Teacher Appreciation Gift – End Of School Year Cute Kids Craft Idea!
Can you believe it’s that time already? Ethan has only 3 weeks left of school and then we’re on to another (long?) Summer vacation. I didn’t want to be scrambling at the last minute for a great Teacher Appreciation Gift again this year. And, I didn’t want to be ‘that’ parent who throws a gift card in an envelope and scribbles ‘Thanks” on an envelope either. (again!) Nope, this year, we were bound and determined to put some thought into a nice teacher appreciation gift. I mean, this sweet lady defiantly earned huge props for all the time and special attention she’s given him all year. He’s got all those Asperger’s ‘quirks’ and the OCD thing going on… Yeah. She’s defiantly earned a nice well thought out teacher appreciation gift and then some! And since Ethan loves getting his kids craft on, we were going to do this right! Let me show you what we did, then I’ll give you some other great kids craft ideas to use for a little teacher appreciation!
Teacher Appreciation Gift Supplies
Since this is a kids craft, Ethan would be doing most of it by himself. We wanted to keep it fairly simple for his age (6). There’s so many choices for teacher appreciation! After looking over my favorite site for kids crafts and of course Pinterest, we decided on this craft using Smarties candy. Here’s what you’ll need to gather up:
- Mason Jar (or any decorative jar that has a lid and seal)
- Smarties Candies
- Decorative Fill Paper (or, re-purpose your shredded paper!)
- Decorative Apples (found in the floral section of the craft store)
- Hot Glue Gun (we did this step so no children were harmed in the making of this kids craft)
Start by putting about 2 inches of shredded paper or fill in the bottom of your jar. See the smile on his face? Kids crafts are awesome! He was super exited about not only getting his craft on but he loves giving gifts. At Christmas last year, he wrapped up some of his old crayons and gave them to his little brother. ‘He may want to be an artist someday ya know“
The box of decorative apples comes with several different sizes. Take a handful of the smaller ones and place them on top of your layer of shredded paper. Make sure none fall off the table and roll in front of the dog. Because the dog thinks they are real apples and starts chewing on them. Or, so we found out.
Now comes the fun part! Let your little crafter fill the rest of the jar with the Smarties candy. He started out just shoving them in. We went ahead and let him do it that way for a bit. I think he thought the whole bag would fit. It doesn’t. Well, in the size jar we had it didn’t.
While he snacked on some of the left over Smarties, we rearranged the ones in the jar just a bit. I’m fairly certain he didn’t notice. Make sure you leave a tiny bit of room at the top of the jar so it will close and snap shut. Go ahead and let the small fry eat a few more pieces of candy. We’ll wait.
Measure and cut 2 equal lengths of ribbon. Wrap one at a time around jar from top to bottom. Secure at the bottom of the jar with tape. (or, hot glue gun if you don’t intend for the jar to open) Cut a 3rd length of ribbon for the bow. This part was a bit tricky for me and I Googled how to tie a bow that wasn’t attached to a shoe. I know… You don’t even have to say it.
For the final step, take 1 of the larger decorative apples and hot glue it in place on top of your bow. (no Googling necessary!) To make the little hang tag, we used simple card stock paper and a Word Template for proper sizing. We typed “Thank You For Making Me Such A Smartie” and added Ethan’s name, the year, a couple apples and a border and printed it out. Nothing super fancy. I’m sure you can find some pre-made designs and sayings at the craft store as well. Since we were making this teacher appreciation gift a true kids craft, we didn’t buy a pre-made card. Plus, we saved a few bucks as well!
I took Harris the Service Dog to Ethan’s class last week to teach the kids about his special training. I also taught them some basic things about people with disabilities and to always wear their seat belt in the car! I was a bit shocked that about 1/3 of them don’t wear seat belts! While we were there we brought along Ms. Van Hoose’s Teacher Appreciation Gift so Ethan could give it to her at the end of the day. She loved it! See, easy right? It took about an hour to make start to finish. Ethan had a great time making his kids craft and we weren’t one of ‘those‘ parents this year with the quick gift card in an envelope!
For another super fun kids craft, check out our Glowing Wishes In A Jar! It’s a really easy craft and has been a huge hit for all occasions or just some fun craft time play! Over at Babble, they put together a great Teacher Appreciation Gift ideas list. Some really unique ones and easy to make ones too! Check those out!
So, what’s your plans for entertaining the small fry’s this Summer? I’m thinking I’ve got about 2 weeks before I start to lose my mind. Anyone want to start a betting pool?
