Back to School Gift Ideas for the Teacher

20 EASY, Inexpensive and adorable teacher gift ideas for the first day of school! Lots of FREE Printables!!**We start school on Tuesday!  Eek!  Someone stop the clock, puh-lease!**

I would like to try to bring a little something to the Happy Buddy’s teachers on the first day, so I have been searching the Internet for inspiration.

As always, I try to look for budget-friendly, EASY options with some serious cute factor.

Plus, I am a teacher, so I only share the things that I would like to receive! :-)

Here are 20 Back to School Teacher Gift Ideas that really fit the bill. :-)

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A pack of EXTRA gum and this clever FREE Printable tag from Sweet Metel Moments.

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A Little Tipsy knows that teachers can always use a bundle of Sharpies.

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This Lightbulb Post-It Gift is only $1 plus the FREE Printable tag from Landee See, Landee Do.

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A small App Store Gift Card and cleverly adorable tag from Everything Etsy would be just the perfect gift.

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Lil’ Luna crafted up this cheerful Ball Mason Jar Gift and FREE Printable tag.

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Love this Tootsie Roll Gift plus FREE tag at The Taylor House.

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How awesome is this FREE Printable Back to School Checklist tag from Hairy Shoe Fairy?!

Chocolate is ESSENTIAL during the first week back!

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Speaking of chocolate, grab a bag of Flips Chocolate Covered Pretzels (nom nom nom) and slap on this FREE Printable tag from Simply This and That.

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Love this FREE Printable tag to attach to the traditional apple over at Positively Splendid.

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The Crafting Chicks featured this creative USB Charger Gift Idea with FREE Printable.

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Washi Tape and a FREE Printable tag jazzes up a recycled tin can over at SNAP.

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Play Create Grow bundled up some much-needed Dry Erase Markers with a cute tag about the new year.

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You can’t go wrong with a gift of a Notepad.

Check out this inexpensive, note-worthy idea from Three Little Monkeys Studio.

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What a happy little Gum Ball Jar and FREE Printable tag from The Diary of Dave’s Wife!

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Would you believe that Laura Winslow Photography found this cute bag in the Dollar Spot at Target?!  FREE Printable tag included on her blog!

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I liked the design on this Thirst Quenching Tag from Fresh Mommy Blog.

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I can’t think of a teacher (unless he’s a he!) that wouldn’t love getting a little something to spiff up her toe nails for the new year.

Reading Confetti shared this idea and a FREE Printable tag!

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A little gift of Soda might be just the caffeine fix your Happy Buddy’s teacher needs to get through the first week back!

The Diary of Dave’s Wife has the FREE Printable.

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Find out your teacher’s favorite treat and attach this FREE tag from The Crafting Chicks.

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Finally, M&Ms are the perfect gift in the Happy Buddy’s opinion.

Thanks to Katherine Marie for the sweet presentation and idea!

Hopefully I will be back with another cute Back to School Teacher Gift and FREE Printable for you later this week!

Happy Back to School Teacher Gift-ing! :-)

*Find even MORE great Back to School Gift Ideas HERE!*

Back to School Supply Scavenger Hunt – FREE Printable!

If you have even stepped two feet outside of your Happy Home, you know that the stores are overflowing with Back to School Supplies.

Does anyone else get a thrill out of a brand new box of crayons?? :-)

Last year I bought 75 boxes for 40 cents each at Wal-Mart.

I am not even kidding about that.

Here is a fun way to treat your Happy Buddies to their school supplies this year – give them a School Supply Scavenger Hunt!

It’s super easy.

Just purchase the basics – crayons, markers, pencils, notebooks, paper, scissors, glue, and a ruler.

Then use my FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt Cards to hide the supplies around your Happy Home!

Your Happy Buddies will just love racing from one rhyming clue to the next, filling their backpacks with the things that they will need for the new school year.

Here’s a peak at what your FREE Printable School Supply Scavenger Hunt Cards look like…

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**GREAT IDEA ALERT!**

Want to use this School Supply Scavenger Hunt AND get your Happy Buddies thinking about others??

