Teachers play such an important role in the lives of children. They shapes their lives more than we’ll ever know. As such, Teacher Appreciation Week is such an important time to make sure the people who work daily to see our children grow know that they’re not only making a difference, but that it is appreciated. Here are a few simple ways you can get your child involved in making simple appreciation gifts that will leave their teacher smiling:
4 Gifts for Teachers:
1. Bread Wrappers
(Source: 30 Handmade Days)
If you like to bake, then this is the perfect option for you! Get your preschooler involved in the kitchen as you mix ingredients and make you favorite loaf of bread and then add a cute wrap around to express your appreciation.
What You’ll Need:
- Homemade loaf of bread (find recipes here)
- Paper loaf pans to give away
- 30days printable
- glue/tape/glue stick
- optional ribbon, etc.
Once you’ve made your loaf of bread with your little one, print out the wrappers on cardstock and wrap around your bread. Make sure it’s sealed with adhesive and you can add a ribbon for added effect. Now your teacher not only feels the love, but they can eat it, too!
2. Bouquet of Preschoolers
Are you a parent volunteer who wants to get the whole class in on a special surprise for their teacher? Then there’s a simple gift that will mean wonders to any educator.
What You’ll Need:
- Flower Tin
- Paper shred filler
- Different colored matted paper
- Flower pattern
- A paper towel roll (for tracing circles)
- Everyone’s picture
- Tape, glue, etc.
Once you’ve collected a ‘mug shot’ of every child, use a pencil and paper towel roll to trace the faces out in circles. Cut out your flower pattern and use it to cut out as many colored matted flowers as children you have. Use adhesive to attach circular faces to the flowers, so that the faces become the flower’s center. Use tape to attach each flower to a stick. Once you place all of your preschool flowers into the paper shred-filled flower tin, your bouquet is ready to give to your valued educator. Extra: Add a note to say a special thank you!
3. Owl Miss You Bags
(Source: Lisa Storms)
There’s nothing like an owl treat bag to let teachers know how appreciative students are for making them wiser! Teachers are sure to love this treat bag with so much personality and it will be fun to make for children.
What You’ll Need:
- Paper bag
- Brown, white, black, & orange colored paper
- Print out of text you want to cut from
- Goodies to fill your treat bag with!
Have your preschooler cut the top of the paper bag into a triangle once the bag is filled with your selected goodies. Cut out your selected text with a white background and cut in an oval shape for the owl’s stomach. Glue the text to the front of the bag. Use circle punches to cut out larger brown circles, small white circles, and the smallest of black circles. Glue together to make the owl’s eyes. Use adhesive to attach to the back just over the text. Cut out a diamond from the orange paper to form a beak and glue just between the eyes. Fold the point of the bag opening between the eyes, just above the beak, and staple to finish your owl treat back! Extra: Add a note to the bottom from your little one! Glue it to the bottom.
Find even more owl printouts for candy here.
4. Beloved Gifts in Ball Jars
(Source: The Country Cottage)
Mason jars always make any gift look snazzy. Add special printouts to let teachers know how much your children appreciate them and throw in some items they can’t refuse to create the perfect teacher appreciation gift!
What You’ll Need:
- As many Ball jars as gifts you want to make
- Printed out jar tags
- Gift Options for jar themes:
o Post it notes/school supplies
o Homemade cookies with written recipe
o Gift in a jar with a receipt
o Gardening gloves & seeds
- Thread or lace to tie it all together!
Theme each of your blue jars according to whatever you want to give to your appreciated teacher. Get your child’s input on what they think their teacher will like best. Cut out jar labels and punch a hole in each one at the top. Tie lace or thread around the top of the jar and attach your label. Your gift is all ready to be carried into class by your excited child!
-Finally, though teachers are sure to love every gift they receive from their classroom, there are a few ways you can personally make them feel appreciated as a parent or grandparent. We’ve listed a few simple ways to recognize how important teachers are to our children:
- Plan a “Thank You Breakfast”
- Car Window Messages: use car markers to write “We love educators!” & see many honks you’ll get!
- Put fresh flowers on a teachers’ desks for parent-teacher conference week.
- Get your little one to help you come up with “Twenty-Five Things That Make [Your School Name] Great!” to put in teachers’ mailboxes.
- Work with the PTA to spruce up the teacher lounge with new paint, pictures and even new or used furniture!
- Host a Staff Car Wash.
Want even more craft ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week? Find inspiration here. Or nominate the teacher in your classroom as a hero with our friend @KaplanCo’s Classroom Heroes campaign. Find out more about recognizing teachers for the heroes they are here.