Well, not exactly. Or at all.
Disclaimer: There are NO apples in this post.
This week I feel it is appropriate to blog about showing appreciation for our teachers and everything that they do for our children. Isn't that what our gifts really say? We appreciate you!!
I really had a hard time deciding what to get for my 3 year old's pre-k teachers. For starters, there are 3 of them. I was going to do gift cards, but couldn't decide where the gift cards should be for. Some swear by DD, some by Starbucks and SOME by McDonald's coffee (not me - bleh). And then there's Panera or Cosi's or....and on and on the list goes. I really wanted to try and think of something that I felt good about. I also wanted my daughter to have a hand in the planning and making of it.
About a week ago, we were getting our hair cut and I was talking to my hairdresser about this dilemma. She happened to have a craft book on hand so we were looking through the book and discussing options as she cut. We came across a reusable lunch bag and I knew I had my idea.
When we got home, my daughter and I went through the fabric that I have in my stash. She chose a fabric that she wanted to use for each of her teachers. I also found a great heavy black denim that could be used as the inside of the bags.
Now, I would like to say that I was very methodical in my planning and making of this bag, but I wasn't. I did it on the fly and made them a size that I thought "looked about right." Thank goodness it really is "about right." :)
As you can see, I appliqued each teacher's last name initial on the front of the bag in the black denim. I used a nice, big, black button with a ribbon for a simple closure and folded the bag to look like a lunch bag.
Now comes the part where my daughter REALLY took part. She made the goodies for the inside (and I made sure she didn't wipe her nose or lick her fingers while making these, I promise!).
She put a Hershey's Kiss in the middle of each pretzel. The white and red ones are the candy cane Hershey Kisses (white chocolate and mint). Then I put the tray of pretzels with Kisses in a 400 degree oven for 2 minutes. When they came out my daughter pressed an M&M into the middle. Yummy!
When they were all cooled down, they went into a plastic bag and into the lunch bag.
Three teachers gifts down - about 100 more to go (over the years, that is)!!
PS If this gift goes over well, I think I might just recycle the idea and give every teacher each year a lunch bag. Why not?
PPS Like this bag? Why not get one for yourself or someone you love and appreciate! These are currently available in my Etsy shop, LittlePunkin'Pie.