Simply put a double of each school supply at each of the Scavenger Hunt locations.

Then hand your Happy Buddy another backpack and tell him that he is going on a hunt not only for his own supplies, but for the supplies of a child less fortunate.

Finally, have your Happy Buddy donate the backpack to a local charity or organization that is having a Back to School Supply Drive – our church is donating backpacks and school supplies right now to 4 Kids of South Florida.

I think some Staples locations are hosting School Supply Drives as well.

AND…

If you like this FREE Printable from Happy Home Fairy, please ‘Like’ the Fairy on Facebook so that you can stay up-to-date on all the Happy Home magic!

Happy School Supply Scavenger Hunt-ing! :-)

Back to School Countdown Prayer Chain

back to school countdown prayer chain! have your child list several people at hisher school that you can pray for every day leading up to the first day of school!

The Happy Buddy will be starting PreK-4 {{gasp!!}} on Tuesday next week and I wanted to come up with a fun way to countdown to his first day.

I also wanted to get out of the rut we’ve gotten into with praying… It seems that we spend an awful LOT of time confessing sins and me praying for him to grow in obedience and kindness, but we have often missed out on the opportunity to pray for others.

So in an effort to combine the countdown and our desire to pray beyond ourselves, we came up with this Back to School Countdown Prayer Chain.

school countdown prayer chain - so cute!We gathered up several sheets of colored construction paper and cut out a school bus (like our countdown last year), as well as several fat strips.

We talked about all of the people at his school who work so hard to make his learning environment a wonderful, Christ-centered, nurturing place.  Then we wrote out their names on each of the strips of paper – his new teacher, his old teacher, the PE teacher, the head of school, the preschool director, some of his classmates, etc.

We stapled the strips together and pull off a new one every night before bed.

We have been doing our prayer chain for the last 4 nights and let me just tell you how much I LOVE IT!

I love seeing the Happy Buddy get excited about praying for these super special people.

I love that he is learning the importance of lifting up another person in prayer.

school countdown prayer chain - I love this!And I love that he has a cute visual of how much more time we have left until his first day (so I don’t go nuts answering that question 3,456,782 times).

Happy Back to School Countdown Prayer Chain-ing! :-)

“First, I want all of you to pray for everyone.  Ask God to bless them.  Give thanks for them…” 1 Timothy 2:1

A Tribute to the Lunchbox Staple

Every day I fix the Happy Buddy a peanut butter sandwich for his school lunch.

Just the PB – no J.

(The Happy Buddy’s not one to try new things easily.)

But one of these days I will introduce him to the J.

Because there’s nothin’ quite like it!

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Case in point…

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Start the day right with these deliciously simple PB&J Pancakes from Finding My Feet.

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Check out these yummy PB&J Cookies at Celebrations.

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Ever thought to stick a PB&J in your freezer?

Weelicious did with these scrumptious PB&J Pops!

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You Happy Buddy might not like maki, but maybe food the resembles maki?

Find out how to make these PB&J Sushi Rolls from Shine.

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You don’t need to spend any extra money on those Uncrustables at the supermarket.

Make your own using a sandwich pastry press from Tasty Kitchen.

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Framed Cooks made a batch of PB&J Bars that look better than the sandwich itself.

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Betty Crocker shows you how to make easy peasy PB&J Cupcakes – starting with a cake mix.

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I want to jump into that fluffy mess of Fruity PB&J Yogurt Dip from The Wannabe Chef.

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Munchkin Munchies threw a Back to School Party for her grandkids and made this super awesome Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake.

What a fun tradition to celebrate year after year!

After all this PB&J inspiration, I think I better go fix one for myself…

Happy PB&J-ing! :-)

After School Snacks – For the Health Nut

Last week brought a delicious After School Snack Round-Up that didn’t exactly say “Brain Food.”

(You can see all that yumminess HERE.)

So here is a follow-up post featuring some snacks that do your little students’ body some good. :-)

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How cute are these little Fruit Bug Snacks from Snack Picks?

