Educators do a lot of work behind the scenes, which can go unnoticed if we as parents aren’t careful. That’s why we have a few simple ways you can help your child become more conscientious about being more thankful for their teachers.
Make a Thank You Time Capsule!
Why not commemorate the impact of one teacher? The Thank You capsule is a simple way to do just that. Join together with the parents in your child’s classroom and have every child write down why they’re thankful for their teacher on a decorated piece of paper. Put them all in a jar and present to the teacher to read before burying it to be found later by classes to come. (This is always a fun thing to come back to once children have grown and look back at how much of an impact early educators had on their learning!)
Hand over a Bouquet of Thanks!
There’s nothing like saying thanks with a homemade card! Handprint Blossoms bring even more creativity to the process by having children trace their hands to give cards a personal touch. Find out how to make them below!
- Shallow plates or trays
- White construction paper
- Green pipe cleaners
- Transparent tape
- Green tissue paper sheets, cut into approximately 5” squares
Make Your Great Gift
- Place your child’s hand on a plate or tray containing a small amount of paint. Create several handprints on the piece of white construction paper.
- After the paint dries, trace and then cut out the handprints.
- Attach a green pipe cleaner stem to each handprint using transparent tape.
- Cut and tape tissue paper or wrap it around the pipe cleaner to form the leaves.
- Have your child write why they’re thankful for their teacher on the back of the handprint follower using colored pencils or markers.
- Tie the handprints to a package to insert in a gift bag for a special teacher!
Find even more gift inspiration in 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make!
The Kindness of a Simple Gesture
Noticing the small things can go a long way! Have your child keep an eye out for what their teacher’s favorite snacks are. Doing something as simple as bringing in a teacher’s staples with a short thank you can speak measures in showing a child is paying attention to what makes others’ happy. Finding out when a teacher’s birthday is and ensuring the class reaches out in some small way or another is also a great way to show appreciation. Just remember, it’s the smallest of details that makes the biggest difference.