With only a few weeks of school left, have you gotten your child’s Preschool teacher an end of the year appreciation gift?
If not, don’t go out and spend a lot of money and time! As a former teacher myself, I can tell you that the gifts that always meant the most were the ones that came from the heart. Gifts that most likely didn’t cost much because they were made by the child (with the help of Mom). Even a simple and sincere Thank You note written by the child made me feel wonderful and put a smile on my face. And if you have a child in Preschool, then you already know that there are often more than one teacher per classroom. Giving store-bought gifts in multi-teacher classrooms can really get expensive!
Here are two easy-to-make, inexpensive gifts for the Preschool (or any) Teacher that is practically guaranteed to give you a gold star!
What It ‘Mint’ To Me
This simple, yet fun gift is the perfect way to tell your child’s teacher(s) exactly how much she meant to your child.
What You Need:
– a pretty glass or plastic jar with lid
– three or four types of mint candy
– pretty ribbon preferably with some green color to it
– one sheet each of white and green construction paper
What To Do:
1. Add the different types of candy to the jar, layering it by type. As you can see from mine I put the Andes mints on the very bottom, spearmint discs in the middle and mint patties on top. I tried to have the labels facing outwards for a more uniform look.
2. Once filled, close the lid
3. Tie the ribbon around the top of the jar and make a bow
4. On the white construction paper, copy the following poem or just a line or two. I did mine on the computer and printed it.
5. Attach the poem to the jar
6. Then cut out the poem and glue it to the green construction paper, cutting out the same shape but leaving enough room so it makes a frame around the white paper.
That’s it! In less than ten minutes you and your child made a pretty gift that the teacher will enjoy for months to come. Plus, she or he can always re-use the decorative jar.
Thanks for your commit-“mint” to helping me learn.
Thank you for your encourag-“mint” to do my best.
Thank you for your involv-“mint” in my life,
Thank you for the invest-“mint” of your time.
Thanks for making each day an enjoy-“mint”,
and for creating an environ-“mint” for me to learn and grow.
Everything you’ve done this year
has really “mint” a lot to me.
Relaxation in a Jar
Help your child’s teacher have a relaxing summer with this jar filled with homemade bath salts. Include a tag that reads: You Are Scent-sational! OR Thanks for Being Such a Scent-sational Teacher!
Here’s is a recipe for homemade bath salts that is very easy to make and quite inexpensive. I use lavender in mine, but you can really use whatever scent you think the teacher will prefer. Some examples include Eucalyptus and Vanilla, peppermint and Orange, Rosemary, Lemon and even Honey Almond.
What You Need:
– a glass jar with lid (I used an 8 ounce jar for this recipe, adjust as needed)
– 1 cup Epsom Salt
– 3 to 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
– 1 tbsp. Baking Soda – this is optional, but I have heard it can help alleviate minor skin irritations
– 1 drop purple food coloring – also optional, it will add a bit of color to the salts and make them look pretty
– one sheet each of white and purple construction paper
What To Do:
1. Measure out the Epsom salt and baking soda (if using) into a glass bowl.
2. Add your essential oil and food coloring (if using).
3. Stir thoroughly for several minutes to evenly distribute the scent and color.
4. Once thoroughly mixed, transfer to the glass jar using the funnel, seal lid tightly.
5. On the white construction paper, write either You Are Scent-sational! OR Thanks for Being Such a Scent-sational Teacher! Then add these instructions: Add 1 to 2 spoonfuls to warm bath water and enjoy! I used my computer and printer to do this part.
6. Cut out the saying, then mount on the purple piece of construction paper.
7. Cut around the white paper so that the purple is cut to the same shape, but leaves a little bit of a frame around the white paper.
8. Attach to the jar and you are done!
What are some of your favorite end-of-the-year teacher gift ideas?