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Little Page Turners made this adorable Banana Caterpillar.

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Carrot and Celery Sticks standing tall in a cup filled with dip – yummy and mess-free fun from HERE.

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Fuel up with these healthy Apple and Grape Car Snacks from Bent On Better Lunches.

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Almost Unschoolers flutters by with these fun Orange Slice Butterflies.

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Your Happy Buddies will slither up to the table to eat some Cucumber Snakes from The Family Kitchen.

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If I could eat grapes forever – I would – so this Peacock Snack from Canadian Family really rings my bell.

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Your Happy Buddies will giggle at these Veggie and Cheese Faces found HERE.

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Y’all KNOW how I feel about crunchy things.  Find a great collection of Healthy Snack Mix Ideas for Kids at Cooking Light.

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And finally, this personal-sized Veggie Rainbow found HERE makes me so happy!

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*Hey, with all the Veggies and Fruits your Happy Buddies will be eating with these great After School Snack Ideas, they will love filling in their very own Fruit and Veggie Tracker Chart.  Print one out FREE at Super Healthy Kids!*

Happy After School Healthy Snack-ing! :-)

After School Snacks – Junk Edition

When I was a little girl, my favorite thing to eat was bread.

Holy cow I could not get enough of the stuff.

The town I grew up in had a little Bread Shoppe that I’d frequent on my walk home from school.

I think I paid 50 cents each for the bakery’s special Cracked Wheat Rolls… Mmmm… Toasted with some grape jam…

Those rolls were the perfect after school snack.

But now…  Now if I had my choice of after school snacks, I’d ditch the bread and dig into one of these delicious options instead…

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These No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod are the very snack that inspired this post!

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Quick and easy to prepare, these Gooey Golden Graham S’mores Treats from Six Sisters’ Stuff would be the best way to end a long day at school.

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I just love how Dukes and Duchesses glammed up a traditional glass of milk for her Happy Buddies to find when they came home from school.

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One of the Happy Hubby’s favorite treats is Reese’s Pieces, so I know he’d gobble up these Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Bars from Joy in the Jumble.

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There’s nothing like good ole’ Cheerios to help things seem better.

Check this yummy recipe out over at Kathie Cooks.

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These colorful cookies from Hoosier Homemade have a happy photograph that speaks for itself. :-)

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And, last but not least, several weeks ago a dear friend brought us a plate of these Rolo Pretzel Turtles from How Does She?.

Let’s just say that between the Happy Hubby and the Happy Hubby, there weren’t any treats left by morning. :-)

And there you have it!

I hope one of these recipes will find its way into your little students’ bellies this Back to School Season!

Your Happy Buddies work hard all day crunching numbers and memorizing state capitols, they deserve something special.

*Stop by later this week for a post featuring After School Snack Ideas for the Health Nut.*

Happy After School Snack-ing! :-)

The Cure for Test Anxiety

Now that school is in session, it is inevitable that your Happy Buddies are going to need to get back into the groove of studying.

Sometimes the art of taking a test, however, can prove to be quite debilitating!

You Happy Buddy could end up stressed, anxious, or just plain exhausted from working so hard in preparation.

These Candy Grams are just the thing to curb those test-taking nerves!

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Skip to My Lou features the above FREE Printable for you to print and hide in your Happy Buddy’s notebook – just add the candy!

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She also has this adorable Airhead Printable.

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You’ll find an entire sheet of FREE Printable tags at Ginger Snaps that pair perfectly with a variety of candies.

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Pinterest has a slew of Testing Candy Gram Ideas, too.

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it is what it is has another great Smarties FREE Printable for test-taking purposes.

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These last two Candy Gram Ideas are from Mads Memories – a super fun way she blessed her Happy Buddies when they were having a rough go of it at the beginning of the school year.

Treats + Encouraging Words… Sounds like my kind of motivation!

I’m starting to wish that I still had to take tests!

Happy Candy Gram Test-ing! :-)