It's Teacher Appreciation Week, but today is actually Teacher Appreciation Day!! That is the day when children and their parents are encouraged to show their appreciation for their teachers. Our Teachers do so much for our children so it's time to show them just how much we care. It's easy to forget how much teachers do for our children each day.
I can honestly say that my children have been blessed with some pretty awesome teachers. I am so thankful for that. Because of them my kids love school!! My little guy would much rather be at school them on any holiday break. That really makes me happy and I can thank his teacher for that. Don't you think it is time for us to show our teachers just how grateful we are for all that they do?
It doesn't have to be much. In all the years my kids have attended school I have found that a homemade gift means so much. It can be a special card, flowers, a basket of apples, a yummy treat, breakfast, a home baked cake, pie or a craft made by your child. We usually make a variety of homemade treats and include something crafty. This year was no different......... We made Candy Jars filled with M&M's and a poem attached. "You're My M&M". Which represents You?re a ?Magnificent? and ?Marvelous? teacher!
I love this poem and this gift cost hardly anything to put together. I always have canning jars, ribbon and fabric on hand, so all we had to do was purchase some M&M's. We chose plain and the new pretzel ones. We printed out the poems and the kids cut out and glued them onto construction paper using scalloped scissors. I have included the poem below. Each color of the M&M's represent something special.
You?re My M&M
Green: is for the inspiration you give
to me each day.
Blue: is for your patience in showing
me the way.
Orange: is for your warmth and
Yellow: is for the way you can always
make me smile.
Red: is for my life that you have touched
You?re a very special teacher just like this jar,
You place knowledge in your children?s hands
and melt into their hearts and lives forever.
You?re a ?Magnificent? and ?Marvelous? teacher!
Thank you for being my M&M!
Isn't that the sweetest poem. If you would like to make one of these cute little candy jars, I have included some easy step by step photos and directions.
The items you will need are:
Canning jars with lids and rings, fabric of choice, ribbon or twine, construction paper, printer paper, scalloped scissors, and M&M's (we used 2 medium size bags at $2.67 each)
Start by tracing a circle using the jar ring onto your fabric. Cut out the circle and set aside. Have the children fill up the jars with M&M candies. Place the lid on and then the your fabric circle that u cut out. Twist on the rings and attach a ribbon or twine around the jar. There are 3 days left for Teacher Appreciation Week so there is still plenty of time to make this cute gift .
Print off the poem, (printable version below) cut out and glue to construction paper. Punch a whole through the poem using a whole puncher. Run the ribbon or twine through your poem and tie into a bow. That's it you have a cute in expensive teacher gift that I just know they will love.
Before I go I also wanted to share a few other neat gift ideas.
Last year we made these cute little "Flower Pot Pens" pictured above. The teachers loved them and they looked so cute sitting on their desks. These little flower pot pens also make great Mothers Day gifts. Just click on the flower pot pen link above for a step by step photo tutorial on how to make them.
Another pretty teacher gift is a "Crayon Goodie Jar". This was such a fun craft to make. You hot glue crayons around a half pint size canning jar. Tie on a ribbon and spray paint the lid black to represent a chalkboard. Glue on a school themed decoration for the top and fill with something sweet. (M&M's, Skittles, Hershey's Kisses, granola, jelly beans or whatever you like). You can click on the link above for the Crayon Goodie Jar for directions located at the bottom of the page.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all our Teachers! Please know that we appreciate all that you do everyday not just today!!!
Printable Version of "You're My M&M Poem"
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