With the end of school in sight, kids’ dreams of ‘no more pencils, no more books,’ is tempered with thought of how to say ‘thank you’ to the teacher who expanded your mind over the past several months. Kat has many friends who are school teachers to various ages, and so she knows how much the small tokens of appreciation make a large impression.
There are a couple of neighbor girls that Kat looks after on the occasional Friday night so their parents can have an evening out. This Friday, Kat will be helping the girls make some end of year thank you gifts for their teachers. And (she can’t help herself), they will be tea-themed.
One of our favorite ideas that we’ve come across is to have the girls make their own personalized tea labels, as found on Photojojo.com. Kat being the photographer that she is, she can take some cute photos of the girls, print them out 1″x1″ and then insert them into polaroid-style frames made of card stock. Attach them to some tea bags, and the teacher has a series of happy memory teas to make her smile through the summer months.
The rise in popularity in Mason jars creates all kinds of possibilities. We love the Tea Time Mason Jar kit found on TheGunnySack.com. A 32-oz mason jar, an assortment of favorite individually wrapped tea bags, a mini jar of honey, a small package of sugar cubes. All of these can be placed in the jar, screw on the lid, and attach a cute tag with some colorful twine.
And if we have time, we may also make these Tea Towels from the girls’ own artwork, as found on SettingForFour.com. By tracing a drawing onto a plain, white tea towel, it becomes a useful and sweet reminder of a student’s care for their teacher. While this tutorial uses only a black permanent marker, we may work with more colors.
What are some ways you’ll be showing your appreciation to your teachers at the end of this school year?