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Construction Themed Appreciation Week Ideas

A well-planned Teacher Appreciation Week is an excellent opportunity for Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) to show gratitude towards teachers and school staff for their hard work and dedication.

Why not do something a bit different and choose offbeat theme?

A construction theme, “Building Success,” can add a fun and engaging twist to the week’s activities. Here’s a step by step guide to help your PTO organize a memorable appreciation week.


First, decorate the space your PTO will host the majority of events for the staff.

Check with your Principal to see if you can leave the decorations up for the entire week so they can be enjoyed all week long.

There are lots of ways to decorate for a construction theme without putting a bunch of dump trucks and diggers in the space.

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Start by decorating the Teacher’s Lounge or the other space where your PTO will host the week of appreciation events from the ceiling down. These black swirly decorations are fun and a simple decoration.

Black Orange Party Hanging Paper Fans Party Ceiling Hangings Halloween Baby Shower Birthday Wedding Party Decorations, 12pc

These patterned fans, are a great example. The black, orange and white color combo reads construction-themed big time, but not in a little kid way at all. And bonus that it could be re-used as Halloween decorations!

ZERODECO Party Decoration, 21 Pcs Orange Hanging Paper Fans Pom Poms Flowers, Garlands String Polka Dot and Triangle Bunting Flags for Minnie Mouse Birthday Parties Baby Showers Wedding

I’m a sucker for pouf ball decorations, so this set of orange pennant banners, dotted garlands, fans and poufs caught my eye. The mix of patterns and textures is really fun.

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A tassel garland is another fun texture to layer on to your decor plan.

LOLStar 2 Pack Construction Foil Fringe Curtains, Construction Birthday Party Supplies, 3.3x6.6 ft Yellow Orange and Black Tinsel Photo Booth Prop, Streamer Backdrop for Construction Party Decoration

As is this yellow, orange and black tinsel backdrop.

The key to decorating a space for Teacher Appreciation Week isn’t just to throw ups bunch of decorations in a room and call it a day, but rather to put different textures, shapes and patterns together.

Adding in variations on the theme makes for a richer, more appealing look overall.

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A balloon garland is such a fun way to decorate with a theme in mind.

And the cute combination of colors, balloon shapes and sizes, mixed with the banner and the caution tape in this construction themed decoration kit is no exception!

TopSoon Caution Tape Yellow and Black Striped Barricade Tape 2.8-Inch by 660-Feet Non-Adhesive Barrier Tape Caution Ribbon Construction Caution Tape

This roll of striped construction tape will add some themed decoration to anywhere you put it!

Daily Appreciation Ideas

Celebrate your school’s staff and teachers all throughout the week with a different daily appreciation activity each day of the school week.


Kick off the week by energizing teachers with a Coffee and Tea Bar.

Set up a station in the teachers’ lounge with various teas, coffee, and hot chocolate options.

This will help teachers “lay the foundation” for a week full of appreciation and acknowledgment of their hard work.

Keurig K-Elite Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Brushed Slate, 12 oz. Brew Size

If your Teacher’s Lounge doesn’t already have a Keurig coffee machine, today’s the great time to debut one!

Perfect Samplers Tea Pods, Cider, Hot Chocolate, Cappuccino & Coffee Pods Variety Pack, Single Serve Coffee & K Pod Variety Pack for Keurig K Cups Brewers, Coffee Gift Set, 50 Count

Offer a nice selection of coffee and teas for the day.

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If you add the Keurig, make the use of it a bit greener by supplying some reusable pods for use.

Speed-Boil Electric Kettle For Coffee & Tea - 1.7L Water Boiler 1500W, Borosilicate Glass, Easy Clean Wide Opening, Auto Shut-Off, Cool Touch Handle, LED Light. 360° Rotation, Boil Dry Protection

Another great addition to the staff lounge is an electric kettle. It’s great for quickly making a lot of tea or hot chocolate.

Ginkgo [100 Pack 12 oz Disposable Thickened Paper Coffee Cups with Lids and Sleeves, To Go Hot Coffee Cups for Home, Office, Wedding and Cafes

Order some to go cups to make it easy for the teachers and school staff to take their chosen beverage with them to enjoy their day.

BLUE RIBBON Twinings Tea Bags Sampler Assortment Variety Pack Gift Box - 48 Count - Perfect Variety - English Breakfast, Green, Black, Herbal, Chai Tea and more

An assortment of individually packaged tea bags is a nice thing to have for the hot beverage bar.

Ghirardelli Premium Hot Cocoa Envelopes, Rich chocolate, 22.7 Ounce (Pack of 15)

As are gourmet hot chocolate packets for those who want to kick off their day with a sweet treat.

Include syrups, spices, and special creamers to customize their drinks. Here are some great options:

Jordan's Skinny Syrups Sugar Free Coffee Syrup, Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Hazelnut, Mocha, Butter Toffee, and Caramel Syrups, Zero Calorie Flavoring, 25.4 Fl Oz (Pack of 6), Sampler Variety Pack

Jordan’s Skinny Syrups are a great sugar-free option for coffee flavorings sure to please everyone.

