Our school is very lucky to have parents who are willing to volunteer and help us in the classroom. We have parents help us in different ways: at lunch and recess, in the classroom, as room parents, as chaperones on field trips, and as Mystery Readers.
Our room parents will get a potted flower with the kids' thumbprints on it (they use sharpies to turn them into bees and ladybugs). I won't make those with them for a few more weeks (hate to get too far ahead!) I will try to post them once I get them made.
We like to thank our classroom volunteers each year. Some years we have had a special volunteer luncheon or tea but many parents were unable to attend. This year we are giving the volunteers certificates and a thank you magnet.
We make our magnets by printing out some cute clipart and using Mod Podge to attach the clipart to round clear glass marbles-the flat kind you use for the bottom of vases. We trace around each glass wafer so that they match perfectly. Once they dry, we use a glue gun to attach small magnets to the back of the clipart and wafer. They turn out pretty cute! I usually hand write a thank you note and stick the magnet in the envelopes.
I made some of the printable thanks (I made it in powerpoint so you can change it if you need to), in case you are looking for a small thank you for your volunteers! They would also look cute with pictures drawn by the kids. I was thinking it would be nice to do at the beginning of the year with the kid's pictures and the year (for hanging pictures on the fridge!).