Does your family have a lot of traditions? How about secret traditions? One of the cutest and most fun graduation ideas I stumbled upon while scrolling through my Facebook feed last year. I happened upon the suggestion to get your child’s teacher to sign a copy of the most iconic children’s book about graduation, career, and life in general—Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” And, it’s brilliant. This makes a wonderful annual tradition that you do in secret, sneakily getting teachers to sign the book with a special message. An “Oh the Places You’ll Go” Signature Book becomes a gift full of graduation quotes and end of school year thoughts from beloved teachers. Then, come high school graduation or college graduation, you have a truly sentimental gift for your beloved child as they go off on their own into the world.
Somebody, please pass me the tissues. It’s just my allergies, I swear.
Spoiler Alert: There’s a great deal on the hardcover “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” at Amazon Right Now! Only $7.88!! Buy the book and then create a crazy-awesome keepsake for your kids. Okay, so here’s how it works.
Fun Graduation Ideas: A Pre-K-12 Tradition
Even if we aren’t counting, the graduation countdown is on! These years are already flying by. Seriously though, setting this book signature tradition into motion is a piece of cake and well worth it. Getting signatures and graduation comments in a special book is one of the best fun graduation ideas for an annual tradition. Here’s why:
- I love so much that it results in a meaningful graduation gift down the road. Something no amount of money can buy, because it’s all from the heart, and not just one heart, but many!
- After paying for years of sports, activities, vacations, tuition, clothing, and so much more (between now and then), perhaps a sentimental gift actually means more than just “stuff.”
- Plus, your child might not remember her preschool teacher or the names of every single homeroom teacher over the years. But with this book, he or she will be delighted to go through and read the words of encouragement and congratulations time and time again.
- This book will be filled with graduation advice, memories, quotes, and fondness rolled all into one beautiful memento. The words included harmoniously overlap with the messages and life advice of Dr. Seuss.
I’m posting about fun graduation ideas today specifically because I saw that the cost of the book was lower than I’ve EVER seen it. Right now, on Amazon, you can get “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” for just $7.88!! What a great deal! I bought two copies for less than the usual list price of just one copy. (List Price $18.99) If you hurry, you might be able to catch the deal too. Pricing is accurate at the time of this posting, but prices are always subject to change. I’d recommend checking your shopping cart just to be sure. This deal absolutely is one of the best affordable graduation gifts, even if you pair it with a watch or another special present when the time comes.
Tips for the “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” Book Signing Tradition
Just buying the book is the absolute first step. I recommend doing the whole thing in secret so your children are surprised when it comes to the day you give them this precious and fun graduation gift. Here are a few tips to make the Oh, the Places You’ll Go Signature Book tradition as easy as possible.
- Buy a copy of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
- Keep the envelope it came in, or hide the book inside a mailing envelope.
- Write a letter to your child’s teacher, explaining what you’re doing. Let him or her know that you’d like them to participate by leaving a few words and their name and grade level on any page they’d like.
- Write the teacher’s name and grade level on the envelope.
- You may also wish to email or contact your child’s teacher privately to give a heads up as well.
- Take the parcel to the school’s main office and drop it off.
- Be sure to let the secretary know the plan and to keep it a secret from your child.
- Wait to hear that your secret parcel is ready for pickup!
- Find a safe and memorable place to hide the book until this time next year.
- Wash, rinse, repeat. Easy-peasy!
Free ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’ Letter to Teacher
Since my plan is to do this every year, I saw an opportunity to optimize. Rather than handwriting a note every year, I created a letter I can just print out, sign, and enclose. It may be a little silly but I’ve penned it in the style of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” Feel free to download and use my letter. If you choose to share it, please give credit to my site, www.422Deals.com. That’s all I ask! Happy to help. :))Dear Teacher_oh-the-places-letter
Fun Grad Gift Ideas: When to Start the Book Tradition
Truthfully, I wish I’d known about these kinds of graduation traditions when my daughter was in preschool. On the other hand, I’m super grateful I found out about this “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” signature book at all. And, I’m hopeful to sneakily get in touch and have one of the teachers sign it after the fact. I just picked up two copies on Amazon so that I can do the “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” tradition with my youngest as well. I bought the second copy so I can read these books to them often while they’re young. That way, the gift will mean even more when they’re older. (Plus, my oldest originally had her own copy and I used it for the secret graduation tradition without her knowing, so I needed to replace it!)
Of course, I still think it’s a special tradition even for an older child, even if you can’t get all the signatures. I’m hopeful one day to have their gymnastics coaches and other key role models sign the book as well. This signature book seems as if it would be one of the best graduation presents ideas that I can start right now. I know I will sit there and bawl my eyes out when we give both of our daughters this book in the future, but in a good way. I’m sure we’ll make so many wonderful memories between now and then! I hope these years don’t fly by too swiftly.
Life after graduation is sure to be rocky at times, as we’ve all experienced. A memory and signature-filled copy of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss becomes a treasured keepsake for life. Make sure you remember to write your own special message in the book for your son or daughter. You might also consider having grandparents, godparents, or other special family members sign it as well.
According to Honey, the cost is the lowest it’s been in a while!
Now is the perfect time to start doing this wonderful graduation tradition, too. It’s May and the end of school is upon us in a few short weeks. End of school year gifts like a trip to the ice cream shop or the amusement park are certainly in order, but don’t forget to plan ahead a little. Get the book. Get it signed. When that day finally comes, you’ll be so glad you did.