This is one of those projects that didn't turn out how I envisioned. You know those lollipop Valentines that were popular this year with the photo of a child with a fist? And you cut slits above and below the fist to insert the lollipop? I tried that concept with these straws. But the straws are so much bigger than a lollipop stick that it just didn't look right. But, I figure you can't go wrong with cute flag toppers!
And if you want some flags for yourself, here is a printable download in pdf form: Download Straw flags. One is for a teacher and one for a teaching aide.
I liked the cup idea for many reasons. Not only are they practical, but also a good way to present a thank you note from your child. My son drew sheets for his teacher and aide, and we rolled them up to place inside. I added the lemonade packets so I could do an "ade" flag =).
Another printable version of the flags (shown below) using tea packets can be found here.
More of my teacher gifts can be found here.
My end-of-school party ideas can be found here.