Teacher Appreciation: Countdown to Summer/Back to School

I’ve been working on quite a few smaller projects lately.  Since most of my creative time is spent working on orders for the Etsy shop and most of my project time is spent dealing with giant organizing/spring tasks, it’s been nice to work on something new.  I have a whole list of things I want to share with you and with Teacher Apprecition Week/Day fast approaching (It’s the week of May 4-8th this year.  I looked it up!), I figured that would be a good place to start.


My children and I have been very lucky to have a lot of great teachers so far, and this year I am particulary happy with my children’s teachers and how helpful they have been with the kids’ transition to the new schools.  I know teacher appreciation gifts aren’t a requirement, but I’m always happy to have an excuse brighten someone’s day, especially ones that go out of their way for my children.  This year I decided to go with my signature countdown blocks to use as Teacher Appreciation gifts.  I do these blocks for all sorts of occasions (pregnancy, holiday, vacation, etc).  I have given them as teacher gifts in the past and they are always well received – everyone loves a good countdown.  The blocks have numbers on all the sides and you just rotate them from side to side to show the correct number of days left as you count down.

Countdown Blocks Teacher Appreciation Back to SchoolTeacher Appreciation Days Til Summer CountdownThe base block is double-sided for even more countdown fun.  In May, the teachers can use the blocks to count down until the end of the school year.  And in the fall the base block can be flipped to the other side, which reads “days ’til school” and they can countdown to the beginning of the next school year.  (I’m tricky like that – always trying to find another way to get a little more use out of my crafts)

Teacher Appreciation Countdown to School Blocks

I’m still working on a cute saying to put on the tag or card.  Maybe something like ‘I can always count on you teacher!”  ?? (If you have a better pun, please share!)

Now I can happily pat myself on the back for being ahead of the game and not rushing to find a last minute teacher appreciation idea.  If only I knew what to do about Mother’s day…

I’m curious though – what’s your favorite teacher appreciation gift idea?  And also, do you do teacher appreciation gifts for just the teachers of the younger children or do you carry it on once they get to high school?

Featured at:  Diana Rambles: Back to School Ideas
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12 thoughts on “Teacher Appreciation: Countdown to Summer/Back to School

  1. Crystal says:

    These are really cute and so creative. What do you use to attach the numbers to the blocks and does it hold up well? I would love to make one of these for the kids at home for them to count down how many days they have left of school.


    • alaynascreations says:

      Thanks Crystal! The numbers are vinyl – I used my Silhouette machine to cut them out. The back of the vinyl is already sticky, like stickers. You could use stickers or modge podge or gel medium are good adhesives as well. The best way I’ve found to make craft projects more durable is to give them a coat or two of poly (Polycrylic) to finish them off.


  2. momilyhomily says:

    Such a cute idea! We’re big on countdowns around these parts. 🙂 It’s been great co-hosting the #homemattersparty with you during the month of July. I can’t believe the month is already coming to a close.


    • alaynascreations says:

      Thanks! I love countdowns too – and so do my kids! I think we end up with at least 3 advent-type things for Christmas every year 😉
      August came way too quickly didn’t it? I’ve been having fun with the #HomeMattersParty too!


  3. mmgmom says:

    As a teacher I can appreciate this countdown to summer calendar. I think it would awesome to use it for other holidays as well. Love cohosting #HomeMatters with you.


  4. Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabit says:

    These are really nice- so unique for a teacher appreciation gift. I usually give something for the end of the year rather than during this week- I will keep this idea in mind for next year! Or even at the holidays.

    We are enjoying are time co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you!


  5. Diana Rambles says:

    This post is featured over at Diana Rambles today as part of a Back to School Round Up and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest and Twitter.


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