Our kids' teachers are a very important part of their lives. They help our children grow and learn and they're the parental figure that stands in for you while they're at school, especially with the younger ones.
When the year ends, kids have formed a bond with their teacher and are often getting a new one in their new grade so it's a nice touch to get them a little something to say thank you.
You can get things like spa vouchers or buy her something really nice, but we think it means so much more to them when their students have made them something from the heart.
An easy an inexpensive gift, for example, is a redecorated pot plant.
Check out our "Thank you for helping me grow" pot plant, and a few other cool ideas below.
"Thank you for helping me grow"
What you need
- Succulent, soil and painted plant pot
- Old measuring tape
- Brown paper/cardboard
- Pencil and pen
Tips and tricks
- Although succulents won't grow much (it's the thought that counts), they basically take care of themselves and need little water, they're cute and within your budget, and it's the perfect addition to your teacher's desk.
- Measuring tapes can be rather pricey. It might be a good idea to use an old one. We found a paper-like tape at the hardware store that works just as well. Alternatively the kids can paint the mock tape on themselves as a fun activity.
- You can buy wonderful inexpensive plant pots that are ready painted. However, the kids will love painting and decorating the pot with all their favourite colours.
- We would also suggest getting blackboard paint and painting a block on the pot. Then your child can write the message with chalk across the pot!
- While we used brown paper to write the message, you can also create a little wooden placard, attached to a wooden stick, that you can stick into the soil as you would in your garden at home.
Desiree from The 36th Avenue shows you how to make these super cute apple mason jars. Fill them with sweets or anything else that Teacher fancies. It's really easy to make so you can have your kids do most of it.
What teachers really want
Year-end gifts seem to be a Big Thing in America so it's no surprise that Elle from What's Up Moms had her daughter's teacher over to ask what teachers really want. I think South African teachers would be pleasantly surprised with just a nice slab of Lindt chocolate but here are some great ideas of what to give or not to give!
- Free Printables: Thank you card for teachers
- INDEX: Tonnes of DIY gift ideas!
- WATCH DIY crafty kids: how to make rose bath bombs for your favourite teacher!
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