The DTs have one more half term at their playgroup. All 5 of my children have been there and so I have a 12 year history with them.
The woman that runs 3 Monkeys has been kind, flexible and generally wonderful. All of my children have loved it there. It's old fashioned where the emphasis is on play not learning (that said my children left knowing their numbers, colours, letters, days of the week etc) and the children love it.
In short... my baby days are over and I want to give Ann a special present from the Mars household and I'm in need of suggestions. Happy to spend up to £50 which works out at £10 per child.
Just an example of how good that woman was/is to me:
DS1 started Reception and finished at 12. 3 Monkeys finished at 12 and DD1 was there. Ann's response. "Get DS1 and don't worry. We'll still be here and I'll give her a little snack" That lasted several weeks.
Pregnant with DD2 it was all I could do to stay awake. Set my alarm so that I could wake and leave the house at 11.30 to be there in time for 12 (10 min non pregnant walk). Would invariably sleep through the alarm and not wake before 12.15. Not a pretty sight trying to run down the road. Ann's response... same as above.
Or, if you like the picture idea, buy cheap white plates from Woolies, get each of them to do a drawing on them with china paints.
I bought some from Hobbycraft for Xmas pressies years ago. Do it like this: get kids to draw a design (picture of Ann? or the nursery building?) on a plate with a soft pencil. You go over the lines with a gold or silver edging tube (Hobbycraft will know what I mean! you can buy a kit with the tubey stuff and the coloured paints) then when that dries, the kids daub gaudy colours in all the spaces. You then cook them in the oven to fix them.
This was a MASSIVE hit with grandparents and the gold/silver edging makes it all lovely...