April 14, 2018

Creative Teacher Appreciation Ideas

It’s never too late (or too early!) to show your appreciation for your child’s teachers.  As a former teacher and now preschool director myself, some of my fondest memories are the creative ways parents and students expressed their appreciation.  Teacher appreciation gift ideas are plentiful on the internet but simple heartfelt gifts and special experiences are what touch us the most.

Creative useful gifts are always favorites among teachers and staff.  Try to think about what might prove useful in the classroom or add a special touch to classroom decor, rather than the usual coffee mug. 🙂

Teacher emergency kit - appreciation ideas
Timeout with Mom

teacher appreciation back to school gift
Cook.Craft.Love.

printable teacher appreciation gift tag
Home Room Mom

The Happy Scraps
stress relief gift for teachers
HoJo’s Teaching Adventures

DIY teacher appreciation gift - classroom decor
Salt and Pepper Moms via Hometalk

Teacher appreciation doesn’t have to mean gifts for each teacher.  Experiences and treats they can enjoy during the school day make teachers feel valued and pampered.  Set up a tasty treat bar or mobile cart, or showcase positive sentiments for all to see.  Let parents and students take over the “Staff Shout Outs” for a week.   I have filed away a couple of these ideas for my own staff recognition — good morale is key to the success of a school and it can be contagious!

self serve cookie bar for teacher appreciation
source unknown

Appreciation Station for teachers
pinterest via Google images

Staff Shout Outs - morale boosters for teachers
Ms. Houser

Hot Chocolate bar for teacher appreciation
Craftibilities

teacher appreciation snack cart
The Naked Crafter

Student involvement in teacher appreciation is always a hit!  Let your child complete this sweet questionnaire (or you complete it with their input) — it will become a treasured keepsake for your child’s teacher.

Fun facts about my teacher printable
The Girl Creative

A real treat in the classroom could also be a bright and functional Mohawk rug, like one of these.  Rugs add warmth, help designate zones within the room, and also add visual interest.

Are you ready for teacher appreciation this year?  What other creative ideas do you have to celebrate teachers and school staff?

Find more teacher gift ideas and home decor on my blog, Decor & More.

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