Keeping 'Em Out of Trouble


Three Teacher Gifts Your Child Can Make

Go homemade this year!

When June hits and the school year comes to an end, panic rises as we realize teacher gifts are just around the corner...

Whether your child is in preschool, daycare, kindergarten or elementary school, it's definitely time to show the teachers some love and appreciation for dealing with our little angels (ahem!) all year long.

Rather than going to the store to try to find something unique (and that won't end up in the land of unwanted teacher gifts) why not visit your craft cupboard instead, and have your child make something themselves. It will definitely be unique, and most teachers tell us that they love receiving homemade gifts from their students.

Here are three homemade gift ideas that don't take a lot of time, but have a lot of love poured into them!


My teacher "rocks" collage

We recycled a rotisserie chicken dish to make this creation—perfect from a child who carries rocks in his pocket all year long! Put them to use by gluing them into the word "ROCKS"—your child will be practicing letter formation at the same time—now that's a teacher-pleaser!


Handprint heart tree

Show lots of love with a tree made from a child's handprint and hearts! Trace your child's arm and hand, and then cut out and glue onto construction paper. Help them cut out small hearts to make the 'leaves', and glue onto the top of the tree.

You could go one step further with older kids and have them write their favourite things about their teacher on each of the hearts—to personalize it even more!


Homemade flower bouquet

I'm not sure you can get much sweeter than a homemade flower bouquet. There are lots of options and ways to make them—we used egg carton cups painted, inserted into pipe cleaner stems, and then secured with play dough inside a baby food jar. Best of all, you probably have all of these supplies at home!

Have fun being creative with your child to thank your teacher this year!