Did you know that it’s Teacher Appreciation week? If you did, kudos to you. You are on top of it! If not, I won’t feel so bad that I was asked by another fellow parent in my son’s preschool class what we are going to do for their teacher this week. And why did they ask me, you ask? Oh yeah, I’m the “room parent”, lol. You know, the one in charge of all the celebrations. Oops! Slippin’ up on my job. Thankfully, I was able to get other parents to chip in on the classroom festivities, because really who has time for all this? This week is super important as we are celebrating one of the most important people in our children’s lives. I’m so glad someone told me! And because Troy’s teacher rocks I really wanted to do something from just us to show her how much we care. Being that my mom was a preschool teacher for many many years and that I volunteer in the classroom a couple times a month I know how stressful a teacher’s job can be. So, to lighten the mood I thought we’d take a humorous approach to this gift. I like to call it “Pull Tab for Stress Relief (i.e. chocolate!)”. If you read my bio, you know I’m not a chocolate fan, but I know most people are and crave it in the time of stress, so chocolate it is (at least this way I was able resist eating half the bag). Alright, enough about that. Let’s get down to how it’s done.
- A can o’ fruit (beans, etc. could get stinky). I used a 15oz can of fruit cocktail. Make sure you get one with a pull tab cause that makes it all the more fun.
- Some sort of Chocolate candy (I prefer something wrapped, but something as simple as M&M’s could work as well).
- Fun, colorful paper (or have your child paint some of his own. Wish I would have thought of that before I made the project).
- Tissue Paper
- Some minor computer skills to make a label or just write it out yourself. To use the label I made, CLICK HERE to download your FREE printable.
- Hot glue gun
- Can opener
Here’s what to do:
- Try to remove the paper from the can carefully so that you can use it as a template to cut out your own custom paper to wrap around the can.
- Carefully use a can opener to open the bottom of the can and empty out the original contents (hopefully you bought something you can use). Clean out the can and let dry.
- While it’s drying might as well use that template to cut your paper. You can cut your labels and ribbon too.
- Once the cans are dry, turn them upside down and fill them with candy and then stuff the rest of the can with tissue paper (this way the teacher won’t see the hot glue mess on the bottom).
- Carefully hot glue the bottom of the can back on.
- Wrap and glue your new snazzy paper around the can.
- Glue labels on. Also make sure to line up the arrow with the tab (I didn’t do this the first time around…duh!).
- Tie ribbons onto pull tab on top.
Viola! Super cute, right?