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I’ve already told you about how Lily and her cousin take weekly swimming lessons from Barb of Barb’s Personal Training. I am literally blown away by the progress these two have made since they started their lessons in the Fall. I had one main goal for Lily: to learn to swim in the most basic sense for her safety. Water safety is such an important skill for kids to learn. Back on that very first lesson, Lily had just gotten to the point where she would put her head under water. She couldn’t blow bubbles, didn’t know a swim stroke to save her life and definitely would never jump in or venture anywhere near the deep end.
Fast forward to today’s lesson: worked on her backstroke, breast stroke, practiced side breathing, glided like a mermaid, threw in a somersault for kicks. And that deep end and jumping in? Yeah, she’s over that fear:
So since this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, we wanted to give Miss Barb a gift just to say, “Thanks for being an awesome teacher!”
We decided to made a swim-themed present. The end result was incredibly cute and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you it took about 11 minutes to put together. The most time consuming part was designing the tag – which you can print for free for yourself (see below)!
You will need –
- mason jar (I used a pint-sized jar)
- Swedish Fish
- double sided tape
- ribbon with a cute pattern (made sure it will fit on your jar lid)
- paper shred
How to make –
- Use double sided tape to stick the ribbon to your jar lid.
- Throw some shred in the jar.
- Fill the jar with Swedish Fish.
- Put the lid on the jar.
- Wrap twine around the jar neck a few times. Tape end of string to jar and tape tag to the string. (You could also punch a hole on the tag and attach it to the string.)
You can print your own copy of this tag and personalize it for your child’s teacher: