A School Supply Cake For Teacher Appreciation Week!

A School Supply Cake From Critters And Crayons

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th through May 10th this year!

I’m happy that we’ll be on time for it.

Last year, for some odd reason, I thought it was the week following the actual celebration period.

Thankfully, the teachers were gracious and happy nontheless.  🙂

This year, I asked for some ideas on The Critters And Crayons Facebook Page and received some really great responses from moms and teachers!

Someecard Teacher Appreciation Meme

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Many of the comments on the Critters And Crayons Facebook Page from teachers who liked receiving supplies they could use throughout the year reminded me of the School Supply Cake made by The Outlaw Mom a couple of years ago.

Since, I saw that someecard about teachers not wanting crayon wreaths, I figured we’d try the School Supply Cake, instead.  🙂

Here’s how we did it together with the kids!

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To make this School Supply Cake, we used the following:

  • 1 Paper Plate Holder (4 for $1 at the Dollar Store)
  • 1 Paper Plate
  • 1 Container of Disinfecting Wipes
  • 24 Mechanical Pencils
  • 26 Pens
  • 12 Highlighter Markers
  • 2 Large Rubber Bands
  • 1 Large Roll of Colored Duck Tape
  • 1 Smaller Roll of Colored Duck Tape
  • 1 Small Stackable Container of Thumbtacks, Clamps and Paper Clips
  • Ribbon
  • Small Chocolates

(*Note:  There were a few leftover pens and markers which went into our office supply/craft drawer….)

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The kids enjoyed separating out the supplies!

They sorted them by supply type (pencils, pens, markers) and then by color.

This made keeping a color pattern much quicker to do and it also gave opportunities for the kids to practice pattern-making themselves.

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Just place one of the large rubber bands around the Disinfecting Wipes Container.

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Insert the school supplies into the rubber band until you have them arranged in the way you want them!

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The kids both enjoyed this part of the activity!

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To make the Supply Cake larger, simply put another rubber band on top of a completed layer!

We only did two outward layers, but you could continue to build to make a thicker “cake”.

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To build up, we simply added the two rolls of Duck Tape!

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Our daughter wanted to add a surprise to her teacher’s gift!

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Teacher Appreciation School Supply Cake 2

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And add the cake topper of stacked paper clips, thumbtacks and clamps!

The Supply Cake for Teacher Appreciation Week is finished!

School Supply Cake Teacher Appreciation Week

Some people bring something small each day of Teacher Appreciation Week, but we are opting to give just one gift this year to our daughter’s primary teacher.

For the other teachers and staff who help our children, we plan to send in some share-able treats to go around on one of the days!

I’m glad there is a week set aside to recognize schools, teachers, staff and administrators for what they do for our children.

It is such important work.

We should be thankful every day for what they do, but it’s nice that for one week of the year, we all get to make crayon wreaths, beaded bracelets, school supply cakes and handmade cards with phonetically incorrect messages from our new readers to thank them, isn’t it?

And there’s always Happy Hour.

And Chocolate.

Or Both At The Same Time.



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8 Responses to A School Supply Cake For Teacher Appreciation Week!

  1. Ah! I was finally able to get to this by going to your arts and crafts page. I was clicking on home and not getting there. Is that weird? Also, this craft is neat. I’ll never make it – but it’s neat.

    • Bridget- I saw you make that craft with your girlfriends….that thing…what was it? It was very advanced….and you did it under duress, but you totally did it. haha! I’m sure that with all of the doodads and plug-ins I’ve got going- plus all the wordpress and go-daddy patches to try to make our blogs impenetrable by those hackers that are supposed to be exploiting weaknesses in our security- that my blog is completely slow and in need of something to get things to open up like they should on command. 🙂

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  3. This is one that actually seems easy and rewarding enough to manage. And chocolate is a great alternative to Happy Hour anytime. Well…maybe not ‘anytime.’

    • Nami- This cake is totally easy! You can do it for any theme, really! For instance, you and your hubby could take an electric guitar and wrap custom brewed bottles of beer around the center securing with a neat ribbon….and top it all off with a box of chocolates. See? I want to read about that one on your blog. 🙂

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