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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

September Staff Morale Resources to Boost Motivation

September is usually a busy month for school employees. While many of us around the country go back to school in August, September is usually just as busy! And. . . if you start school in September it is even busier. Help boost motivation and remind teachers and other school employees that they are valued and appreciated with some fun September staff morale resources! 

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This post is full of September staff moral resources that will help you to boost morale within your building!

Staying on Top of Staff Morale 

Being an administrator comes with many of its own unique duties and responsibilities. One of which usually includes monitoring staff and ensuring the employee climate stays positive. If you are in charge of this task, you know firsthand it can feel a tad overwhelming. But even though it can feel a bit tricky to juggle at times, staying on top of staff morale is SO worth it. When you work hard to focus on boosting motivation and morale in your school, you can look forward to:
  • better relationships 
  • better work ethic
  • more positive staff meetings 
  • a sense of community among staff 
  • happier students and families and so much more! 
There's no end to the value of taking care of your staff and focusing on team building. This is especially true during busy months like September. So whether you start the school year in August or in September, making staff morale a priority this month will go a long way.  Here are 5 ways you can stay on top of staff morale in September! 

1. Back to School Scratch-Offs 

This image shows some fun September staff resources that can keep teachers motivated at the beginning of the year, specifically printable scratch offs! Each of the back to school scratch-offs include prizes that teachers will enjoy!
Have you tried using scratch-offs in your staff meetings yet? If not, you're in for a major treat! The idea behind this staff morale resource is a bit like those lottery tickets you can get at the gas station. You'll pass out cards that are pre-filled with prizes and covered with scratch-off paint or stickers. Then, staff will get to scratch off their ticket to reveal a fun prize. And don't worry, you don't have to spend tons of money on the prizes for them to be fun! 

My Back to School Scratch-Offs feature prizes like class coverage, copies made for the week, an impromptu jeans day, and prime parking. You can pick and choose the prizes that work best for your group and print them off accordingly. I think it's fun to pass out a single ticket to everyone, but you can also use these as a prize for other games and team-building activities you might be using during your meetings. There are also blank tickets that you can fill out yourself for other types of prizes as well. For more fun prize ideas, be sure to read this post next! 

2. September Staff Morale Photo Scavenger Hunt 

This image highlights an example of my "Staff Meeting Photo Hunts" that you can use as engaging September Staff Morale resources!
Speaking of team-building games for your staff meetings, I've got a really fun one for you to try! This Staff Morale Photo Scavenger Hunt is fun and easy to play at your September meeting and will have everyone eager to participate! To play, you'll choose from a list of 45 different prompts for pictures to search for in phone photo libraries. This resource comes with 3 different categories including Teacher Life, My Work Family, and Work-Life Balance. 

After you select the categories and slides to use, you will display them one at a time on a SmartBoard during your staff meeting. You can also print the cards off to be used like task cards instead of displaying them digitally. Staff will have to search their own personal phone photo library to see if they can find a photo to fit the prompt. If they can, they mark it down on their sheet. If they can't they have to move on to the next prompt. When all the slides are gone through, you'll be able to award prizes to winners who were able to "find" the most photos! This is a fun game to play in teams and really helps your staff get to know each other well. 

3. Breakfast Cart 

This photo features a box of donuts, which is a great treat to include in a breakfast cart. Breakfast carts are great staff moral resources that can be used in September and throughout the year.
Is there anything better than having breakfast prepared or picked up for you? I don't think so, which is why I recommend using a Staff Breakfast Cart in your September staff morale activities! When teachers and other staff members are feeling a bit run-ragged from back-to-school festivities, they will be so happy to see a delicious cart filled with goodies waiting for them! If you don't have a cart, this is a great purchase and you will get a ton of use out of it. Check out this one as it will definitely do the trick! 

At my school, I used the resources in this packet to simplify this process. We used it monthly each year, so I liked to laminate the signs for future use. This resource will last you well beyond September! Inside you'll find sign-up sheets for 9 months. The idea is that every month a different staff team hosts the breakfast cart. This is a great way to show staff appreciation for each other, build a sense of community, and work in some time to socialize with colleagues. 

You may also decide to use Sunshine Committee funds or admin funds to organize it for the first month. This is an especially great idea for September when administrators are looking to show appreciation to staff. Then, every following month, another staff team can host. A monthly breakfast cart will absolutely make staff feel valued and appreciated during the busy month of September and beyond!

