Today I sent home gifts for parents and gifts for chickadees. For parents, I made rice krispie "truffles". Simply rice krispie treats made into a ball and drizzled with chocolate. Then I put them in some polka-dot bags and attached a note. Quite simple, but the kids were excited to deliver them:-)
For my chickadees, I found fun pencils at Target. (I used to love these as a kid).
Then I put together memory books. The first page is the chickadee using words their classmates chose to describe them. Read this post for more info about that. The next page is an acrostic poem, using each students name. For the past month, part of our Circle of Friends routine was making an acrostic poem for a person in our class. I took all their thinking and added a picture.
After that first page is the memories everyone had of the year. I have them dictate to a parent and then I type them up. After they are all typed students illustrate their memory.