TRUST ME, if there is anyone that you want to show appreciate for it is those who care for your children.
Teachers care for your children 30 hours a week during the school year. They are highly unappreciated for their time, empathy, tolerance of BS, and money out of their own pockets.
I promise you, teachers need every day off that they get!
The very least that us parents can do is to show them that they are appreciated and supported... and no, this does not always mean spending money. In fact, like parents, teachers are more appreciative of handmade gifts.
Now I will be the first to admit — the starting intent is for my children to create a gift themselves... and they would, but I always seem to take over.
It's fun!! It's therapeutic!
Here are some past handmade welcome back gifts created for our teachers.
This one is simple! I always have mason jars around the house. Spray paint the mason jar red. Here I used a paint marker to paint the lid green. (Note that the painted lid scratches up quite easily.) Cut some leaves using green paper (you can write a note or your teacher's name here), tie with natural string, and fill with whatever you like! We did one with pencils and another with almonds (one of our teacher's favorite snacks).
The apple theme continues! Our teacher's name was written on an aluminum bucket using a paint marker and filled with apple-themed treats. This was made three years ago and this teacher uses the bucket for supplies to this day.
We dipped pretzels in red chocolate with pretzel "apple stems" and added a personalized tag. This filled both the bucket and the "Life is better in flip flops" plastic wine glass that we purchased for a teacher who we already knew loves the beach!
The other gifts in the buckets are apple scented hand soap and apple chips. (I purchase this stuff when I see it on sale!)
Teachers usually give a welcome letter to their students before the start of the year. I take whatever theme seems to stand out — here, it's frogs and butterflies — and use it to make personalized door hangers. The designs on black are made using paint markers and we found pre-painted wood cutouts in the theme to glue on the bottom.
(OK, this one was has a significant cost.) It is a personalized "teacher emergency kit," full of all of the things that a teacher may need in a pinch.
We always use a translucent sturdy pencil box. I print the wording wanted, tape it underneath the lid and trace the print with a paint marker.
I purchase $.99 trial size items throughout the summer season. The first pic is an earlier one that we created. We are making this kit this year for a first time teacher and have changed up the contents a bit. (See the "new contents of the teacher emergency kit" pic.)
We continue our teacher spoilin' into the holidays and teacher appreciation week, on the first full week in May. (...And don't forget your teacher's birthday! A simple kid-made card will do.)
We use the following back-to-school teacher questionnaire to get to know our teachers better.
For all of that your child's teachers do for you and your child, show them that you care.
Have a wonderful school year, parents and kids!