apple for the teacher

school’s out for summer! this was N’s last week of preschool until it begins again in september. to celebrate, the parents hosted a little potluck party after the last class to honor the two preschool teachers who have been so amazing to our little ones all year long. and, of course, there were gifts…

we collaborated on a scrapbook for the school, where each child was responsible for creating a page for the book, complete with art and a photo of the child. here’s N’s watercolored page (recognize the rubber cement watercolor resist?) it’s complete with her picture, a self-portrait drawing, and her drawings of both of her teachers. oh, and it’s signed by the artist!

name and face covered for privacy

a few weeks ago, we gave each teacher their own handprint tote bag for teacher appreciation week, but we still wanted to make them a little something to commemmorate the end of the year. so, apples for the teachers. naturally. i grabbed two wooden balls (flat on one end) from my wood stash, and i used the woodburning tool to put each teacher’s name on an apple, the school’s name, the year, and N’s name on the bottom.

(school name blurred for privacy)

then N went to town painting the apples with watercolors.

we waited for the paint to dry, and then we polished each apple with our homemade wood creme.

then we cut out stems and leaves from green felt and i hot-glued them to the apples.

voila, an apple for each teach! happy summer everyone!


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  • These turned out beautifully, what a sweet project for the teachers. 🙂

  • natalie

    lovely! do you have an idea for writing names if one is lacking a wood burning tool?

  • jen

    hmm, besides carving and burning, it’s kind of hard. the issue is that most pens and paint do bleed on some grains of wood. you can decoupage letters onto it if you plan to varnish it. otherwise, i’d spring for the woodburning tool. i got mine at michael’s for about $10. not too bad, as i use it quite a bit.