4. Sunshine Post-it Notes 

This photo shows an example of positive post-it notes you can use to boost staff moral throughout the school year.
Looking for a simple way to spread a little sunshine during September? Try these post-it
note messages, which are designed to make your staff feel valued and appreciated! This resource includes printing instructions and templates so that you can print off these fun little notes for your staff. Each one has a cute phrase and image. There are 18 total messages to choose from, making this a great option to personalize the messages for specific staff members. 

To use, simply print them off, add a personal note if desired, and leave them in mailboxes, on desks, or car windows. I know your staff will LOVE beginning or ending their day with a personalized note just for them! Each of these notes has a "sunshine" theme, making them perfect to use all year long!

5. Hop to It Scavenger Hunt 

Scavenger hunts are always great September staff morale resources! This image showcases a scavenger hunt for teachers. Teachers will search for small frog toys and get prizes for finding them!
Alright friend, I've got one more fun September staff morale resource to share with you today! In this Hop to It Scavenger Hunt, staff members will scour the school for small, plastic frogs that have been marked with numbers 1-100 and hidden. At the end of the day, you will all meet up and take stock of which frogs have been found. Then, you'll draw numbers from a hat, and the staff member with the frog with the corresponding number wins a prize! 

This is a fun activity, especially if you get creative with how you hide the frogs throughout your school. I liked to place some in obvious areas, and others in no-so-obvious areas. You can find plastic frogs frequently at the dollar store, or on Amazon. If you choose to incorporate this activity, you'll also want to consider what prizes to include. These can be low-cost items like packs of pens, candies, gum, or scratch-offs, as well as larger items like gift cards. The best part about this game is that it's easily adjustable to your school, and your staff morale budget! 

September Staff Morale BUNDLE

Looking for a way to take some of the stress off your plate when it comes to planning staff morale activities for September and beyond? If so, I know you'll love my resource bundle options! You can find all of the September Staff Morale Resources mentioned here in the September bundle. You get all 5 activities, so you don't have to worry about planning and can instead just print and go! This bundle will make it super simple to ensure you have some fun staff morale activities ready to go in September. 

And if you'd prefer to be prepared for the whole year, I've got good news! I've bundled together 60 different resources perfect for motivating your staff all year long! Each month includes 5 different resources that align with the month, season, and holidays. This huge bundle will remove all of the stress from planning staff motivational activities and put the fun back into showing your staff how much you care! Check out the Full Year Staff Morale Bundle to get ahead on your planning so you can sit back and enjoy these activities with your staff each month. 

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Don't let staff morale get put on the back burner just because the beginning of the school year is busy. This blog post details 5 easy to use staff morale boosters. These activities are easy to use even during a busy month like September. Perfect for school principals, Sunshine Committee members or the Parent Teacher Organization.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

August Staff Morale Resources to Start the Year Off Right

There's no denying that back to school time is one of the busiest seasons for administrators, teachers, and school staff! This crazy time of year is known for zapping the energy right out of us with endless to-do's, organizing, and prep work. If you're ready to welcome staff back to school in a new way this year, I've got your back! Let's talk about my favorite August staff morale resources to start the year off right! 

Use these August staff morale resources to start the year off right and show your staff how much you appreciate all they do to make your school an amazing place for your students.

Why Staff Morale Counts from the Start! 

Working in a school is often a thankless job. This is especially true at the beginning of the school year. The students haven't arrived yet, but there is much to be done in preparation for the new year. There are floors to wax, cafeterias to stock, classrooms to prep, and new students to enroll. There are many moving pieces in a school and even before the year starts your staff is laying the foundation for another great year! Because of this, I think it is SO important to recognize your entire staff's hard work and acknowledge all they are doing.  

Kick off your year with August staff morale resources to get everyone on a high note and ready to take on an amazing new school year.
By taking some time to plan a few August staff morale activities, you'll be able to show your appreciation, encouragement, and gratitude to your amazing staff members. This, in turn, helps build increased productivity and a sense of community in the workplace. It's a win-win, no matter how you slice it! 

But let's not forget how busy you are! That's why today we are focusing on staff morale activities that you can prep in advance for August or the beginning of the year. These are things you can plan for during the summer and have them ready when everyone returns.

August Staff Morale Resources That Don't Take Hours to Prep 

Now don't worry friends! I'm not suggesting you spend endless summer hours prepping materials and activities. In fact, with some strategic resources, you won't need to spend much time or energy at all! Showing your staff that you notice their hard work and appreciate all they are doing does not have to take a big production or be a costly endeavor. In fact, it's often the small things that staff members appreciate because they come at just the right time.

