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Teacher Appreciation gifts don't have to be expensive, or elaborate, they just need to be thoughtful. Our school normally does one day each week that is focused on the word TEACH - so Monday is letter T, through to Friday being letter H.
For this post I'm going to focus on the letter 'H', which for me means to lend a 'Helping Hand'. The kids in the class have reading buddies at a local middle school, and the teacher asked me to come up with a fun craft project using lollipops that the kids could make and give to their reading buddies to thank them for spending so much time reading with them throughout the school year.
So I made these superhero lollipops:
And then I spent some time in the classroom teaching the kids (in small groups of four students at a time) how to make one for each of their reading buddies.
What you need:
- Card stock in a variety of colors
- White card stock for a printer
- Glue Stick
- Black permanent marker
- Computer and printer
- Single hole punch
Sketch a cape and mask onto white card stock and use this as your template to make more. Cut a variety of capes and masks in assorted colors.
Use the black marker to draw the eyes onto each of the masks and a hole punch to punch a hole into the top of the cape.
Use a photo editing program to create the 'SUPER' graphic for the back of the cape. Save them as a photo and print them onto white card stock, and then cut them out.
Kids can assemble their own superhero lollipop using a glue stick.
Check with your child's teacher to see if they need a helping hand. A lot of us work during the day, and most outside of the home which doesn't allow a lot of time (if any) to volunteer in class. Find out though if there is some other way you can help. Is there stapling of homework packets, collating and sorting work sheets, or upcoming projects that need items to be pre-cut. Teachers generally don't have time to do these tasks during the school day and would otherwise take them home if it weren't for volunteers helping out. Maybe your child could bring home a little homework for you to do too.
Here are some more great ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week, the first day of school, and showing the teacher you support her and are thankful for all she or he is doing.
A FRESHLY PICKED TEACHER GIFT: have your child pick fresh blueberries, and then download and print my free printable card to go with it.
A CLASSROOM SUPPLIES CAKE: Make a fun supplies cake full of essential classroom items such as erasers, glue sticks, pencils and more. Make sure to grab a copy of the list of supplies needed for the classroom before putting it together.
MAKE A GIFT CARD HOLDER: This is perfect for gift cards for the teacher to purchase something fun for herself, or to use for purchasing classroom supplies. You could also make a simple card holder out of card stock, sew one using fabric, or place the card inside something useful for the classroom such as a pencil box.
A PENCIL VASE: Is the best way to brighten your teacher's day and add some fragrance and color to her desk. Plus the classroom could always do with more pencils.
A GROCERY BAG: This DIY fabric grocery bag is the perfect way for your teacher to bring her lunch and supplies to school, take gifts home, and take to the grocery store or weekend market.
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Disclosure: These teacher appreciation gift ideas have been sponsored by Visa Clear Prepaid and Prepaid Visa® RushCard.