End of Year Hallway Poem and Keychain

Look no further for an amazing end of the year poem and keychain to give your students to celebrate the year together. This teacher created poem and activity will let your students know just how special this year has been to you. This FREE download has all of the directions you need to create a memorable end of the year gift.

It happens often in the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook group – someone shares something and teachers go crazy for it! Diana Moore wrote this AMAZING poem for her students and made these amazing keychains using a American Sign Language Love You charm for them to keep. Such an amazing end of year gift for her students.

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Diana printed her poem on cardstock and ordered her supplies on Amazon.

  • ASL Love You Charm (https://amzn.to/2Tvp9oJ). There are lots to pick from and if you are lucky you can find packs of 20 or so in stock.
  • Keychains (https://amzn.to/2ZsSSCE). There are also lots of pick from and you should be able to find the ring and chain in bulk for fairly cheap.

But if you are anything like Simply Kinder, you work last minute. We searched and searched and could not find charms in town and shipping was taking about month to get them ASL charms. So while we waited in line outside in 100 degree heat at Joanns we came up with another way to make them. SHRINKY DINKS!

We have done several projects with Shrink paper here on Simply Kinder and so it seemed like a great work around for the metal charms.

Here’s what you need:

  • Printable Shrink Paper (https://amzn.to/3ggWHAM): there are lots of choose from, but we picked ours up at Joannes for another project last year.
  • Hole puncher
  • Keychains (https://amzn.to/2ZsSSCE). There are also lots of pick from and you should be able to find the ring and chain in bulk for fairly cheap.

To make them:

  1. Print the ASL hands onto the Shrink Paper. Follow printing instructions for the paper you can get your hands on. (Keep reading for the printable).
  2. Cut the circles out and punch a hole. You don’t want your hole to be TOO close to the end but you also don’t want it to be in the puncher as far as it will go.
  3. Bake your charms. Follow the instructions on the package. (They will curl and shrivel up but leave them to keep baking and they will flatten out. We also press a paper plate on top of them right when they come out to make them stay flat. TEST, TEST, TEST it to make it work for you!)
  4. Attach the keychain.

Teachers are LOVING these and coming up with their own ways to give this poem to their students.

Thank you Mrs. Montoya for sharing this version here.

Diana also made us a version below for students who are moving! (Isn’t she the BEST).

We then used a glue dot to attach them to Diana Moore’s poem. Isn’t it just ADORABLE?

We made this file editable so you can add your name to it at the end. Make sure it opens in Adobe (click here for troubleshooting our editable resources).

CLICK HERE to download the printable versions of this activity.

A HUGE thank you do Diana Moore for writing and sharing this poem with our teachers. You can click here to see her full directions on this project.

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