Crafts to show they care

Try these quick and easy crafts to let teachers know they’re special

Hands up if you’d like to be a teacher. NO?! Me neither. One day spent alone with my child and I turn into Miss Hannigan – you know, the mean, drunk one from Annie. It makes me so frowny, and shouty, and tired. So very, very tired. But teachers do this every day – out of choice – with 30+ kids that aren’t even theirs.

So what do you get teachers to say thank you for doing a brilliant job? What they probably need is a big bottle of gin. But you can’t take that in to school without getting summoned to see the headteacher. So, when it’s time to say ‘thank you’, encourage your kids to make a simple, home-made gift. Your child’s teacher might appreciate something that’s been made with your child’s sticky fingers. AND it’ll keep them busy for 5 minutes on the rare days that they’re not in school.

1) Flower power: make a blooming beautiful plant pot!

What you’ll need: small terracotta plant pot, black paint, yellow paint, black marker pen, white chalk

1. Ask your child to paint a terracotta pot black with a yellow rim.

2. When it’s dry, help them add black ruler markings and numbers with a marker pen to make the yellow rim look like a ruler.

3. Now your child can draw or write a sweet message with chalk. For a gold star, pop a small plant in the pot too.

What you’ll need: small terracotta plant pot, black paint, yellow paint, black marker pen, white chalk

What to do:

1. Ask your child to paint a terracotta pot black with a yellow rim.
2. When it’s dry, help them add black ruler markings and numbers with a marker pen to make the yellow rim look like a ruler.
3. Now your child can draw or write a sweet message with chalk.
4. For a gold star, pop a small plant in the pot too.

2) Picture perfect: craft a fabulous frame for a special teacher.

What you’ll need: a picture frame cut out of card, silver foil or aluminium tape, decorative items like gems or buttons, glue

What to do:

1. Help your child cut out a frame from cardboard.
2. Now, they cover it in silver foil.
3. Then decorate however they like – we used gems.
4. Stick a sweet drawing or photo into the frame for extra marks!

3) Time for tea: make a personalised alphabet mug!

What you’ll need: a white mug, coloured marker pens

What to do:

1. Help your child decorate the mug with their teacher’s initial and name. Don’t forget, kids should wear overalls and cover furnishings when using marker pens.
2. Fill the mug with chocolates, if you like!

4) A flying start: Turn a footprint into a butterfly card!

What you’ll need: paint, card, pen, glue

What to do:

1. Help your child cover their right foot in paint and stamp a footprint on the left-hand side of the card.
2. Repeat with the other side (make sure the footprints meet in the middle).
3. Cut a little butterfly body out of card. Your child can stick it in the middle of the wings.
4. Write their name on the body and then let them draw or write a message on the back of the card to their favourite teacher!

5) Teacher treat: show the love with biscuits.

Have a go at these homemade jammy dodgers from Waitrose. Or buy biscuits and icing pens so your child can personalise biscuits for their teacher.

Love baking? These nostalgic treats make a great gift.

Learning to say thank you to people is an important lesson. Have fun with these crafts, and make a poor teacher’s day!

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