I loved the teachers G had for preschool this year (once things settled down). For a few hours a couple times a week they helped him learn his alphabet, numbers, colors, encouraged a love of arts and crafts, and got him potty trained!
I wasn’t really on the ball when it came to a Christmas gift, so I wanted to make sure I did something special for them at the end of the school year.
I have a lot of teacher friends. And a lot of them like to post friendly reminders on what they find most appropriate when it comes to teacher gift-giving. Many of them said avoid homemade things.
Queue eye roll from me. Sorry, but I think a homemade gift for a teacher who encouraged creativity is way better than a bottle of wine for one I don’t even know drinks.
I saw a few “Thanks for helping me grow” gifts on Pinterest, so I decided to make them each a “Thanks for Helping me Grow” flower pot. I filled it with crayons that they could possibly use with their students next year (or their own kids). But to make it look pretty, I decided to attach artificial flowers to the crayons.
- Terra cotta flower pot
- Paint pen (I bought ones specifically for Terra-Cotta)
- Copper wire
- Artificial flowers
- Wire cutters
- Crayons (or writing utensil of your choice)
- Optional: clear sealant spray
First, I wrote “Thanks for Helping Me Grow” on each flower pot using the paint pens (colors chosen by G). Then I sprayed the pots with sealant, just in case G’s teachers decided to use them for, you know, growing things.
The artificial flowers came in bunches, so while the pots dried I cut the bunches into smaller pieces and attached them to crayons using green copper wire. You could use any color wire, really. I choose green to match the flower stems.
When the pots were dry, I used the paper the cashier wrapped the them in at check-out to fill in empty space to keep the crayons from flopping around the pot.
Then I added the crayon-flowers! I had also bought a couple of chalkboard garden markers at the craft store for $1.00 a piece. I wrote G’s teacher’s names on them using the paint pens so they’d know which pot belonged to who (I didn’t have time to give each of them their gifts when I picked G up his last day. While the gift might have been a step up from Christmas, my timing wasn’t.)
Remember the Clothespin Caterpillar craft I wrote about last week? We had so many I attached one to each pot.
What kinds of gifts do you buy the teachers in your life? If you’re a teacher, what kinds of gifts do you like receiving from your students?