Teacher Blocks…Teacher Appreciation or End of Year Gift

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A couple of years ago I created these Teacher Blocks to give as gifts to my girls’ kindergarten teachers, and they were a HUGE hit! They’re so perfect for any classroom, and this one set spells out 15+ different words and phrases!  It was fun to know we were leaving behind something that the classroom would see on a regular basis, and int he lower grades, something even the kids could use and learn with.

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I designed the blocks to spell all the words below, but I’m sure you can find even more options!  I was also able to spell our elementary school name, and school mascot. These are SO easy to make, and any teacher would love to have them in their classroom.

I ♥


 Teacher Blocks | simplykierste.com

Aren’t they SO fun??  They’re also quite easy to make, and would be perfect to make with a friend or in a group.


  • 4×4 post, cut into 10 perfect squares
  • spray paint
  • vinyl letters
  • sander/sandpaper


1.  I have some exciting news! Our local Lowe’s has just recently started carrying untreated 4×4 posts, so if you’ve looked before, it might be time to check again.  However, this same Lowe’s couldn’t cut them, so it’s worth calling and asking about before you go.  Remember, 4×4 posts aren’t exactly 4 inches wide, so you’ll need to measure it first before cutting–to make sure you’ll have perfect squares. You’ll need 10 squares.

2. Paint!  I sprayed mine cream first, let it dry, then added the red coat.  Red just speaks “school”, don’t you think?  Once the red was dry, I sanded the edges and a little on the faces, so the cream would show through. (Rustoleum Heirloom White and Colonial Red)

3.  After they were all sanded, I added my vinyl letters. The font I used is Pharmacy.  I chose it first because I love it, but also because all the letters (even the extending letters, like y, g, j, etc.) are the same size, and fit into the same space.  This means that you don’t have to make those extending letters smaller so that they will fit on your block.

  This is how you’ll need to arrange them:

 Block 1:  i, l, w, m

Block 2:  ♥, n, e, m

Block 3:. s, a, t, d

Block 4:  c, n, b, y

Block 5:  h, e, l, k

Block 6:  o, e, a, i

Block 7:  o, s, a, ♥

Block 8:  l, r, u,e

Block 9:  l, p, u,e

Block 10:  g, p, c, t

I also made this fun printable tag to go with them! (Right click on image, and select save as.)




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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

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