Gifts from the Whole Class

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Gifts from the Whole Class
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages school-age

Who says money doesn't grow on trees? Sow a giving tree by surrounding a potted plant — we used a schefflera — with a grouping of card stock envelopes shaped like flowers. In the openings, slip gift cards donated by students in the class, then ask each contributor to write a short thank-you note on theirs.


Or, for an all-natural way to say thanks for helping kids thrive, you can give a crate of flower bulbs.

Download Gifts from the Whole Class Template

What you'll need

  • FOR THE GIVING TREE:
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Floral wire (we used 18-gauge)
  • Card stock
  • Envelope
  • Glue
  • Houseplant
  • FOR THE CRATE OF BULBS:
  • Flower bulbs
  • Gardening supplies (gloves, trowel)
  • Old fruit box

How to make it

  1. SOW A GIVING TREE:   To make each stem, use the pliers to bend the end of a length of floral wire into a spiral.

  2. For the envelope, download our template. Fold the card stock, then trace and cut out a flower, as shown. Glue the edges to form a pocket.

  3. Push the stems into the soil and add a flower with a gift card to each.

  4. Gifts from the Whole Class - Step 4

    GIVE A CRATE (OR A BARREL!) OF BULBS:   Ask each student to bring in two or three summer-blooming flower bulbs, such as dahlias or gladiolas. Pack the bulbs — along with gardening gloves, a trowel, and a gift card to a garden center — in an old fruit box or the like. A teacher can't help but remember the class when the flowers bloom.

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