teacher appreciation gifts

In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to set aside a day to recognize our countries’ educators.  Since that time, it has evolved into what we now know as Teacher Appreciation Week.  It is celebrated during the first full week of May every year.

Being a former second grade teacher, I truly appreciate how much time and effort goes into teaching.  It is an endless job…prepping lessons, grading papers, parent conferences, decorating bulletin boards with students’ work, meeting with other teachers, etc.  I think it is so fitting that Teacher Appreciation Week comes at the END of the school year, so we can thank the teachers for all they have done throughout the year for our children!

I came upon this idea a month or so ago when I found these old scrabble letters at our local antique mart.  They caught my eye and I just knew I had to find a purpose for them.

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences    teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

I thought I could make them into magnetic clips spelling out the name of each specials class (art, music, gym, computers, library).

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

I gathered some clothespins that I already had in my craft supply, and I spray painted them green (our school colors).

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

Once the clothespins were painted (it took a few coats to fully cover them), I began glueing the scrabble letters to the front of each.  I used a hot glue gun to do this.

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

After those were dry and set in place, I glued round magnets to the back of each clothespin.

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

I printed short thank you notes on card stock, which my daughter signed.  She wanted to help with this project (which wasn’t easy because of the paint and hot glue gun), so she had fun clipping all the magnets into place.

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

We also clipped on a gift card to our local bagel place…what teacher doesn’t enjoy going out to lunch sometimes!

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

teacher appreciation gifts | polka dots and picket fences

A fun and easy idea to show her teachers some appreciation for ALL they do!

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    1. Thank you! I know that when I was teaching, I would have loved something like this. I try to keep that in mind when buying for teachers…they have so much of the cutesy apple items. It’s nice to receive something practical and useful.

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