These August staff morale resources come together easily and will wow your staff during the back to school season! Take a look at these ideas to start planning your own staff morale activities for the new year! 

1. Staff Favorites Booklet 

First off, let's start with a staff favorite... literally! This Staff Favorites Book was always something I looked forward to creating because it was so versatile. The idea behind this is that you will pass out pages with a list of blanks to fill in. The "favorites" on the page include items such as:

Add this staff favorites booklet to your list of August staff morale resources to keep track of things your staff would love to receive for holidays, teacher appreciation week, and more.
  • favorite hot & cold drinks
  • favorite sweet treat 
  • favorite healthy treat 
  • favorite store 
  • favorite pens, and more!
Everyone will get their own page to fill out, and then turn them back in to be bound into a book. I like to make a few copies before binding. Then, the books get placed in strategic areas throughout the school. The staff lounge, office, and near the copier are all good places! I also make sure to share one with the PTO leadership.

Then, when someone would like to surprise a co-worker or get them a gift, they can flip through the book and find the perfect option! I love that this idea encourages a sense of community and doing good for others. Plus, the wide variety of "favorites" makes it easy to find something that fits a small budget! 

Print these pages off on summer break and plan to pass them out at the beginning of the year.  Better yet, set aside 5-10 minutes during an in-service meeting and have everyone fill them out at that time.  

2. Staff Birthdays 

Do you celebrate birthdays at your school? If not, you're missing out on a valuable opportunity to share a little recognition to each individual staff member throughout the year! But don't worry friend, this doesn't need to be an all-out production! In my school, I keep things simple with a fun monthly bulletin board display and birthday book to keep track. 

A staff birthdays book and bulletin board is a great addition to your August staff morale resources because it helps you keep track of birthdays throughout the year letting everyone celebrate their special day.
I used the printable pages in this resource to make a bound book with a list of all the birthdays in our school by month. The easiest way to do this is to print off the pages, bind them into a book, and pass it around at the first staff meeting of the year. Everyone will jot down their birthday under the appropriate month. 

Then, using the bulletin board supplies in the resource, create a fun birthday board for the staff lounge. Monthly posters are also included so you can see the list of names and birthdates for that month. I liked to laminate them ahead of time and put them on a binder ring. Then, just use a dry-erase marker to write down the names and birthdays each month. It's super quick and easy to flip the sign each month and fill it out! This simple gesture makes staff feel valued and encourages co-workers to browse the staff favorites book for a special treat for their colleagues.

3. Stock the Fridge 

Part of back to school time is spending a couple of weeks getting the classrooms and other areas of the school in order and ready to welcome students. Teachers and other staff members work extra hard during this time, often pulling long hours in the summer heat! Show appreciation by stocking the fridge with some cold beverages while they work! 

August staff morale resources like this stock the fridge printable poster let everyone know there are goodies waiting for them in the staff lounge.
This Stock the Fridge resource is one of my favorite staff morale boosters for August because it's super simple and everyone loves it! All you need to do is print off the colorful signs and hang them around the school to notify everyone that cold drinks are available to them in the lounge fridge. Then, stock up the fridge with a variety of fun sodas, juices, and sparkling waters to treat your staff! 

This download includes 8 cute and colorful signs to let staff know that they are more than welcome to grab a cold drink while they get settled for the new school year. This will be a fun tradition that everyone will look forward to and appreciate!

4. Welcome Back Poem 

Looking for a heartfelt way to welcome staff members back to school in August? If so, I know you'll love this Welcome Back Poem! 

A welcome back poem like this is the perfect addition to your August staff morale resources because it's a great way to welcome everyone back to school.
Included in this resource is an original poem written by yours truly! It's printed on a colorful, school-themed paper that makes it super simple to print and use. 

I recommend printing one for each staff member over the summer and folding them or rolling them up. If you want to get really fancy, you can use some pretty ribbon to tie the rolled-up poems. 

Then, on the first day, place one in each mailbox to welcome staff back and start the year off right! Your teachers and staff will be delighted to receive this special gift. 

5. Years of Service Award 

Last on my list of August staff morale resources is one that is perfect for recognizing your staff for their hard work and dedication. Years of Service Awards will be a wonderful surprise to your staff as you begin the busy back-to-school season. 

I liked to print these off and use them at our first staff meeting of the year. It's so much fun to pass out the awards and start the year off with a celebration! 

