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How to Make a Survival Kit for a Teacher

Teacher's Survival Kit Gift

Sherri Osborn
This is a creative gift that is fast and easy to throw together and sure to be a hit with any teacher. You can use as many or few of the survival kit contents as you want.

Materials Needed:

TStart out by painting the outside of the paper mache box however you want. Set aside to dry.

Gather together the survival kit contents below (usually just one of each item per kit). Write or use your computer and printer to make a small piece of paper, small enough to fit on the cover of the box, listing the ingredients from below and what each ingredient signifies.

If you use the same contents as I did and want to use my teacher's survival kit tag picture here, you can save either the JPG version or PDF version of this template. Right click on your desired version here and then save it to your computer:

For best results, follow directions in this article for saving and printing this page.

Trim the page to fit and attach it to the lid of the box using small dabs of glue spaced evenly around the edges of the paper. Glue pieces of ribbon around the paper to frame it. Put these survival kit contents into the box and give to a special teacher. (If you prefer to give your survival kit gift in a sandwich bag, you can print out my bag tags below).

Choose one or all of these survival kit ingredients, or you can think of your own:

  • Aspirin: When all else fails, take 2 and take a time out.
  • Band-Aid: For when things get a little rough.
  • Crayon: To color every day bright and cheerful.
  • Ear Plugs: For when the noise get's too overwhelming.
  • Life-Saver Candy: Because you are a life saver to many children.
  • Marbles: To replace those you might loose from time to time.
  • Mounds Candy Bar: For the mounds of knowledge you share.
  • Paper Clip: For when you need help in holding things together.
  • Peanuts: To remind you to be a little nutty sometimes.
  • Puzzle Piece: Because you are a big piece of every child's life.
  • Rubber Band: To remind you to be flexible.
  • Starburst Candy: To give you a burst of energy when you need it.

This survival kit gift will certainly be a hit with every teacher you present one with!

If you want to use one of my printable bag tags, download and print out either the JPG version or PDF version, preferably in cardstock. They are created to print out 7-inches x 7-inches, which is the size of the sandwich bags I had in my kitchen.

Using the template is easy. Simply gather together the items that belong in the survival kit and place them in a zip top sandwich bag. Download, print, and cut out the desired survival kit template. The template is intended to fold over the top of the bag, with about 2-inches showing on the front of the bag and 5 inches on the back. It is then stapled in place. If you want to see what a finished bag looks like, check out this hockey player's survival kit.

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