I’ve been a bit surprised by the popularity of my Valentines Snack Gift Basket post. It has been pinned more than any other post in my five years of blogging. I recently had a request for something similar for teachers, so I dusted off my iambic pentameter and this is what I came up with.
Like the romantic snack gift basket, most everything, including the basket came from the Dollar store. I wrote a poem using the gifts like in a candy gram with numbers on each item to correspond to the numbers on the poem.
I bought these sparkly stickers from the Dollar Store and wrote numbers on with a paint pen to identify the items in the poem.
Here are the items I purchase for this gift:
1) An apple
2) 100 Grand bar(s)
3) Solar Dancing flower (this was at the Dollar Tree, but if you can’t find this novelty, you could use a potted plant, seeds, or cut flowers)
4) Riesen candy
6) Almond Joy
7) Small box of tissues
9) Bubble gum pencils (regular pencils work too)
10) Extra gum
11) Nerds candy
12) Million Dollar Mints (coins, currency)
13) Lays Stax chips
14) Bugles chips
15) Fortune Cookies
16) (Optional) Reece’s Pieces
So here are the words of the poem. If you don’t want to give this many things, you could always eliminate a stanza or two.An APPLE for the teacher That’s what everybody says But an apple isn’t GRAND enough To show you all of the ways… That you have helped me GROW this year Yes! You’re the RIESEN why I’m BURSTING with JOY and gratitude I think I just might CRY! It’s always such a HIGHLIGHT Just to listen to your words You’re SHARP, and EXTRA kind And who knew, teachers aren’t all NERDS? You deserve a MILLION DOLLARS Or at least a hefty raise For the STAX and stacks of homework And assignments that you grade. So blow the BUGLES! Sound the horn So everyone can hear That I’m so very FORTUNATE That you’re my teacher this year!
My son wanted to include the Reece’s Pieces so we added the tag, “I love you to pieces!” (He really does love his teacher this year! I didn’t include it on the printable in case your child doesn’t feel quite the same).
I printed out the poem and to jazz it up for Valentine’s Day, I cut around it in the shape of a heart and took some pink cupcake liners and cut out the center to form the frilly strip you see here.
I used hot glue to attach the liners to the back side of the poem.
My basket was a bit small for the number of goodies I wanted to include, so I put a layer of foam in the bottom of the basket (covered with a little scrapbook paper).
I hot-glued wooden skewers on to the backs of several of the smaller items, so I could stick them into the foam and position them above the basket, rather than inside.
So what do you think? Is that enough kissing up for Valentine’s Day?
Click on this image to download your own copy of this poem for your personal use.