The certificates I use come in both color and black and white options for years 1-40. I liked to print them off on heavy cardstock and use a fancy pen to fill them in. This personal touch really adds to the gift and makes staff feel valued and appreciated. 

You can choose which years you'd like to recognize or make one for every staff member. Either way, this is a fun staff morale-boosting activity to use in August as you begin another year! 

Grab All of the August Staff Morale Resources In One Place!

Love all of these staff morale resources and ideas? Good news! You can find all of them inside the August Staff Morale Bundle! Simplify your planning for the whole month by grabbing the bundle! You'll get all 5 resources at a reduced price in one, easy download. This way, you can prep all of these activities over the summer and return to school in August ready to welcome staff with open arms! I know you'll be glad you did, especially as the busy season begins. 

Grab this August Staff Morale Resources Bundle to kick off your school year on the right foot and show your staff how important and appreciated they are.

I know this time of year is notorious for being busier than ever, but keep in mind that with a little bit of summer prep, you can recognize staff and start the year off on such a positive note. Choosing to incorporate some August staff morale resources will make all the difference when it comes to beginning the year on the right foot! 

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Thursday, June 20, 2024


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There were two words that I dreaded as a Primary Teacher more than anything. Those words were
INDOOR RECESS!  In the midwest, indoor recess can be due to rainy or snowy weather, or even below normal temperatures and I always preferred for my students to get outside and burn off some energy on the playground. However, there were many days due to inclement weather, when my students returned to our classroom after lunch for indoor recess. I felt the need to have engaging activities my students would love that vary from what they may use at other times in my classroom for centers or small group activities. 


I love a classic board game and building options for this very reason and so many more reasons too. First of all, the students may be familiar with the games from home. Second, if they are familiar  with the game, you do not have to spend much time explaining directions. Third, your families will be familiar with these too and if they are donating these to your classroom, this is a plus.  Fourth...building materials are open ended and allow your students to be creative and develop fine motor skills which is always a plus. And finally, your students learn social skills: sharing, taking turns, rule following, being a good sport, and so much more.  These are not typically learned from staring at a computer screen or tablet. These features all make these TEN great games/activities to put on your Amazon Wishlist, on your classroom Giving Tree that you post at your Fall Open House, or apply for grant money from your PTA/PTO.  Please be aware there are so many ways you can creatively fund these items so they do not come out of your own pocket! 


There are 2 versions of this game and I love them both.  Think Scrabble and Word Work combined, with the tiles all kept in a cute and zippered banana pouch.  
I love that students can work on this game at their own level.You can't go wrong with either version but this is my 

2. UNO

Does this card game really need an explanation? Your students will love the colorful Uno cards.  Matching colors and numbers while strategically trying to get rid of your cards is always a hit with even the youngest of students. You will definitely like this double deck of Uno so more of your students can enjoy this game.


One of the classic path games that your primary students should experience. Drawing a card and moving along the colorful candy path has time on its side. Generations of students have loved this game so Candyland is a MUST HAVE! 


This is right up there with Candyland. Your students will love following the path and sliding up and back. This too is absolutely perfect for the youngest of students. Click here if you would like to check out this game!


This game is a definite keeper. Your students will try to guess their opponent's "person" by asking pointed questions and eliminating the possibilities. This one wasn't around when I was a kid but I know it would've been on my top ten list then too. While there are a few variations of this, I prefer this version so be sure to check it out for yourself. 


This was a childhood favorite of mine and still a classic in my book. I can hear the distinct sound of playing this even as I am writing this post. Students love pulling a stick out of the Kerplunk tower, while trying to avoid the marbles dropping from their resting spots. This is a whole lot of fun and creates a bit of anticipation as to the outcome. 


This is another activity that needs no explanation.  Fine 
motor practice is a bonus and your students will love 
creating with Lego Blocks.  They need no patterns to 
follow but there are tons of versions  that they can 
build based on themes too. I simply loved having a jumbo 
box of Classic Legos like these and they always engaged my 
students. One big container full can keep a large number of 
students involved.


Setting up plastic ice cubes in the frame and using hammers to remove one block at a time has been fun for decades. Eventually, they all fall which is always entertaining. Your students will love this activity and the sights and sounds involved in this game.


Eye-Hand Coordination is key in Jenga. Your students will love removing wood bricks from the tower while trying not to topple it over into a heap. But when they do topple, it's always fun torestack and rematch.  Many versions exist but I love the original version as well. 


