My kids are still only in Pre-School and Kindergarten but honoring their teachers is very important to me. The first year my daughter attended Pre-School we got notices sent home three times a year and I always felt pressure to add six more people to my Christmas shopping list. When Teacher Appreciation Day came around in May, I found myself rolling my eyes again. Then something pretty amazing happened. I suddenly realized that these people give their days to my child. They have an amazing amount of patience; they care for the well being of my children and that should be recognized not just three times a year, but everyday. Here are a few homemade gift ideas for teachers that we’ve enjoyed putting together.
Right from the start my oldest never enjoyed daycare but when I started working part-time from home it was a must for me. Then it became a must for her because I slowly saw the shyness develop in her sweet little personality and I knew I was doing what was best for her. Fast-forward four more years and she is now graduating her daycare Kindergarten next month and is registered in the fall for our town’s full-time Kindergarten program. Over the years every time my daughter moved up and changed classrooms it was very stressful for her. Change can be a big stressor for children and some adapt to it more easily than others. There have been numerous times I’ve kissed her little head, given her one last squeeze, and turned with tears in my eyes as I’ve walked to my car because I know she is crying for me.
I’ve gotten to know all of the teachers at our daycare and they are just wonderful. Each and everyday when we walk in, one of them comes over to take my daughter by the hand because they know she has difficulty leaving me. They ask her what she did over the weekend, they inquire about her holidays, and they even tell her they’ve missed her come Monday morning. I have a whole new appreciation for teachers because it takes a lot of work to get to know numerous little personalities on a yearly basis. Now when Teacher Appreciation Day and holidays come up, I’m already eagerly working on projects or special ways we can show our thanks.
Today I wanted to share a few homemade gift ideas for teachers that involved my kids and a little special something for each and every teacher that has worked with them. The projects are simple to make, fun for your child to be involved with and the best part is they show our children how important it is that we appreciate everyone in our lives. Once I saw the generosity that the teachers showed my shy little girl, I thought it was only right to show my daughter that I understand that teaching is not just a job but a special calling.
Plates, Cups or Cookie Jars: This one was one of the most enjoyable gifts we’ve ever made. My daughter was just learning letters and starting to draw so she had so much fun putting her creative spin on them. They make great Father’s Day and Mother’s Day Gifts too!
I Love My TEA-chers: This was super cute. All you have to do is buy a cup or mason jar and fill it with tea products. We bought iced tea packets and tea bags. I wanted to personalize it a bit so I printed pictures of my daughter and used her handprint to write the message and tell them whom it was from.
Thank You For Helping Me Grow: We made these this year. (See top photo.) Spring was late in coming where we are from so I wanted something cheery and fun. I bought plastic rulers and small plastic plant holders on Amazon, and then I printed a message and glued it to the ruler. I purchased small inexpensive plants to place inside the plant holder and my daughter helped stick the ruler in each plant. Of course she loved watering them for a few days while they sat in our garage too!
Christmas Ornaments: This one’s not a do-it-yourself project, although you could certainly create ornaments and personalize them too. I always want to give something to the teachers that will remind them of just how important they are to us, so I order Christmas ornaments from Personalization Mall. I have my child’s name and the year engraved on each side. I hope that every Christmas after, when they pull out their ornaments to decorate their trees, my children’s teachers will be reminded that they touched another life. I always watch for great sales leading up to the holidays so I can buy in bulk and have them be real inexpensive.
What are some special ways you show your local teachers some love and kindness? Please leave me a comment. I’d love some more ideas for next year!