The next week I came up with what I personally thought was a brilliant project - gift card envelopes made from sparkly glitter felt (which I never even knew existed and was sure they would all adore), sewn with yarn to shut them and decorated with other felt scraps to make various Christmasy scenes. The projects turned out adorably, but the problems I had with them were holy crap do you know how expensive those little plastic needles are ($1.50 EACH! EACH! Highway robbery!) and most of them were freaked out by the sewing process. But no time like the present to learn, I figured, and we forged ahead. Several teachers walked by our designated area while we were working on them and expressed hope that they might receive one as a gift, so overall I think it was a moderate success. The best part of this class by far for the girls was when I broke every school rule imaginable and taught them to play Silent Bomb with a skein of yard after everyone was finished with the project. Eva was able to wear her "My Mom Rocks" shirt with pride that next day for sure.
The day of the last class I spent the morning happy dancing for joy in between preparing an easy project that would meet the class's demand to make "something beautiful" for their final class. When they had requested this at the end of our rousing game of Silent Bomb, I was somewhat insulted, thinking we already had made all sorts of beautiful things, but quickly remembered they are 6-8 years old and when they say they want to make something beautiful, this translates to "Lady, you need to bring us only flowered fabrics and if you leave that bag of jewels at home, you can just stay home yourself." So we made notecards out of fabric and jewels. Simple, easy, and everyone was happy.