And who doesn't love slipping the checkers into a Connect Four frame? Trying to get 4 in a row while blocking your opponent so he doesn't is key.  Your students can balance offense and defense, while keeping their eyes wide open. 
Check out Connect Four as you will want to add this to your indoor recess games!

So friends...are any of these your classroom favorites as well? My last group of students would be absolutely furious with me if I didn't mention one last activity. So consider it a bonus...with no extra charge.  Be sure to check out YETI IN MY SPAGHETTI.  This is like Pick Up Sticks meet Kerplunk.  Students are trying to remove a piece of spaghetti while trying to not spill the adorable Yeti who rests on top of the spaghetti.  OK...now they would give me the thumbs up for sure.

I'd love to hear what your favorite Indoor Recess games are and if you dread Indoor Recess as much as I did. What would you add to the list? Having a variety of great resources on hand definitely make those rainy days a bit more palatable for teachers and equally enjoyable to your students. So start filling your carts so you can check this off of your to do list!

Until Next Time, 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Planning a Year of Staff Morale Activities

Administrators and Sunshine Committee members work hard to help boost staff morale throughout the whole year. But usually, this is not the only responsibility on their plate. As the former head of our own Sunshine Committee, I vividly remember the days of juggling those duties along with my own classroom commitments, not to mention a personal life! One day I realized that I should approach planning staff morale activities the same way that I approach classroom planning... With an annual framework! If you're ready to simplify your staff morale activities, while still ensuring everyone feels appreciated, I know you'll enjoy today's post. 

Plan a whole year of fun staff morale activities for your teachers and staff members to remind them how special they are all year long!

Planning a Year of Staff Morale Activities is a Game Changer

We all lead busy lives with many commitments and priorities. This doesn't mean that we don't want to show up for school staff though! There's nothing worse than having the best intentions for an amazing staff morale booster, and then lacking the time or energy to put it in place. At least for me anyway, this always really bummed me out! 
When you plan for staff morale activities to celebrate your incredible staff all year long it's a win-win for everyone involved.

When I started planning a year of staff morale activities at once, it changed everything for me! Just as I did in my classroom, taking some time to plan out the high-level overview for staff morale gave me so much peace. I could easily glance at the months ahead, budget accordingly, and prepare activities in my spare time. Overall, it really helped me feel as though I had a handle on things! 

Another great benefit to this tactic is that you can look at your whole plan for the year and ensure it feels balanced. If you're working to include ALL staff members and not only teachers, this is an important component to consider. The yearlong planning approach was a game changer for me, and I'm betting it will be for you too! 

How to Get Started Planning a Year of Staff Morale Activities 

So where do we even begin?! So glad you asked friend. I promise this won't be complicated. In fact, I have pulled together a year's worth of staff morale activities and ideas that you can easily implement in your school. Take a peek at my annual plan to draw inspiration as you map out your own!

September Back to School Yard Sale 

This time of year is crazy busy and everyone is going a million miles a minute. If I did my planning early enough, I liked to get these activities prepped in the summertime so that I was not trying to juggle too much during this hectic month. 

Get your teachers off on the right foot with a September back to school yard sale to kick off your staff morale activities.
My favorite thing to use in September is the Back to School Teacher Yard Sale. This is perfect to plan when teachers are setting up their classrooms. The idea behind this resource is that teachers will put out things they no longer need, or don't plan to use for other teachers to snag. It's a great way to clean out the classrooms, the storage closet, or the bookroom, and give old materials a new life! 

Inside my resource, you'll find signs, sign-up sheets, and more. These items will help to make facilitating this process simple and easy. Just print the pages you need and you're on your way to hosting your very own teacher yard sale!

Another great idea to plan on for September is a good old-fashioned fridge stock-up! Simply stock up the fridge with a variety of beverages and let teachers know they can grab a cold drink while they unpack and set up their classrooms. This simple gesture is always greatly appreciated as staff work hard to get set up for the new year! If you want done-for-you resources to help with this, check out this resource. 

October Staff Pumpkin Decorating

Make your October staff morale activities super fun with a staff pumpkin decorating contest!
By October, we were always ready for a little fun in our staff meetings. Back to School season has mellowed out and Halloween is just around the corner. So why not host a Pumpkin Decorating Contest with your staff? This is such a fun idea and as an added bonus, the pumpkins double as a fun decoration as well! 

