Throughout the school year I like to surprise students with a little something extra special to recognize their hard work and effort, improved behavior, achievement of a milestone like learning all of their sight words or numbers to 100, or to celebrate the completion of a big project on which they worked very hard or testing/assessment. You would be surprised how much a simple trinket with a positive, encouraging note means to a young child and how important it is to them that you noticed their efforts. I have even given a few to fellow teachers who have helped or inspired me or just need a smile and to know someone cares.
Over the years I have collected a number of ideas. I’m listing some of my favorites. If you like the tags used in the pictures you can find them here.
I’m Proud of You for Pushing Through and Not Giving Up Student Gift Tag
Attach this gift tag to a Push Pop and you have the perfect reward for a student that has been working hard towards a goal or a student that may have been struggling with a concept but stuck with it and mastered it. I also used this after we completed a STEM project in which the students had to try many different strategies before hitting on the one that worked. I like how this phrase supports a growth mindset!
Good Job Pudding Forth Your Best Effort Student Gift Tag
This is a student favorite! Attach this cute pudding cup tag to the top of a pudding cup to acknowledge students who have worked hard and done their best.
Your “Paws-itive” Attitude is a Real Treat! Student Gift Tag
This tag and the next are personal favorites 🙂 I attach this tag to a small baggie filled with Scooby Doo Graham Cracker Sticks and use it to acknowledge students who stayed positive while struggling with a difficult task or worked well on a team or with a partner.
Your “Paws-itive” Behavior is a Real Treat Student Gift Tag
Attach this tag to a baggie filled with Scooby Doo Graham Cracker Sticks and reward students’ good behavior. I have used this as a class reward after field trips where my class exhibited good behavior and manners and also after school celebrations or events where they were very well behaved.
You’re a Sharp Student and You are “Write” on Track Pencil Topper Tags
My students love getting new pencils and these pencil topper tags make them extra special!
I’m “Cereal-sly” Proud of You! Student Gift Tag
Show students that you are proud of them with this cute student gift tag that can be easily attached to a cereal cup that students can take home or attached to a baggie filled with cereal for students to enjoy at school.
I’m Lucky to Have You as a Student Tag
Attach this tag to a baggie filled with Lucky Charms cereal and you have a cute St. Patrick’s Day gift for your students. This can also be used at the beginning of the school year, at open house, or Meet the Teacher Night.
It’s “O-fish-al”! Your Work is “Fin-tastic”! Student Gift Tag
I like to use this student gift as a special treat for students after they have completed a big project that we have worked on for many days such as a presentation or book. It’s also great to use if you have been doing an ocean theme or project! Attach it to a bag of Goldfish crackers or Swedish Fish.
You Had a Marvelous & Magnificent Week! and You Did a Marvelous & Magnificent Job! M&Ms Student Gift
Reward good behavior or a job well done with these M&M student tags.
I’m Proud of Your “Commit-MINT” to Your Work! Student Gift Tag
Attach this tag to a Peppermint Patty, box of Junior Mints, or a bag of Andes Candies or peppermints to show students that you are proud of their hard work.
Have I Told You “Reese-ently” You are Doing Great Work? Student Gift Tag
This is another favorite of mine and my students (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite candy!). You can choose to attach the tag to a single peanut butter cup or a double pack like the one shown. I like to give these out for our fall celebration but they can be used anytime during the year as a student reward.
I’m Thrilled to Pieces About Your Progress! Student Gift Tag
I can’t help but think of E.T. when I use this tag lol (if you have seen the movie you will understand). Attach it to a snack size bag of Reese’s Pieces and use it to recognize students who have shown improvement or progress. I like to use these towards the end of the year or semester.
You are Worth More Than 100 Grand and Your Performance is Worth More Than 100 Grand Tags
I love using these cute incentives when we are working on learning money as it can be a hard concept for kindergartners. They can be used anytime for student motivation – simply attach to 100 Grand candy bars.
Glow Stick Gift Tags – I’m Simply Glowing Over Your Work!, You are a Bright Student!, and I Hope This Brightens Your Day!
These student gifts are sure to brighten any student’s day! Simply attach them to a glow stick. We have used these during our school celebrations and I have used them as motivators, rewards, and when a student needs a little “pick me up”.
You’re On a Roll! Tootsie Roll Student Gift Tags
These little treats are the perfect incentive for students to keep up the good work! Attach the tags to a baggie filled with Tootsie Rolls or to a large Tootsie Roll.
Blow Pop Student Gift Tags – I’m Popping With Pride Over Your Performance! and Your Extra Effort Blows Me Away!
These Blow Pop awards will help you recognize students’ hard work and effort. I have also used the performance one as a reward after my students’ performance in our Christmas play that we perform for parents.
I’m “Bear-y” Proud of Your Hard Work! Student Gift Tag
This sweet and motivating tag can be attached to a snack size bag of Teddy Grahams or a baggie filled with Gummi Bears. I use this as a reward after working with teddy bear counters in math or on our Teddy Bear Picnic Day.
I’m Bursting With Excitement About Your Good Behavior! Starburst Student Gift Tag
Reward students’ good behavior by attaching this student gift tag to a bag of Starburst candy.
I’m Bubbling With Excitement About Your Progress!, I’m Bubbling With Excitement About Your Improvement!, and Your Hard Work Blew Me Away! Bubble Tags
Attach these tags to a bottle of bubbles or a bubble wand for an extra special treat for students that have been improving their work. I often use these at the end of the school year as student rewards.
“Donut” Stress! You Got This! and “Donut” Stress! Take Your Time and Do Your Best! Testing Student Tags
I found these last year and they were a big hit with my kindergartners during our end of the year testing. Testing can be very stressful on everyone and these cute tags are a great reminder not to stress. Set them on students text along with a few donut holes or small donuts.