My youngest son starts school in the fall (YAY!!!!) but we’ve been attending speech therapy and absolutely adore the speech therapist at his soon-to-be elementary school! I love this idea and it’s super easy for him to participate with. Thanks for sharing.
And next year, enjoy the quiet that comes from having kids in school!! 🙂
Kathy ....yeah me :) says
That is really cute 🙂 great job Ethan …. But just putting it out there, teachers DO love gift cards… Love. Love, so with a gift like this awesome one, you could tape it to the back of the tag. 🙂
I was thinking of you the whole time we were making this!! How many of your students make VS buy you gifts??
YOU would like a massage GC, right?? OH!! Bath & Body Works!!
Adorable gift!! I’m sure his teacher really appreciated it!!
Such a cute idea! I’ve got an idea for a teacher’s gift in a jar as well. Add boy, can’t believe you only have 3 weeks! We’ve got a little over a month.
And here I thought we started and ended later than most!
What ‘cha putting in your jar??
Maggie C says
Not only is this a thoughtful gift but one that your child can help with! Great idea!
What an easy to make gift. I am always overwhelmed by pinterest style gifts. This one is not over the top and way cute. Love it.
Pinterest is a double edged sword for me… ‘Ooohhh…. Look how pretty”… ” And I do that for HOURS, then think I can actually make the stuff. But I’m so NOT crafty and nothing turns out and I turn into a 3 yr old with a tantrum…. But yet, I keep going back! Like an addict. LOL. My crafts, you’ll totally be able to do!! 🙂
Kelsey Apley says
What a fun and creative way to share your gratitude to the teacher!!!
Jen-Eighty MPH Mom says
This is SO, SO cute! I’m sure teachers would appreciate this (look at the big smile on her face!)…so very clever!
It was my ‘Smartie’ idea!!! LOL
He loves doing crafts, and crafts with candy… Yes Ma’am!
Awe, I love this! This is so cute and what I really like about it is your child can create this gift for his teacher with a touch of love! Great Post!
Nicole @ One Punky Mama says
What an adorable idea! My kids do school at home, but we always have Sunday school teachers to think about. This is great. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Perfect for Sunday School teachers too! 🙂
That is so adorable! I love teacher gift ideas. 🙂
Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack says
My kids love to give their favorite teachers presidents on the different holidays. This will be a great end of the year gift for them.
How cute! I think handmade teacher gifts are the best because they show you put time and thought into them. 🙂
What a great idea, I’ve been thinking about things to do for my kids teachers, going to bookmark it!
Laurie - Steals and Deals for Kids says
I’m a teacher and I would love to receive this gift! So cute!!
Like I asked my teacher friend Kathy up there ^^^
Do you get more handmade Teacher Gifts or store bought do you think?
I have a service dog, too!! His name is Matthew and he is my son’s autism service dog!
I LOVE this idea for year end teacher gifts!! Fab fab fab!! We’ll be doing it for sure!!
I’d literally be stuck without my service dog!! He pulls my chair and together, we FLY…
It’s amazing what they teach these dogs to do, right?! Is your son school age yet? Just wondering if he goes to school with him and if that’s also an ‘ice breaker’ for him with other kids?
Trisha G. says
What a fun idea and it looks great!
Motherhood on the Rocks says
That’s so creative! I have to remember this for when my daughter goes to school.
Sarh S says
But really?!? 1/3 of them don’t wear their seat belt?! That is very sad and scary!! 🙁
I always start out by asking how many kids wear their seat belts in the car since my injuries were from a really horrific crash. About 1/3 don’t!! At the end, I let them all play with Harris for a few minutes. This time, before ANY of them could play I made them all promise to tell mom, dad, whoever was driving that ‘The Car Doesn’t Move Until I’m Buckled Up’… Totally the adults fault here and I’m hoping if I can help just 1 kid to do that, I make a difference!!
Amanda E says
Such a cute idea! Sometimes it is hard to think of cute teacher gifts that kids can actually help put together. Thanks for sharing!
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Vanessa, DeSuMama says
We aren’t at the stage of showering teachers with gifts, but I’m bookmarking this one for when we are! Super cute, yet simple enough that a less than stellar crafter (like me!) can do it.
Cat Yates says
Such a cute idea! I love gifts that are a play on words. And it makes it that much more fun for your children. Thanks for sharing!
Super cute! I have been collecting teacher appreciation/end of the year gift ideas and this looks easy and fun! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Very cute! I always try and give a little something extra and have my boys help with it. I’ll be remembering this idea for next year.