It’s that time of year again, when the fliers start coming around collecting money for teacher gifts. And collecting for teachers’ gifts–on top of other household expenses–can really put a strain on your budget.
Why not get a little digital with your kids this year and give words as a gift?
Words are celebrated with Wordle, and I love it. Words are art with Wordle.
In the attempt to create word conscious, word-loving kiddos, celebrating words this way is a fun and cool way of sharing messages of thanks with people you care about.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Give Words as a Gift–Word Conscious Kids Use Wordle: I discovered Wordle about a year or two ago, and I’ve been in love ever since.
Wordle is simply a free site that creates collages out of words. “Word Clouds” is what they call what they create.
And you can enter single words manually or you can cut and paste a paragraph, or you can paste in a url.
I entered http://teachmama.com and I came up with the following wordle designs:
And I clicked ‘randomize’ and came up with the following design for the same url:
The more times a word is entered, the larger it becomes.
I totally love it.
Really, the whole process is so simple. I asked Maddy, Owen, and Cora to brainstorm a list of ten words that came to mind when they thought of Nanny and then again for Grandma.
Cora works on her list of words that come to mind when she thinks of her Nanny. . .
. . . and though Nanny is not tall by any means, I guess she’s tall to Cora.
Though I think this is a great exercise when talking about parts of speech, my focus for this gift of words was not to creat a Wordle of just adjectives.
I really wanted it to be more like a word splash–any and every word that the kids thought of when they thought about their grandmas.
More like a burst of happiness coming from the kids.
Maddy and Owen’s lists for their Nanny
The cool thing about this words as gifts exercise is that the kids came up with repeated words for their Nanny and Grandma, so those words appear larger on the final product.
Together, we decided on the layout we liked best, and then I clicked ‘print’. Instead of printing, I saved the design as a pdf.
That way, I had more control over the size. I wanted to add designs to 5 x 7 frames for the final gift; I think they turned out so cool.
Design number one. . .
. . . and design number two. Both grandmas LOVED them!
Though we gave them as Mother’s Day gifts, I think Wordles are super-awesome for other things as well.
- end-of-the-year teacher gifts–use student names or memories or adjectives to describe the teacher
- gifts for camp counselors
- gifts for campers–each person shares a favorite camp memory
- party favors or shower gifts
- positive message reminders
- summer fun Wordles instead of summer fun cards
- end-of-summer book lists of books read
- family re-caps of reunions, vacations, or events
Printed it out as a pretty reminder of what we covered. . .
And that’s it. Simple, pretty, personalized gifts for loved ones and another way to help our digital kids play with words.
Have any other ideas for Wordles? Share ’em! Dying to know!