Teacher appreciation homemade gifts ideas

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Teacher appreciation homemade gifts ideas
Present your child's teacher with a homemade gift this year. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Teacher appreciation week gives parents and children the opportunity to thank teachers for their hard work and commitment. A homemade gift shows that you have taken time and effort into creating something personal. Your child's teacher will not expect an extravagant or expensive gift; often a handwritten note or something that comes from the heart are the most treasured gifts of all.

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Best Teacher Diploma

Teachers often reward hardworking students with certificates and stickers. Have your child create a "World's best teacher" diploma on a piece of card stock to present to his teacher. Include enough room for the name of the teacher, the date and a space for your child to officially sign the document. Decorate the diploma with glue and crayons and place into a frame to protect it. Alternatively, laminate the finished diploma instead so that it does not rip in his backpack.

Thank You Plant

A potted plant is a sweet gesture that will not only brighten up your teacher's desk, but also serve as a metaphor for how her guidance has assisted her students. Glue a photograph of your child or the entire class onto a small piece of card stock. Write the words "Thank you for helping me to grow" above the image. Attach the piece of card onto a wooden stick and place into the soil.

Heartfelt Letter

Many teachers often comment that the most thoughtful gifts are simply students or parents expressing appreciation in the form a handwritten note. Sit down together with your child and talk about when your teacher has done something that has made a difference, such as making math simpler to understand or stopping bullies. Put your thoughts into words and write a heartfelt letter of appreciation. This will mean more than any generic candy or chocolate that you could buy from a store.

Appreciation Scrapbook

Organise pictures and mementos from your child's school life into a commemorative scrapbook. Include a poster from the school play, class photographs and a handwritten poem from your child. Bind the contents together into a small book using decorative ribbon. Start the book with a message from your child such as "I appreciate Mr Jones because he is kind and helpful." Alternatively, ask each member of the class to write a short message into the book as a gift from the whole class.

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