With Teacher Appreciation Week around the corner, here are some FUN ways to show your teacher how much they are appreciated within the constraints of social distancing! 18 fun and creative Quarantine Teacher Appreciation Ideas!
Some of these ideas can be done right at the last minute and do not take much planning at all. Regardless of your community’s social distancing regulations, there is certainly something for everyone on this list!
Quarantine Teacher Appreciation Ideas
1) Print a Class Photo!
All the teachers I know are missing their kiddos and this year is ending a little different than normal. One idea is to make a Photo Canvas for your Teachers with a photo of the entire class, or maybe a First Day of School Photo of your child and the teacher!
2) Send Your Teacher a Box from FabFitFun
Our teachers have been working harder than ever this year and they deserve a little time and pampering. One of my All time favorite “Me Time” Things is my box from FabFitFun! You can send one of these as a gift to your teacher as a special thank you gift! Each Box contains over $200 worth of products and right now they are only $39.99 with the code SPRINGLOVE at checkout! It’s not only a great deal, but an easy way to send some special items to the teachers you love!
3) Give the Gift of Audiobooks!
I’m sure every teacher is looking forward to relaxing a little over the summer months and an Audible Gift Subscription is a great way to give them the gift of books digitally! You can send a Gift Subscription to their email so it’s easy to send and receive! Each gift subscription includes 1 Audio Book + 2 Audible original books each month! You can choose from 1 month for only $15, 3 months for $45 all the way up to a year so it’s really flexible based on your budget. You could also as several classmates to go in together!
4) Send an E-Gift Card
I love using GiftCards.com because there are literally over 300 gift card options that I can send my favorite teachers by email! From Sephora and Michaels to Krispy Kreme and Outback, the options are practically endless! There are so many popular stores, so your teacher can use this time at home to shop online and have their package delivered right to their home!
5) Order Yard Signs
Locally, we have several yard sign companies you can hire to place birthday or new baby signs up in front of any home or business in town! They also have “Thank You” signs! I’m sure you could order a thank sign for your teacher or school in the school colors!
6) Nice Email of Thanks
Simple is meaningful, too! As a parent, sending a heartfelt email of appreciation to your child’s teacher is truly so touching!
7) Send a card to the school
If you don’t know the home address, you can send a greeting card to your child’s school with “Attn: Teacher’s Name” on the envelope. A simple store-bought or homemade greeting card of thanks will brighten their day! Depending on your town’s social distancing protocols right now, it might be a bit before the teacher stops by the school to pick up their mail.
8) Arrange Restaurant Pick-Up or Delivery
If they give the okay, you could arrange to have the teacher’s meal paid for at a local restaurant so they can pick it up curbside or have it delivered! All you’d have to do is contact the teacher first, tell them you’d love to arrange for a meal and ask them when would work best to order and schedule it!
9) Amazon Wish List
I LOVE Amazon wish lists and registries. The homeroom parent could arrange a teacher appreciation registry where your child’s teacher can choose many little things they like at all different price points, and the parents could have things shipped directly to their home! I love this option because it keeps the address hidden, so the teacher does not have to give their address out to everyone who wants to send a gift.
10) Zoom Signs
During Teacher Appreciation Week, the students could hold up homemade signs of appreciation during their regularly scheduled Zoom call with their teacher! It would be such a nice surprise and their teacher could take a screenshot to remember it by, even though the student can’t give the sign in person.
11) Share the Love on Zoom
During the Zoom call, students can each take a turn sharing what they like OR a funny story they remember from earlier in the school year. It would be a way to fill your teacher’s heart with joy and silly memories, for sure!
12) Send Flowers
If you know your teacher’s address, you could send flowers or a plant during teacher appreciation week. For that matter, you could send cookies, a fruit bouquet, or a monthly subscription box, too!
13) Change Your Profile Photo
Either on social media, Zoom, or on the Remind or ClassTag apps that many teachers use, you could change your profile photo to a handmade sign of appreciation that your child has made!
14) Custom Zoom Background
If you’re tech-savvy, why not change your Zoom background to a large note of appreciation?! I guarantee you that your child’s teacher would notice it in an instant! Or, you could always add a hand-lettered poster behind your child while they’re on Zoom, too!!
15) Email a Photo
Here’s a simply sweet idea! Have your child color a poster of appreciation either on poster board or an 8.5×11 white sheet of paper. Then, all you have to do is take a photo of your child holding it and message or email it to your child’s teacher! I’m sure they’d save that photo always!!
16) Drive-by Parade
This one would take some planning, but parents could host a drive-by parade! There are two ways you can do this: The first way is at a certain time, is have students’ parents drive past the teacher’s home (or a different location pre-determined that the teacher will be waiting in the car at).
Decorate the cars with balloons, garlands, and homemade signs! The second way to do this is to have all of the teachers meet at school and stay in their cars. The parents can go through the car rider line with cars decorated and their children waving from the windows!
17) Community Ribbons
This one also takes some planning, but as a community or neighborhood, agree on a color (most likely the school color of the high school’s sports team), and everyone in the community could put a ribbon around their tree or mailbox in support of the teachers! The ribbons could be kept up for the entirety of teacher appreciation week and regardless of where teachers went in town, they’d see the ribbons tied all over and feel appreciated!
18) Yard Sign for Your Yard
For this option, you could make or buy a sign for your own yard in appreciation of your child’s school and teachers! A simple poster hung up in a front window would be so heartfelt! Or, you could purchase one from a printing company with the two thin metal stakes at the bottom that you could put near the front of your home.
You could do a Kudoboard for them! The team at Kudoboard is giving away 1 free premium board right now for anyone to show their appreciation for teachers during this time. Just use the code ThanksTeachers2020 from this page here.
As you can see, there are SO many ways you can show your child’s teacher and school how much they are appreciated! As always, keep in mind that communities have different social distancing guidelines, so please respect that when putting these awesome ideas into action!