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Apple Basket and Books: School Teacher Gifts Keep Giving

Friday, August 19, 2011

Back-to-School Snack Gift for Classroom:
During the first month of school I’ve started a tradition to send a basket full of apples along with an apple slicer (wedger) to the teacher for class snacks.  The teacher can keep the basket and slicer and I write a little note explaining I will bring in more apples each month throughout the school year (the gift that keeps on giving).
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Apple Basket with Slicer: Refilled monthly for class snacks
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APPLE SLICER:  I love my apple wedger from Pampered Chef.  I’ve tried another generic store version but it wasn’t as sharp or durable. The teacher can reuse it throughout the year so the kids have a quick healthy snack.
Apple Treat CardFree Apple Card Printable by obSEUSSed, for non-commercial use only. Click on picture, then copy and paste into your document program to print as many as you need.
You can use this card to attach to your gift or make your own. Make sure to let the teacher know if you plan to bring in apples throughout the year so they’ll keep the slicer at school.
Other blogs with cute apple printables:
Lil Luna: Shindig Parties to Go- Apple Thank You Card Printables
Catch My Party: Apple themed Back-to-School printables
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BASKET: You could just take the apples and slicer in the cute paper apple bag from the grocery store but I found this basket at the thrift store for $1. I see them there all the time and they are in great condition to be re-used.
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I found this cute apple metal bell at the dollar store this summer. I’m throwing that in the basket as well.
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I also made this pencil vase filled with flower pens at the end of school last year. I found the idea on Pinterest from Shindig Parties to Go.
Click to see how I made it.110_3905_1 100_4971_1I also created this tutu hanging flower basket as a thank you for a dance teacher. I came up with this one on my own. See how I made it here.
Most teachers love getting books as gifts too. You may want to scope out their classroom stash before buying one. You could also ask the teacher for a classroom book wish list to distribute to the parents for Christmas or teacher appreciation week gift ideas.
Make sure your read Ten Apples Up on Top! to your child. You need to have a copy of this book at home but it would also make a great gift. It is by Theo LeSieg (also known as Dr. Seuss!)

Check out this fun apple activity to go along with the book by Jenae at I Can Teach My Child.

10 Apples from ICanTeachMyChild

My other favorite apple book is the ABC book A Apple Pie by Gennady Spirin. Or try the original version, A Apple Pie by Kate Greenaway. Each letter tells you what they do to the pie (B: bit it), and has lovely early American illustrations. This is a great classic to have.

A Few More Apple Books: (Click on any book pictures for more details)

Disclosure: Check these books out at your library, if you like them you can purchase from clicking the link and I receive a very small percentage from Amazon.

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Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

That basket of apples would make an awesome gift!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the bell you found. I think a teacher would love to get this gift.

Tauni said...

V, This is such a great idea! Unfortunately, only packaged foods are allowed at the kids school. I miss out on all the classroom treat fun!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

What a fantastic idea, Victoria! And healthy, too :) Thanks for linking up to Point of View. I featured your apple basket on my blog today...

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