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Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving

Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving
Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving
Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving
Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving
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I'm so excited about this product!

Every December I would struggle to come up with an idea for holiday gifts that my students could make for their families. Some of the obstacles I faced included time, cost, and level of difficulty. Many of my students came from non-traditional homes and would therefore need to produce more than one gift. Also, not all of my students celebrate the same holiday so I needed to come up with something that was versatile.

I did my fair share of snow, snowman, gingerbread, and other winter-themed projects. Knowing that my mother had saved each and every gift I brought home added additional pressure. However, as a parent myself I knew that people don't necessarily want to see some oversized, glittery object presented to them to be displayed and cherished for all eternity. I really wanted to come up with an idea that was practical, personal, and useful.

To quote the Grinch, I puzzled and puzzled till my puzzler was sore and then I thought of something I hadn't before...something perhaps that meant a little bit more.

I am so excited about my latest creation and hope you, your students, and their families will love it too. While it was designed as a holiday present, it could certainly be used at any time of year. They would also make wonderful and affordable gifts for your parent volunteers.

to create

Materials:
I used the plastic containers that Crystal Lite comes in. I sent out a request to my students' families and an email to the staff asking for empty containers and received a class supply within a week. You could also use brown paper lunch bags.

Directions:
Print one copy of the wrapper, the conversation starter cards and the prompt of your choice per student (or more if the student has a non-traditional family).
Have the student draw a family portrait in the frame.
Cut out the rectangle of the wrapper with the bold lines showing.
Trim the left and right end of the wrapper to remove the black line.
Wrap the label around your container and secure with glue or tape.
Optional: Have each student complete a writing prompt, trim, and attach to the back over the seam.
If time allows have the students decorate the question cards. Older learners may add their own questions to the blank cards. Have the students cut out the conversation starter cards.
Place the cards into the container, cover and wrap.
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On  March 20, 2014,  Deborah M. said:
I did this in December of 2012 with my students. They gave them to their parents for their Christmas gift. I received several compliments from parents!!
Thank you for taking the time to share it with us!!!
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Used for the first time as a holiday gift this year with my class. Made it simple and fun.
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Love this resource......and so have my students and their parents!
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On  January 8, 2014,  Jacalyn M. said:
Used this along with a jar we made and gave to parents. Students loved adding their own ideas too! Got positive feedback from parents about having dinner conversations with their child.
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We made these for our parent gifts and used plastic jars from oriental trading company and added scrapbooking paper and ribbon. They turned out so cute and the kids enjoyed coming up with their own questions to add. Thank you!
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This was a very creative and special Christmas gift for the parents. The students could not wait to give this to them!
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These turned out so great! I loved that they were easy and inexpensive to assemble and will encourage families to spend time together.
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On  December 22, 2013,  Frances C. said:
I used this as holiday gift from my students to their families. It came at the end of our social studies unit on families, culture and immigration. It was the perfect gift. My students loved the idea and spontaneously spent time together asking each other the questions!
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Great product to engage families, thanks!
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On  December 15, 2013Kristen Bagnola (TpT Seller) said:
These will make the perfect, simple holiday gift! Can't wait to have my kiddos assemble them this week.
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On  December 15, 2013,  Buyer said:
I have never done Christmas presents for parents from my students before but this is perfect! I am super excited to have the kids take these home:)
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On  December 13, 2013,  Buyer said:
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On  December 13, 2013,  Buyer said:
Thanks for the resource! I love the idea of doing something more than just another glittery ornament!
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On  December 12, 2013,  Sarah L. said:
I can't wait to send this home!
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On  December 9, 2013,  Kathaleen B. said:
My students love doing conversations after our morning calendar. What a great gift to send home with them for the holidays!
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On  December 5, 2013,  Michele K. said:
What an awesome idea!
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On  December 3, 2013Kristen Hill (TpT Seller) said:
Great resource!
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On  December 3, 2013,  Alice E. said:
This is what my class will make as a gift. I love it.
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Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving
Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving
Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving
Family Dinner Conversation Starters: A Gift That Keeps Giving