Funny Survival Kits for Teachers


There are more than 3.7 million teachers in elementary and secondary schools around the nation that have taken on the task of educating future generations, according to 2012 statistics by the National Center for Education Statistics. Whether you are supporting a teacher just embarking on their first year or thanking a teacher that has been supporting your child all year, these funny survival kits for teachers are sure to be appreciated. Pick a theme, stock up on supplies, and never hesitate to infuse your own personality into these fun teacher gift ideas.

Thanks for Coloring My World

At the end of the year, students often give their teachers gifts of appreciation for all they did throughout the year. This gift is appropriate for teachers of younger grades because it is all about the colors. Start with a crisp white basket and fill it with items for each standard color:

  • Red - apple

  • Orange - bottle of sunscreen

  • Yellow - highlighters

  • Green - hand sanitizer or mints

  • Blue - clipboard

  • Purple - acrylic tumbler or mug 

  • Pink - sticky notes


  • These colors are a jumping off point. Feel free to make it more personal for the specific teacher by changing out the items. Just make sure to include one item of each color.

First Time Teacher

Recent graduates may think that the hard part is over, but little do they know that it has just begun. If you know a young teacher that is just embarking on their career, try creating the ultimate teacher supply kit. Start with a signature tote bag and fill it with any of these must-have items:

  • Acrylic cup
  • Clipboard

  • Red pens 

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Sticky notes
  • Glue
  • Pen holder
  • Pencils

The Ultimate Teacher's Aid

This survival kit features a first aid theme. Start with an empty first aid box and fill it with all the necessities that will get the teacher through the bumps, scrapes and boo boos they will inevitably face throughout the year. Most first aid boxes feature different cubbies inside. Fill each cubby with one of the items below:

  • Mini hand sanitizer

  • Small pack of tissues

  • Headache reliever
  • Chocolate
  • White-out
  • Vitamin C packets
  • Gum
  • Sanitizing wipes

Supply Us With Knowledge

Unfortunately, once the supply closet starts to run low, teacher are often purchasing basic school supplies for students on their own. Make sure that they always have what they need by packing a tub with much-needed supplies. Choose a clear plastic bin with a lid because it will be easy for them to store. Decorate the lid with alphabet stickers to remind them what is inside.

  • Crayons

  • Markers

  • Pencils

  • Pens

  • Colored pencils

  • Glue sticks
  • Erasers
  • Wet wipes
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase markers

Assemble the Survival Kit

Once you have gathered all of the supplies, fill the vessel you have chosen. Try arranging the largest items in the back of the container and gradually work your way down in size as you approach the front of the container. Make it personal by printing a sign that has both the teacher's name and the name of the survival kit you have created. Create your label in any standard word program and mount it to bright construction paper or card stock using a glue stick. Your teacher will be sure to appreciate any of these funny survival kits.

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