I decided to make a small gift for our swim instructors. They work so hard day in and day out to teach the kids such an important skill and I don’t think they get thanked very often.
For the last month, swim lessons took over our days. Pumpkin took lessons for the whole month. Snowflake took 2 weeks of lessons.Pumpkin came soo close to being an independent swimmer and is so frustrated that she is not quite there. I think she did fantastic for her age and for never having lessons prior to this. Snowflake really worked hard on polishing some strokes and learning others. She especially worked hard on breathing to the side during freestyle. Both of them worked really hard and had great teachers.
Here is what I came up with – a cute tin filled with goodies.
I started with a blue tin pail from…where else…Target’s dollar spot. I used pails like these in the teacher gifts and to make a pretty flower bouquet gift as well.
I also found a ‘lollipop’ in the dollar spot that was really 50 pony tail holders. I knew both swim instructors would like those as they always had their hair up. In addition, the dollar spot also held some ‘Star Student’ medals that could also be opened and customized any way you wanted. After finding those great starting items, we wandered to the candy aisle to find some other goodies to fill the tins and thank our instructors.
To actually make the tins, first, I filled the tin with a base of Tootsie Rolls. I added the fish and ‘Spalsh’ gum on top of that. Then it was a bit of work to make the medal and the pony holders fit and look sort of nice. It was a lot to fit in the little tin. I probably should have bought one of the bigger tins, but we really wanted the blue because it reminded us of the water.
Above: Snowflake working on her kicks and looking cute on the left. Pumpkin looking cute and finally getting the ring from the bottom of the pool! She worked so hard to get that ring – 4 weeks worth of work. She was so proud to get it!!
I made signs for the tins as well as the insert to go in the medals for the instructors. We thought the medals were perfect since our lessons were going on during the Olympics.
Just for you, should you want to make a gift for your swim instructor, you can download the tags and inserts I made for the tins and for the medals. I have made them in two forms. One has no year on it, so if you are reading this later it will still be usable. The other has ‘Summer 2012’ on it, for those who might be making this during the remaining weeks of summer 2012.
I hope you have some great swim instructors, to whom you can give this gift as they teach your children to swim like fishes!