Sunny Sky Upouria Coffee Topping Variety Pack - Chocolate, Cookies N Cream, French Vanilla and Cinnamon with Brown Sugar - 5.5 Ounce Shakeable Topping Jars - (Pack of 4)

And some coffee flavoring toppers to finish off their beverage of choice with a flair.

This post has even more ideas for setting up a coffee bar.


Personalized, handwritten thank-you notes can have a significant impact, so let Tuesday be the day you treat each teacher, administrator and staff member to a note of their very own.

Encourage students and parents to write notes expressing their gratitude.

These can include specific instances where the teacher helped the student or general words of thanks.

Collect these letters and distribute them to the teachers to make their day special.

FANCY LAND Construction Thank You Cards 24 Pack Kids Thank You Notes Greeting Cards With Envelopes Birthday Teacher Gift

This collection of construction themed thank you notes is super cute.


Midweek, host a “Build Your Own Sandwich Bar” where teachers can construct their perfect sandwich.

Provide a variety of bread, meats, cheeses, vegetables, and condiments.

This not only gives teachers a fun break during their lunch hour but also keeps with the construction theme of building something tailored to their tastes.

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Protect tabletops in the space with construction themed tablecloths.

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For a final decorative touch on the tables, sprinkle a few generous handfuls of construction themed confetti across the table.

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Ditch the juvenile looking construction themed paperwork and opt for plain black plates instead.

AH AMERICAN HOMESTEAD Orange Napkins - Disposable Paper Napkins - Linen-Like Dinner Napkins/Wedding Table Napkins - Party Essentials - Restaurant Quality Colored 15.75" x 15.75" (50 Count, Orange)

Construction cone orange colored napkins are a nice touch for the luncheon.

Striped Paper Straws - Party Supply - Orange and White - 7.75 Inches - 50 Pack - Outside the Box Papers Brand

These orange striped paper straws are a nice addition to the beverage station.


On Thursday, surprise teachers with small gifts.

The gifts should symbolize tools that help teachers “construct” their students’ success.

This thoughtful gesture can help teachers feel valued and appreciated for their essential tools—patience, knowledge, and dedication.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Copkim 50 Pieces Tape Measure Retractable and Easy Read Measuring Tape Bulk with Fractions Marked Easy Read Basics Self Locking Measurement Tape for Engineer Contractors (Orange,12 Ft)

This set of measuring tapes can even be customized with a sticker cover the label.

EverBrite 30-Pack Mini Flashlight Set, Aluminum LED Handheld Torches with Lanyard, Assorted Colors, Batteries Included for Party Favors, Night Reading, Camping, Power Outage, Gift to Christmas

A mini flashlight is a handy gift that is super useful that will be much appreciated.

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This multitool pen is functional and on theme.

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Slip all of the gifts into one of these construction themed gift bags.


End the week on a sweet note with a Build-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar.

Offer a selection of ice creams, toppings, and sauces, allowing teachers to indulge in creating their own desserts.

HANSGO Ice Cream Scoop, 2PCS 7 inches Nonstick Anti-Freeze Ice Cream Scooper One Piece Aluminum Design Dishwasher Safe

Get a nice selection of different ice cream flavors and have a few ice cream scoopers on hand to prevent flavors being mixed.

Smuckers Sundae Syrup Chocolate, Caramel, Butterscotch, and Strawberry (Variety Pack of 4)

The best thing about ice cream is all of the topping variations that are possible.

This four pack from Smuckers with strawberry, caramel, butterscotch and chocolate is a nice variety pack.

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For any dry toppings, serving them in clear acrylic bowls with scoops and tongs makes for a nice presentation.

M&M'S Minis Milk Chocolate Candy, Family Size, 16.9 oz Resealable Bulk Candy Bag

Mini M&Ms are a tasty ice cream topping.

Oreo Small Cookie Crumbs

Same with a Oreo cookie crumb topping.

Jet-Puffed Vanilla Marshmallow Bits (3 oz Marshmallows Shaker)

Mini marshmallows are another fun ice cream topping.

The Bulk-Priced Food Shoppe Peanut Brittle Crunch Coat Ice Cream Topping (1 lb. Resealable Zip Lock Stand Up Bag), Kosher

If peanut allergies are not a concern for your school, then a peanut brittle crunch coat ice cream topping is a fantastic option to offer.

Dean Jacobs Ice Cream Crunch - Lg-4.5 oz

Go beyond the expected ice cream sprinkles of the expected jimmies and go for sprinkles that have a crunch with this variety ice cream topping jar.

Worlds Paper Ice Cream Cups Polka Dot Paper Yogurt Cups 4oz Orange 50 pack

How fun are these orange and white polka dot ice cream cups? On theme, but not juvenile at all.

Creative Converting Touch of Color 200 Count 2-Ply Paper Beverage Napkins, School Bus Yellow , one size - 251021

Don’t forget about having a a bunch of napkins on hand to clean up sticky hands. These bright yellow napkins are a subtle way to reinforce the construction theme.

Over to you

Organizing a construction-themed Teacher Appreciation Week requires thoughtful planning and involvement from many members of your PTO.

By following this guide, your PTO can ensure that the week is enjoyable and that the teachers feel genuinely appreciated.

Each day builds upon the next, creating a fun and memorable experience that acknowledges the hard work and dedication of your school’s teachers and staff.

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