Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Easy, Affordable, Last Minute Teacher Gift

My kids' last day of school is only 2 days away! I've had this idea in mind for a while, and luckily, it's SO EASY we whipped them up in one day. We really love plants and gardening around here (all 3 of our girls are named after plants, and we didn't even realize it until after they were all born and named)!

Here is what you need to do:
1. Run to your local garden center, buy a small plant for each teacher you want to thank (could be house plants, herbs, whatever you like). Buy a clay pot that each plant will fit into. I bought 2 small plants and 4 pots, and it cost about $15. If you want to make it even cheaper, you could pull something out of your own garden, which I did for a couple of mine (the small ones in the picture are sage out of my garden).

2. Write the words "Thanks for helping me grow" with marker (or paint) on the clay pots. I admit, I borrowed the phrase from something I saw on Pinterest, but I totally adapted it to make a completely different project!

3. Have your child (if old enough) decorate the pots with markers, paint, stickers, whatever. Be creative.

4. Put the plant inside the pot, and there you go!

My kids are young, so I'm not going to let them carry the plants on the bus, I will bring them in to the school tomorrow. The small pots are for the gym and music teachers. One of my daughters is going to a different school next year, and she really loves her gym and music teachers, so I wanted to do a special good-bye gift for them. Then I got to thinking, I bet those "extra" teachers really get neglected at the end of the year, and it's a good idea, if you can afford it, to do something for them - the people who aren't your child's "main" teacher, but still put a lot work into helping your child learn and grow.

This project literally took me a couple hours (at the most), including driving to the store, potting the plants, and my kids' decorations on them. You might already have the materials and don't even have to buy anything!



A Slice of Pan Dulce... said...

I did candies and had my daughter write out ( in her best handwriting) " thanks for being so sweet" and decorated a plain red gift bag with scrapbook paper and their names.. not bad and spent about 8.00 for 3 teachers total =)

Barbara said...

As a music teacher I appreciate your acknowledgement of your child's special area teachers. It warms my heart. : )

Carrie said...

What a great idea! I would love it if you would share at my Teacher Gift Idea link party at Thank you!!

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