of pastry cutters of all shapes and sizes (around 20 -30 ought to do it)
- Clear string/ twine/fishing wire
- Arrange the cutters in a circle making sure you get a good fit
- Then use the string to tie the cutters together around the exterior of the circle
- Snip the ends of the string
- Using the ribbon, tie a large bow at the top of the wreath to finish and so that it can be hung up by this.
Festive Fudge(From the BBC Good Food Website) Easy for all ages to help with but make sure you are hands on when it comes to the boiling of the sugar!
You will need
- Oil for greasing
- 300ml milk
- 350g caster sugar
- 100g unsalted butter
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- Small clear plastic bags
- Brown luggage label
- Grease an 18cm square cake tin
- Put the milk, sugar and butter ina heavy based saucepan. Heat slowly, stirring all the rime, until the sugar has dissolved an the butter melted
- Bring to the boil and boil for 15-20 mins, stirring all the time
- When the mixture reaches the soft – ball stage (115o on a sugar thermometer), remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Leave to cool for 5 mins
- Beat in the mixture with a spoon for a few minutes until it starts to thicken and the gloss disappears.
- Pour into the prepared tin and leave to set at room temperature (do not put in the fridge)
- Once set, cut the fudge into spall squares and put into the clear small bags
- Tie each bag with ribbon and attach a luggage tag.
Pomander Ball (From Instructables.com) Really lovely for the little ones and lovely to do together
You will need
- An orange
- A Ribbon
- A pen (to make the holes for the cloves)
- Take your orange and carefully tie the ribbon around the orange dividing it in 4 with a big bow on the top of the orange.
- Then take a pen and in each quarter puncture holes in a random fashion
- Add one clove to each hole until the whole of the orange is covered.
- Leave to dry out and enjoy the beautiful Christmas aroma this produces.
Snow Globe Hot Chocolate (From Good Food Magazine Nov 2014) The only problem you are going to have with this is getting your children to actually give them away!
You will need
- 3 large white marshmallows
- Black and Orange icing pens
- 1 giant chocolate button
- 1 chocolate (for the Snowman’s hat!)
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp Horlicks Powder
- A handful of small marshmallows
- 1 cookie (that fits the bottom of the jam jar)
- 1 large jam jar or Kilner jar
- 3 strawberry laces
- 1 cocktail stick
- Brown luggage tag
- First make your marshmallow snowman
- Skewer the marshmallows together with a cocktail stick
- Put a little icing on the top marshmallow and stick the chocolate on top to make his hat
- Use the black icing pen to draw eyes and coal mouth on the top marshmallow to make a face
- Use the orange icing pen to draw the nose on the top marshmallow
- Use the black icing pen to draw three dots, for buttons, on the marshmallow stack
- Plait the three strawberry laces to make a scarf for the snowman
- Stick the Snowman to the cookie with a little more icing and leave to dry
- Mix the cocoa and Horlicks together and put in the bottom of the jam jar
- Put the Snowman on his cookie carefully in the jar on top of the chocolate powder mixture
- Scatter around mini marshmallows in the jar to look like snow
- Fasten the jar lid
- Tie with ribbon
- Add luggage tag with instructions on how to make hot chocolate with your Marshmallow Snowman for dunking!
Coloured Crimbo Pencil Vase(From Happyclippings.com) They will love making this, so easy to do.
You will need
- A container, such as a can
- Courled pencils
- A rubber band
- A ribbon
- A permanent marker
- Take the empty clean tin can and position about 8 of the pencils around it
- Secure with the elastic band
- Then add the rest of the pencils until the can is covered.
- Roll out enough ribbon to go all the way around the can and a bit extra so that you can tie a bow
- Why not decorate the ribbon so that it looks like a ruler, or perhaps with the ABC
- Tie the ribbon around the can so that it covers the elastic band.
- Put some water in the can
- Fill with flowers