22 creative themes to help you CELEBRATE Teacher Appreciation Week with style!
Have you been racking your brain trying to come up with unique themes for Teacher Appreciation Week? Are you tired of combing Pinterest for ideas you haven’t already done in the past? Are you a new PTA/PTO mom who has no idea where/how to start planning? Do you even know when Teacher Appreciation Week is?
It is okay! Take a deep breath. I’m here to help!
Stop wasting your valuable and precious time – let ME help YOU!
First off, in case you were not aware, officially Teacher Appreciation Week is held in the United States during the first FULL week in May.
Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the early leaders who encouraged congress to recognize this holiday in the first place? National PTA and NEA were also a part of the movement to help spread awareness and establish the unofficial holiday as it now falls on our calendar, which is the first FULL week in May each year.
You may notice that schools around the nation do alter from this date slightly. In fact my own PTG will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week the first week in May because I goofed and assumed that May 1-5 was it. Whoops! The calendar tricked me this year and now I see that the first FULL week in May is later than I assumed.
I doubt the teachers will mind, do you?
It is the thought that counts, right?
Phew, thanks for helping me feel better about that slip up!
It all revolves around the theme!
You see, I am a Parent Teacher Group (PTG) mom, just like you…so I get it! I remember my first year involved with planning Teacher Appreciation Week and I felt completely clueless about what direction to go.
After thinking it through, I decided that I was going to look at Teacher Appreciation Week just like I do any birthday party or celebration. The easiest place to start for me is to choose a central theme that really speaks to the time of year or person I am celebrating. Everything else from that point I base off of the theme. Food, gifts, decorations, you name it…it all revolves around the theme!
22 Creative themes to help you CELEBRATE Teacher Appreciation Week with style!
I want to help make your life easier by sharing this AWESOME list of Teacher Appreciation Week Themes I have created just for you! To make things EVEN easier, I have included some ways to help you personalize your theme with decor tips, gift suggestions, or other fun ideas!
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1.“Teachers are the Heart of our school!”
Personally I love hearts so I could really get into this one. Hearts do lend themselves to a more feminine feel so keep your staff list in mind to see if this would appeal to most!
2. “Real heroes don’t wear capes, they teach” or “Save the world, be a teacher!”
Obviously this is a Super Hero theme. You could plan a super hero dress-up day & even bring in capes like these (available in many colors to coordinate with your school colors)…
If you have a big budget and a small school, you could purchase one for each teacher/staff and plan a day for them to wear their costumes.
To save some of your $ why not organize a fun super hero photo booth? Provide a few of these, or similar capes, along with other superhero supplies. Plan a photo session for your teachers, print out photos, and give them as a gift at the end of the week.
A perfect match for this photo booth idea are these super inexpensive plastic or magnetic photo frames.
You could also add super hero themed stickers or other craft supplies and plan a photo frame decorating day with students from your school! Don’t forget to add your theme wording to the frames as well!
3. “Thanks for helping us bloom!”
This is a general theme that easily involves nature, flowers, and/or plants. Imagine hand-crafted paper flowers, real flowers/small plants, or a variety of seed packets to give to teachers as a special gift. My PTG used this theme last year and made a lovely selection of handmade floral inspired crafts. It was really pretty, inexpensive, & fun!
You can find reasonably priced flats of flowers and re-pot in a small pot or even a cup, like a Solo cup. Our flowers actually came from a neighboring high school’s annual green house garden sale that their H.S. students run! We felt it was a great way to support our high school students as well as accomplish something special for our teachers and staff!
Have a group of students decorate the pots/cups and plan a planting party to accomplish this task easily. I invited over a number of PTG families to my backyard and we had a planting party! It was great to see the students involved; they enjoyed getting their hands dirty too!
4. “Teachers are the glue that holds us together.”
School supply theme…
This is such an easy theme to incorporate and would work well for schools with any age student!
5. “Teachers make the world a better place.”
International, global, or earth ideas work well with this theme! Check out this adorable recycled tote bag made by Natural Life Products. Isn’t it super cute for a giveaway prize? I absolutely love the products from this company…and I think you will too! Be on the look-out for other ideas from this sweet company throughout my post!
6. “Our teachers are out of this world”
Think stars, planets, & rocket ships!!! This outer-space theme lends itself so easily to handmade projects and crafts that students can easily create with your help!
7. “Thanks for giving us the tools to be successful!”
Tool box, hammer, nail are all great visuals for this theme! Gift cards to hardware/home improvement store would be a fun gift for teachers as well.
8. “Our teachers really measure up”
This is similar to the theme above with a slightly different twist. You can use measuring tape or rulers for visuals. A cheap and easy gift idea is to purchase a ruler for each teacher and personalize with his/her name along with the quote from your theme! Aren’t these rulers pretty?
9. “Teachers Rule the world”
King/Queen theme with crowns. Have a drawing for King/Queen of the day to receive some special prizes. Create some pretty crown cut outs and write each teacher/staff member’s name to hang near their door! Check out these adorable crowns you could put together for your teachers to wear on a special day, aren’t they enchanting!
A “Royal” dress up day would be an exciting way to end the week!
10. Owl theme with these slogans, “Teachers give a hoot” or “Who’s is the best teacher? You!”
There are so many cute owl templates and products available. The sky is the limit for finding unique items. Check out this adorable owl car charm. This would make such a sweet gift for a teacher, especially one who loves owls!
