Teacher Survival Kit

My mom has always been an extremely thoughtful person, especially when it came to my brother and mine’s teachers in school. Every year we would have a craft project the weekend before school started, and then we’d have another one the weekend before school ended.

Since the start of school is quickly approaching, I thought this would be a perfect time to share one of our most frequent projects, the  “Teacher Survival Kit.” This kit can be easily modified to fit any type of occupation, like we’ve also made them for the nursing staff at an assistant living place where my mom worked. The PDF attached at the bottom says “Teacher Survival Kit” though, so you might have to make your own card.

These kits always brightened the day of every teacher I have ever given them to, especially on the first day or week of school. I have continued to make them for some of my college professors as well, and they all love them. I definitely can’t wait to make little projects like these with our kids someday!

What You Need:

*NOTE: The amount of stuff needed will depend on how many kits you are making. For this example, I was making 40-50 kits, so I had A LOT of everything.

  • Band-Aids
  • Mints
  • Snickers
  • Rubber bands
  • Cotton balls
  • Eraser (the little ones that fit on the tops of pencils are just fine)
  • Pencils
  • Gum (sticks are just fine)
  • Toothpicks
  • Starbursts
  • Stars
  • Ziploc baggies (sandwich size)
  • Cards listing the contents and their meaning (see the PDF at the bottom for this)

Let’s Get Crafty:

First off, I always lay out everything I am going to use in separate piles.


Next, start stuffing your Ziploc baggies with 1 of everything.



Cut out the cards that list out the contents and their meaning and place one in each bag. And that’s it.

Again, I can’t tell you how delighted every teacher (or person) has been when they receive one of these. They think they are so adorable and thoughtful. They make them laugh and just brighten their day without a doubt.


For the PDF copy of the Teacher Survival Kit content and meaning cards, click here: Teacher Survival Kit


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