The school year is coming to an end and it is the perfect time to show appreciation to all the teachers in our lives. Teacher Appreciation Week always falls on the first week of May and Teacher’s Day falls on the Tuesday within Teacher Appreciation Week. The National Education Association describes Teacher Appreciation Week as “a day of honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives”.
This year, Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st through May 5th
To this day, I can remember most of my teachers and what part they have played in my life. Here are some great ideas to help celebrate the teachers in your life and/or your children’s life this year!
1. Small bouquet of cake balls. This can be something you order from your favorite, local bakery or a fun activity you can do with the kids. Get creative with flavors and decorating. Place them in a mason jar with ribbon and try not to eat them before you deliver them to your teacher! 🙂
2. A simple “thank you” card. Get out the construction paper, paints, markers, glitter, glue and get creative! Have the kiddos create their “thank you” notes and have them sign their names.
3. Potted plant. Flowers are always great to give, but I love to give a potted plant or flowers that can last a long time. Teachers can take them home and plant in their own yards. You can also have the kids paint and decorate a clay pot, place a plant or flowers in it, and they can keep the entire thing as a keepsake!
4. Pun-tastic Teacher Gifts. Okay… these are too cute and simple ideas! If you have several teachers to thank, these are perfect!
5. Create an apple out of a clay pot and plate! How cute is this? It’s an apple and something your teacher can keep forever! Fill it up with their favorite candy or other food! You can find the entire tutorial here.
6. Gift cards. Want to do something simple and do not have enough time to create a gift? Gift cards are always loved by teachers! Starbucks? A local bakery? Spa? Restaurant? A gift card is a great way to show your appreciation!
7. Take a trip to the Dollar Store or the dollar bins at Target. Teacher’s are always looking for items to add to their classrooms whether it be art/craft supplies, prizes for their prize bins, stickers, etc. Create a gift basket finding fun items teachers can use in their rooms for next year. You may even want to ask your child’s teacher if they have a “wish list” for their classroom.
Teachers are not just the individuals who teach in a classroom setting. Remember your coaches, dance teachers, music teachers, local librarians, and any one else you may learn from through out the year!