I offered to help with my daughters 5th grade Valentine’s party—I am in charge of the activity. What to do with 11 year olds? Something that wasn’t “lame”…and maybe something they would actually enjoy doing and holding onto when they were done.
So I thought of these…

A t shirt…custom made by them…I call it a “Pat on my Back” t shirt…

Everyone using a different color makes for a colorful shirt ;) I bought 25 hanes size boys large shirts (they were about $6 a package…

They can trace their own hands on the back of the shirt with a sharpie marker (first place a newspaper in between so it doesn’t bleed through..) and write their name above their hands…

or place a baggie in there…just so it doesn’t bleed through…

I will give them each a page of adjectives…all nice words (it is Valentines after all!)
They will use their own marker and go around to each classmates shirt and write one nice adjective on the back….in a sense giving their classmate a “pat on the back”….they will be challenged to not use the same word more then a couple times…that way everyone ends up with a unique one of a kind shirt—to feel good about!
And they are colorful too!

Heat set the marker by placing it in the dryer prior to washing. Sharpie should last—may fade a bit…but it should last fine.

Also…A BIG SHOUT out to Remodelaholic today! They will be featuring my entire stair project (bless them for getting it all in one post!) holy pictures Batman!! Thanks so much for the feature. So rewarding to see my hard work being recognized and highlighted on such a fabulous blog!!!!

Sharing…Backyard Eden, 733

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. My son is in 5th grade alo this would be a great end of the year activity, thank you for sharing.

  2. Fantastic idea! Going to remember this for "someday"!!!

  3. Terrific idea! Oh and congratulations on your 'feature' :)

  4. Humm not only for 5th graders .. think it could work with Senior Citizens too .. Thanks for the inspiration.

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