Your child’s teacher does so much more than teach reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. They are there, every day, cheering your child’s victories, drying tears of frustration, bandaging knees, refereeing arguments, encouraging creativity, and helping your little ones find their voices. In other words, they are you when you’re not there. How can you possibly thank someone for loving your child (almost!) as much as you do?

Well, October 5th is World Teacher Day – the perfect day to try! A handmade gift is a wonderful way to show your child’s teacher just how much you appreciate everything they’re doing for your family. Plus, crafting is fun! So, take some time this weekend to make something meaningful that your teacher will cherish forever, like:

Painted Potted Plant

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What You’ll Need:
Plain terra cotta pot and saucer
All surface primer
Acrylic paints
Spray sealer
Paint brush
Round sponge dotting brush
Potting soil
Plant of your choice

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What You’ll Do:

Lay down newspaper, a tarp, or an old sheet to protect your outdoor work surface, then spray your pot with primer and allow to dry.

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Many primers come in a color – you might find one you like. If not, when the primer is dry, let your child paint the pot in a solid color.

Squirt a few different colors of acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Show your child how to dip the round sponge dotting brush into the paint, press on a scrap paper to eliminate excess paint, then press firmly onto the pot to make a polka dot.

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Continue pressing and dotting, one color at a time, rinsing and drying your dotting sponge between each color.

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When the polka dots are dry, spray both pieces with sealer to protect the paint. Applying several coats will protect the pot from the elements.

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When the sealer is dry, ask your child to fill the pot ¾ full of potting soil using a small shovel or large spoon.

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Show your child how to dig a small hole in the center of the dirt and nestle the roots of your plant into the hole so that the base of the plant is flush with the top of the dirt, then water gently to saturate the dirt and pat the top down flat.

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Stained Glass Pencil Jar

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What You’ll Need:
Medium-sized Mason jar
Small colored tissue squares
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Ribbon

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What You’ll Do:

Using the sponge brush, have your child paint the entire outside of the jar with Mod Podge.

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While the Mod Podge is still wet, have your child place a square of tissue, then you use the sponge brush to dab over the tissue with Mod Podge. Older kids may be able to do this themselves, but it can be tricky.

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Continue taking turns placing and dabbing the tissue paper squares, overlapping to create new colors, until the jar is covered.

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When the jar is dry, tie a coordinating ribbon around the middle and add a pack of pencils or a set of dry erase markers for a truly useful gift.

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Homemade Bookmark

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What You’ll Need:
Heavy duty card stock in multiple colors
Acrylic or Tempura paints
Thin paint brushes
Mod Podge
Ribbon

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What You’ll Do:

Cut a set of three or four bookmark-sized pieces out of your card stock – 1” wide by 6” high is standard. Round the edges so they’re less likely to get bent.

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Have your child use their fingers to decorate each of the book marks.

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When the paint is dry, spread a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire painted surface of each bookmark.

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When the Mod Podge is dry, turn the bookmarks over and have your child sign and date each one in marker.

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Stack the bookmarks and tie them in a bundle with ribbon. Consider adding a Barnes & Noble gift card as an extra special thank you!!

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Happy World Teacher Day!

 

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