For this idea, staff will each decorate a pumpkin and label it with a number. The pumpkin will be submitted for judging, where everyone votes on their favorite. Then prizes are awarded to winners! Inside the resource, you'll find everything you need to make this activity happen! There are instructions for use, signs, lists of suggested supplies, pumpkin tags to label them for judging, voting ballots, and even suggested prizes! 

This is the perfect way to celebrate fall and facilitate some team-building among your staff! 

November Staff Gratitude Jar 

November is one of my favorite months both at home and at school! The themes of thankfulness and gratitude speak to my heart and I was always looking for ways to incorporate them into our staff morale activities. A gratitude jar is a perfect way to do so!

November is gratitude month and you can use staff morale activities like this November staff gratitude jar to get everyone involved.
With this resource, you can choose to use a real jar or create a gratitude notebook. The idea for the real jar is that staff will jot down notes of appreciation to other staff members and leave them in the jar. This can be done throughout the month or for a set number of days.

As the jar fills up, the notes can be displayed on a bulletin board. Or, they can also be read aloud during a staff meeting or dropped into specific staff mailboxes. It's a great way to celebrate staff members throughout the month of November

For the notebook option, staff will write their notes on pages of a bound book. This book can be passed around for staff to read through and contribute to, or set in a central location for teachers to browse. Either way, this is a great way to recognize staff members and keep the focus on things we're thankful for! 

Festive Cocoa Bar for December 

Warm your staff's hearts with this sweet staff morale activity, a festive cocoa bar.
December is another month that always feels a little bit crazy in a school. Teachers are working hard to close out their lessons before the break, there are holiday productions, and everyone is preparing for holidays with their families. Because of this, I like to keep it simple and fun for December with a Hot Cocoa Bar. 

This is one of my favorite ideas for staff appreciation in the winter because it's just so cozy! Inside my resource, I include a recipe for slow-cooker hot cocoa, shopping lists, announcement posters, and more. It will make planning this event super simple and easy. Another great thing about this idea is that staff can come and go to grab their cocoa as they have time. This is really handy for the holidays when everyone has a crazy schedule. 

If you love the idea of staff snack bars, be sure to check out this post as well. It's filled with all of my best ideas for facilitating staff snack bars of all kinds! 

January Snowflake Hunt 

Liven up January with a staff morale activity that will get everyone up and moving like this January snowflake hunt.
If you're looking for a fun and simple activity that you can have staff use throughout the month of January, you'll love this idea! In this Snowflake Hunt activity, all staff members are given a snowflake at the beginning of the day. It's a good idea to use something small like a snowflake table scatter, so they can be discreetly tucked in a pocket. 

As the day goes on, staff members will ask each other if they have a snowflake. If they do, they must give it to the person who asked. That person cannot immediately ask for that particular snowflake back once it is given away. The goal is to end the day with the most snowflakes!

In my experience, this activity infuses a little fun into what's usually a bit of a dreary month. Staff love "stealing" snowflakes from each other as the day goes on. 

February Love Letter File 

Spread the love with staff morale activities like this February love letter file every staff member will treasure as a keepsake for years to come.
I love February because it's such a bright spot in the dead of winter! Valentine's Day activities aren't just for the kids! Here is a fun idea you can use to motivate and inspire your staff during the month of February. 

Consider having a staff "Make it-Take it" session and create a Love Letter File during a staff meeting, to collect student notes, cards, and letters. When I was still in the classroom, I loved getting student notes. But if you don't have a place for them, they can pile up or get lost really quickly! Teachers are notorious for not wanting to throw things away and with a Love Letter File, they won't have to! 

They can easily tuck all of the cards and letters inside the file and place it in their desk drawer. Then, on those especially tough days, they can pull out the file for a bit of encouragement and inspiration. This is such a great way to keep track of treasured keepsakes! 

March Rock Paper Scissors Challenge 

This rock paper scissors challenge is a great way to get in on the St.Patrick's day fun as you continue your year of staff morale activities.
Who doesn't love a good game of rock, paper, scissors?! Use this March Rock Paper Scissors Challenge to boost staff morale! To use this  best selling resource, you'll purchase some fun, St. Patrick's Day necklaces like these. You'll need one for each staff member. 

To play, if staff come across another staff member in the hall, they challenge them to a game of rock, paper, scissors. The winner gets to keep the other person's necklace. At the end of the day, the person with the most necklaces wins! 

I love this activity because the staff really get into it! It doesn't take much time to prep, costs very little to facilitate and it's just plain fun! If you love this idea as much as I do, be sure to check out this Bundle of Rock, Paper, Scissors Challenges for a whole year of fun! 

