As a mom, I am not a fan of disposable toys. Plastic doo-dads that light up and break easily are my least favorite kid things ever. Especially since my son is happy to play with a cardboard tube or a zucchini for hours. So when we have an occasion to give a gift to another child we try to make it one of three things:
- Practical & Useful (clothes or hooded towels are our go-to's)
- Educational (usually books or learning games and toys)
- Imaginative (like this DIY Pretend Doctor Kit)
When one of our little friends turned five, we went to the store with the idea of finding her some cute clothes but saw teacher supplies on sale and thought they would make a great imaginative gift. This little girl is future CEO material - she loves to play games like Mom, Teacher or Real Estate Agent (that's what her mom does) where she gets to be in charge. According to her mom, the teacher supplies are a huge hit and one of her favorites. Yay!
What's In It?
I personally bought all of these supplies at Target. It is currently September and back-to-school season is in full swing. I'm not sure they carry these supplies year round. Here are some similar items I found through my affiliate partner, Amazon, for your convenience when creating your own kit.
- Expanding File Folder (with closure)
- Self-Inking Teacher Stamps
- Teacher Themed Sticky Notes
- Jumbo Pen
- Motivational Stickers
- Teacher Planbook
We wrapped each thing individually in tissue paper when gifting it to make it more fun to open but everything fits inside the folder which keeps it from being messy and driving mom bonkers!
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