The first is something that a lot of you probably do, too. I have the kids draw self portraits of themselves on the first day of school. It's a great way to assess their fine motor skills, name writing and attention to detail and it's something that all the kids can be successful at, regardless of their ability level. I tuck away the finished portraits then we do a companion portrait on the last day of kindergarten. I mount them on a large piece of construction paper, laminate them and send them home as a keepsake. (Grab a copy below.)
The second activity is a parent favorite. I found a post on proteacher a few years ago about making a magnet to hang work on the fridge. I made a little graphic with the poem and some clipart. I photocopy onto cardstock and then have the kids each decorate one. (They draw a little picture of whatever they want in the little paper - coloring pencils work best - and then color the rest however they choose.) Then, I laminate the circles and hot glue a clothespin with a magnet onto the back. Voila! Now you have a refrigerator magnet with a built in clip to hang papers. If you want to give it a try, just click below the picture!
Have great night!