11. “Teachers/you color our world”
This theme lends itself well to a box of crayons OR rainbow theme. To end the week with something truly spectacular, and with some advanced planning, plan a color run! Now, that would surely make a lasting and colorful impression on all!
12. “I’m over the rainbow that you are my teacher”
I know this is another rainbow theme, but you can take this one in a whole different direction. Think big rainbows, bright colors and lots of fun rainbow decorations! Who doesn’t love rainbows, right?
13. “We are your biggest fans.”
Sports theme. Wear your favorite sports jersey. Gift card to a sports bar/grill could be used as a prize drawing. If you have access to an insider as part of a local or regional sports team, see if you can get some special tickets to an upcoming sporting event and use as a special giveaway. This theme would be so much entertaining for an extra sporty staff.
14. “Our teachers are Stars!”
A rock ‘n roll theme..guitars, spotlight, and more! Plan a day to wear your favorite rock concert T-shirt. This could be so charming! Use your own imagination and/or brainstorm with your PTG to see what you can come up with for all of the details!
Hollywood theme. Hollywood stars with teachers names. It would be very clever to create a red carpet and install at your school temporarily for the week too!
15. “Teachers make magic happen!”
Pulling a rabbit out of a hat… or other magic show imagery. Use your own imagination to come up with some fun magic trick ideas to tie into this theme!
16. Apple theme…
But, with a twist of Hungry Caterpillar images and art. Use wording like “Thanks for feeding our hungry minds!” or “Teach, Inspire, grow” or “Teachers plant the seeds that grow forever.”
Everyone has seen the apple theme used over and over, one which I am a huge fan of, by the way! To twist things up slightly, you could tie in the Eric Carle book and creative aspects to make this theme really stand out! I have planned several birthday parties based on this general book theme and it was one of my most favorites to coordinate!
17. “From little seeds grow mighty trees”
Trees and roots would go along so well with this theme’s wording! You could also tie in, “Thank you for helping us grow our roots” Tree of life images and drawings ware a perfect fit for this strong theme!
18. “Teach, love, & peace” or “Peace, Love, Teach”
This is truly a groovy theme and one I think could be SO enjoyable! Imagine peace signs, hearts and more! …a throwback to the 60s peace/love movement.
You might not be able to give every teacher one, but you could use some of your budget to purchase one or two shirts to use as a prize drawing. In order to get the correct size, you could save the ordering until after the winner has been drawn. And if you like this theme and want to have another special prize drawing, isn’t this pendant so sweet?!
19. Patriotic- “Teachers, every star & every stripe is thanks to you!”
A patriotic theme would be especially enjoyable to create and one you don’t see very often for Teacher Appreciation Week! With flags and other red, white, & blue materials so easily found at craft stores and around the community, decor would be readily and inexpensively purchased. Recently at a Hobby Lobby visit, I noticed they have out all of their patriotic decor.
A cheerful 4th of July style themed cook-out or bbq would make a great luncheon to coordinate for the teachers/staff. I’m thinking red and white gingham style table cloths, potato salad, and flag topped cupcakes… Or, what about an ice cream social for teachers and staff? Oh my gosh, I am getting hungry just thinking about it!
20. “Teachers brighten our lives!”
Light bulbs, light bursts, or other shinning images would make for a lovely and inspiring theme. Decorations in colors of yellow and orange are especially happy and coordinate perfectly with this theme!
I can’t tell you how much I adore the car magnets that this company makes!
21. “For all you DO, we want to pamper YOU!”
Relaxation/pampering….Envision massage, spa, manicures, hair care – there are so many exciting options to pair up with this theme!
Your team can arrange for various gift certificates to give away as drawings. Contact local chiropractic clinics, spas, and beauty salons to find out if they would offer you some gift certificates for free (or at a reduced price) to use in prize drawings. These businesses are often more than willing to partner with you and your school!
Another option is to schedule a day to bring in massage therapists for free chair massages for your teachers and staff! I bet you could find a chiropractic clinic with massage or a massage therapist who would be willing to donate his/her time to give back to your teachers! Consider offering these professionals some free advertising and social media shout-out to their business to thank them for their generosity!
Another thought…what do you think about arranging a spa day after school?! You schedule various massage therapists or beauty technicians to join you. Teachers and staff will sign up to receive free pampering services in various intervals. A catered or PTG sponsored meal would tie in wonderfully with this event. Trust me, your teachers would be thrilled beyond belief to have something so special planned just for them.
22. Star Wars: “Teachers, the force is strong with you!”
With the huge popularity of Star Wars currently, this would be so much thrilling to see in action! You could even arrange a Star Wars dress-up day, but maybe make a note to students to keep the light sabers at home. 🙂
WOW! We made it!
We worked all the way to the end of this amazing list of creative ideas to help you plan your next Teacher Appreciation Week theme! While I am guessing you may have seen some of the themes I included here before, I hope I offered you a unique spin. I hope that I have been able to provide you with a long list of brand new ideas too!
The best part is that I have organized so many easy and creative themes for you in one place now you can come back year after year and find a new theme to try! I’ve got the next two decades of Teacher Appreciation Week covered for you, at least! Isn’t that wonderful! Aren’t you already breathing a sigh of relief for next year?!
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