Teacher Gifts: Relaxation Kits

December 12, 2011

Being a classroom teacher was the most demanding job that I have ever had. Not only are teachers required to be renaissance people who are well versed in multiple subject areas, but they must meet the needs of children with varying levels of development and multiple learning styles in classrooms with ever expanding class sizes. Along with preparing at least 3-5 engaging and interesting lessons a day, they must be prepared to interrupt any given lesson or work period to blow noses, tie shoes, clean-up spills, track down forgotten notes regarding pick-up, address sore stomachs or respond to parent emails. Not to mention, ease anxieties, boost self-esteem, manage behavior, teach manners, resolve conflicts, challenge the children that need enrichment, spend extra time with the ones that need remediation and engage children who speak and learn in different languages… the list goes on and on. Oh, yes and teachers must do all of the above with the kindest voice and warmest of tones, never letting on that they may be feeling stressed or overworked.

With the everyday demands that teachers experience in mind, we created relaxation kits as holiday gifts. Hopefully they will offer a moment of solitude and a bit of rejuvenation to the people who spend so much valuable time with our children.




Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. tricia said on December 4, 2012 #

    Hi! Great idea. What is the small purple package? I see “bu bites”

  2. Charlotte Haines said on December 20, 2012 #

    That is a Fabulous idea…So doing these for the
    next gift..Just finished with mine for this season…Wish I had seen this earlier…Merry Christmas…

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