“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”
— Cynthia Ozick
As the school year comes to a close, many preschoolers wave goodbye to the grownups who have anchored their days for the better part of a year. These gurus of patience nurture dozens of little characters at once and teach them the developmental groundwork that touches their lives for decades to come.
So as kids prepare to step up to new classroom adventures, here’s a creative way to say thank you to those special teachers with just a handful of colorful sidewalk chalk, a big smile and the magic of photography.
Snap a living thank you card
Teachers get lots of trinkets that can quickly become desk clutter. Check out this crafty idea from Paging Fun Mums and make your child the star in a personalized thank-you card teachers will treasure.
First, stage the pose so you can scale the drawing to fit. After you figure out the shot, use colorful chalk to draw a giant flower pot and oversized message: “Thank you 4 helping me grow.” Pose your child in the drawing, and then take the photo from above by standing on something like a stepladder, truck bed or deck. Not too keen on putting kids on the sidewalk? Take this same idea and draw it on a whiteboard, chalkboard or use butcher paper taped to a wall.
Get creative and invite ideas from kids. They can lie down as stand-ins for the stem coming out of the pot, be the face in the flower bloom, or stand off to the side. How about adding the teacher’s name, perhaps as a label on the flowerpot?
When you’ve got the perfect photo, make it into a card, print or frame it and give your child the pleasure of presenting this adorable gift.
This simple project gives kids an opportunity to “grow gratitude” and have fun creating a uniquely personalized gift for the teachers they treasure.