April Easter Egg Prizes 

An April Easter egg prize is a great staff morale activity that's fun and easy to pull off.
Looking for a fun game to inspire your staff in the spring? This Easter Egg Prizes Resource is the perfect way to kick off your April staff meeting! Simply grab an old easter basket and some plastic, colorful eggs. Print off the pre-printed prompts and tuck one inside each egg. Pass the basket around and allow each staff member to choose an egg. The prizes include things like:
  • wear jeans on the day of your choice 
  • early dismissal with class coverage 
  • scratch off ticket 
  • prime parking spot
  • pizza lunch and more! 
This activity is great because you can pick and choose which activities will work best for your staff and your staff appreciation budget. Many of the prize ideas inside the download are free or low-cost, so you can make this game work perfectly for your school! 

May/June Jar of Sunshine 

End your year of staff morale activities with a jar of sunshine full of positive notes for your staff to appreciate all summer long.
This next idea on my list is perfect for the end of the year! Try making a Jar of Sunshine for each staff member in your school to show them how much they are appreciated. You can even get parents or the PTO involved to help make them.

This resource includes small slips of paper that other staff members will fill out with a positive note for each of their team members. It can be a positive interaction they had, a fun memory, or really anything to make that staff member smile. 

After everyone has filled out a slip, collect them and place them in the jars for each person. There are also jar toppers and ideas to decorate them included. Then, on the last day, pass them out for each staff member to keep and read through. There are also options specifically for staff who are retiring. No matter how you use these, I know your staff will love them!

For more end-of-the-year staff appreciation ideas, be sure to read this post for simple ideas you'll love!

Simplify Your Year of Planning 

So what do you think friend? Aren't these staff morale activities fun?! I know that once you get started planning your staff appreciation games and activities for the year, you'll be hooked! This removed such a heavy mental burden for me and made it actually FUN again to participate! 

Simplify your year of planning with this incredible full year bundle of staff morale activities.

If you'd like to use these Staff Morale activities with your students, I made it super simple and easy! Inside this bundle, you'll find a whole year of staff morale activities! I've done the planning for you, so all you need to do is print and go! 

Keep the Celebrations Going!

Looking for even more fun and easy ways to celebrate and show appreciation to staff? Be sure to grab my FREE Staff Morale Catalog to help you easily plan your year of events! Inside this catalog, you'll be able to flip through and get inspiration for every holiday, season, and event you can think of! It's the perfect companion to your annual planning process! 

My advice would be to grab a calendar as you flip through the catalog and plot out when you plan to use these activities. Then, count back 3 weeks from each date and put a reminder on your calendar to prep the items you need. This will allow you to essentially conduct your staff morale activities on autopilot! I promise you'll love how simple and easy this process becomes. Have fun planning! 

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Looking for ways to up your staff morale all year long? Use these staff moral activities which feature sweet and fun staff activities and prizes you can use throughout the entire school year. It's a great way to show your staff how much you appreciate all of their hard work each and every month of the school year. #tarynsuniquelearning #planningayearofstaffmoraleactivities #staffmoraleactivities #staffmorale

Monday, June 3, 2024

Use Staff BINGO to Easily Boost Morale!

Looking for a no-fuss, fun way to boost staff morale in your school building? Would you like to actually include ALL staff members, not just the teachers? If you said YES, I have the perfect solution for you! Come along to see how my favorite Staff BINGO Game will transform your school into a bright and bustling community of staff members who are excited to come to work! 

Use this amazing staff BINGO activity to boost morale in your school this year.

What is Staff BINGO?

Staff BINGO is the number one most popular staff morale resource in my TPT Shop. But long before that, it was everyone's favorite activity at my school. Back when I was head of the Sunshine Committee in my building, this tool proved to be powerful in fostering a sense of community. 

Staff BINGO is an amazingly fun way to get your staff involved in fun activities that not only cover self care, but every day tasks as well.
It's essentially a life-size BINGO board that takes up a whole wall. I recommend placing it in an area with heavy staff traffic, such as the hallway leading into the breakroom or the office corridor. You'll set up your board with pages that contain different prompts for staff to try and complete. As they do, they sign their name to that square. This continues with the goal being to hit 5 in a row either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. 

