Cute idea for a first day teachers gift is to give chocolate! This is a great idea for all grades. My kids love giving their teachers gifts. #BacktoSchool #firstdayofschool #Kindergarten #preschool #Chocolate #SurvivalIdeas #SchoolThoughts #CricutMade

First Day Teacher Gift

Last week my son started preschool for the first time. It was an emotional experience for me and I was so worried. So I put it off until the day before school to make this project. I don’t usually procrastinate, but I was just not ready for this day.

I’ve seen that there is a lot of debate about first day teacher gifts, is it a good or bad idea? After being a teacher for years, a first day gift would have made me feel so appreciated. Plus the first day is exhausting (whether good or bad) so I went with something yummy. It’s always a gamble because not everyone eats candy, but it turns out my sons teachers love chocolate.

As I was thinking about my blog (as I was cleaning the bathroom) I had the thought that this could be made for Valentines Day, teacher appreciation, Halloween, Christmas. So many possibilities.

Let’s Create a First Day Teacher Gift

I was looking for a candy wrapper in Cricut Design Space, but I wasn’t finding anything when I came across a “Notebook Pocket.” I took a gamble and cut a practice one on extra paper and it was just right for this project. I have been scrapbooking for a long time so I went into my paper bins and found this “I Love School” Paper. The sis perfect for the insert and then I matched the green cardstock for the actual pocket. The card stock is heavier and sturdier for the pocket. First I glued in the insert of the school paper. Next I glued the notebook pocket on the folds with a liquid glue. My favorite glue is Zig Memory Systems, 2 Way Glue Squeeze and Roll. Once again because I was last minute, I ran out of my favorite glue as I was doing the project. Just my luck!


I know you can see that one of the circles didn’t cut right at the top of the I Love School page, which is one of the reasons why I have a love/hate relationship with my Cricut. I did see it and made the decision to use it anyways because with the candy bar, it wasn’t really noticeable. Usually I’m a perfectionist, but I was out of time. The theme of this project should of been out of time!

Then I made a tag that said “Looking forward to a sweet year with you” on white card stock with a polka dot matting, just to add a little pop.

I decided the front of the notebook pocket needed something else (I forgot to take a picture of this, it’s a learning experience) so I added the crayons because preschool is all about creativity. To my fellow crafters, thats my crafting spot at the table because no matter how much I scrub it, somehow glue is always there.

I hope you enjoyed this project!

Hi I'm Jenny from Cookies, Coffee, and Crafts. I love to create decorations for my home, projects to create magical holidays, and to have fun with my kids. The quote "I run on coffee, chaos, and crafts" describes my world and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope you find inspiration and enjoy my creative journey.