When I was young, Teachers’ Day was a big deal in our home for my sister and I – not because we were excited about giving our teachers presents, but because being daughters of two teachers, we got first dibs on their presents! Those days, our parents, being primary school teachers, got an assortment of presents, the bulk of which were stationery, which pleased us to no end. 🙂
Fast forward 20 years and I have school-going kids of my own, I truly appreciate the hard work put in by my kids’ teachers. If I feel tired just managing my two, imagine them with their class of 15 (for Shannon) and 30 (for Jason)! So every Teachers’ Day, I’ve made it a point to get my kids involved in making their teacher something to thank them. It’s the least they can do.
After the Colour-Infused Carnations experiment last week, the flowers lasted so well it seemed a waste to just leave them for display in our home. I decided to make Shannon’s teachers each a mini bouquet, with Shannon’s help. We made 10 or so, and had enough for her three teachers, principal, couple of others who really dote on her, as well as the two cleaning aunties and one cook in her school!
1) Stalks of flowers, colour-infused for added charm, or store-bought coloured ones, snipped to 15cm or so in height. (I just eye-balled it)
2) Cotton pads or balls for soaking water to keep flower alive
3) Aluminium foil (small rectangles 1inch by 2inches)
4) Plastic bag or mesh for wrapping flowers. I had some leftover Glad coloured wrappers so cut each bag into 2.
1) Wash off the colouring if you are using colour-infused flowers (you don’t want teachers to get weird colour stains on their fingers!) Wet one cotton ball, use it to encase the bottom of the stalk and wrap it up with aluminium foil. Shannon who is just under four years old, helped me with this step after seeing me do it a few times.
2) Face the flower upwards and align it with the plastic wrap, as you would wrap a usual-sized bouquet. Scrunge up the sides and bottom, and use tape to tie it together. Dress it up with washi tape or ribbons and you’re done! I think they would look really pretty with some baby’s breath, but I didn’t have time to run out to get some.
Here are our mini bouquets, all ready to be given to Shannon’s teachers.
I included in each gift: a black pouch, a Sharpie, a pack of ready-mix hot chocolate with marshmallows/tea bags and a home-made card by Shannon. Here are the packages all ready to be distributed!
Update: Another idea could be this no-sew art kit, but just replace the crayons with pens/markers, or using this idea to make a “Best Teacher” sign, or a pencil-holder using a milk tin? The possibilities are endless!
Happy Teachers’ Day to the dedicated teachers in Singapore.