A Playful End-of-the-Year Thank You Gift for Teachers

Thanks to Pinterest (see paragraph at the end of the post!) I found a playful, yummy, and useful way to thank my kids’ teachers for being such a important part of their lives this year.  Here’s the gift we put together for each of the 5 teachers.  A beach bucket filled with candy and teacher supplies … with each item representing an aspect of why we are so thankful.

Here’s the letter that will be signed by my kids and included in the bucket …

I SKORed big when I got you for a teacher this year. Don’t SNICKER, but I think you’re FANTA-stic! I’d be a NERD if I didn’t thank you for helping me put PIECES of knowledge together. You are MOUNDS of fun and you have brought me so much JOY. I think you ROCK and are definitely a CUT above the rest. Thanks BEARY much for always being so JOLLY and for helping me become so SMART and SHARP. Teachers like you are worth a MINT. You are Mighty & Magnificent and made this such a COLORFUL year. Thank you STICKING by me and for helping quench my THIRST for learning. I hope you have a KOOL and SMOOTH summer!

On the back of the poem, I copied this key …

SKOR = candy bar
SNICKER = Snickers bar
FANTA-STIC = Fanta orange soda
NERD = Nerd Candy
PIECES = Reese’s Pieces
MOUNDS = candy bar
JOY = Almond Joy candy bar
ROCK = PopRocks
CUT = Scissors
BEARY = gummy bears
JOLLY = Jolly Rancher candy
SMART = smarties candy
SHARP = sharpie marker
MINT = Peppermint Patty
Mighty & Magnificent = M&M candies
COLORFUL = crayons
STICKING = post-it notes
THRIST = insulated cup
KOOL = Kool Aid
SMOOTH = lotion

I find SO much inspiration from Pinterest and this gift is no exception.  The basis of the idea was from a Candy Gram Pail post from Simply Savvy.  Then … I also used other ideas that I found (also on Pinterest) to add in … such as “FANTA-stic teacher” from 4 Men 1 Lady, “smarties & sharpies” from Little Pumpkin Grace, “cut-above the rest” scissors from Skip to My Lou,  “Kool summer” from Classroom DIY!, adapted “smooth” year from Oops, I Craft My Pants (yes, you just read that correctly!)!  Thank you ALL!

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Susan Case

    haha – the teacher will LOVE it. I never met a teacher yet who didn’t crave chocolate. Teachers will need those sugar rushes as the end nears.

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