I left this game open for a selected time period, and then after the allotted time to play BINGO has passed, we count up the winners and award prizes! Everyone loved this game and it's really easy to work into the schedule since staff can complete the tasks as they have time. Many of these tasks are on their regular to do list, so it doesn't always mean more work for staff as well. 

Why Staff BINGO is a Clear Winner 

So what makes this staff morale game so special? So glad you asked! Let's take a look at all of the key benefits of this game. 


Personally, I loved it because of the versatility. There are over 100 different BINGO task options to choose from, yes you heard that right! With over 100 choices, there is a little something for everyone. You only need 25 choices to complete the board, so the great thing about this resource is that you can choose only the tasks that align BEST with your staff members or school philosophy. Don't like a particular prompt? No worries, just choose another! 

Includes ALL Staff Members

I also love that this BINGO game includes more than just the teachers. As a leader of the Sunshine Committee, I struggled to find activities and games that were targeted at the other staff members in the school. It's usually pretty simple to find ideas for teachers, but I wanted to include ALL the staff!

Use this staff BINGO activity to include everyone in your staff in the fun.

This Staff BINGO game means that everyone can participate and everyone has a chance to win a prize! 

There are lots of prompts that can apply to any employee in the school.  Prompts like "I drank only water today" or "I received a compliment" can be completed by anyone on campus.

There are also some prompts that are more specific to teachers and non-teaching staff. These prompts are organized accordingly in the resource so you can find the perfect prompts for your campus. 

If you have a particularly large school, you might even choose to make multiple BINGO boards for each category of staff member. The options are endless! 

Increases Productivity 

Another fun benefit of this resource is that it actually helps to increase productivity. The prompts on the BINGO board are carefully selected to positively impact work and morale. There are even some self-care prompts included to help ensure your staff members are filling up their own buckets as well! 

Some of the prompts include:

This staff BINGO activity isn't just fun, it also increases productivity for your staff.
  • I hosted an observer in my classroom today. 
  • I successfully made copies today. 
  • I put up a new bulletin board today. 
  • I learned how to use a new piece of technology today. 
  • I increased my water intake yesterday. 
  • I tried a new recipe last night. 
  • I took a walk yesterday evening. 
  • I tucked a pair of slippers under my desk in case of sore feet.

These prompts help ensure that all of your staff members are improving, trying new things, and remembering to take of themselves! 

You could even change out your BINGO board to have a different theme at different times of the year. For example, we all know that the beginning of the school year is a crazy busy time and self-care often gets put on the back burner. That might be the perfect time for a BINGO board that is filled with self-care activities. Spring fever hit the campus? A BINGO board that targets productivity tasks might be just what you need.

Fun Way to Boost Morale

Oh, and I can't forget the biggest reason why this game is a clear winner... it's simple and FUN! I love that staff can come and go to participate in this activity and they love how simple it is to complete. No complicated rules or tasks, just great, morale-boosting fun! 

What's Included in Staff BINGO

Let's look at some specifics of what's included and how to set it up. Inside this resource, you'll get BINGO letter cards, teaching staff-specific task cards, non-teaching staff-specific task cards, and directions for use. Remember, there are over 100 different task sign-up cards included, so there is plenty to choose from! 

How to Set Up & Use Staff BINGO

To get started, you'll print out the BINGO letter cards on cardstock. I recommend using Astrobrights for all of your printing to really make this pop on your wall. Then, choose 25 of the prompts to include in your board. You can choose prompts only for teaching staff, non-teaching staff, or a mix of both. And don't forget, this is totally customizable! If a particular prompt doesn't work for your school or aligns with your philosophy, no need to include it! 

Use a bulletin board in a high traffic hallway, staff lounge, or front office to set up and display your staff BINGO cards.
Once you have your cards, you will attach the B-I-N-G-O letter cards to the top of the wall. Then, align your task sign-up cards underneath in a 5x5 pattern. This will create one big, colorful BINGO board!

Once you're done, it's time to start playing! You'll want to explain to staff that they have a set amount of time that you choose to complete (we did 2 weeks) as many of the tasks on the BINGO board as they can. As they complete a task, they sign their name on that card. Once a card is full, no more names can be added. This will continue, with the goal of getting 5 in a row until the allotted time is over. 

Once it's over, you'll count up the BINGOs and award prizes! We added the staff member's name to a hat for each BINGO they completed and then drew for prizes.  This means the faster you complete the tasks, the more opportunities you have to win! You could also give out a prize for each BINGO that was completed. Just like the cards, how you award prizes is very versatile so that you can make it fit your campus.

Add-On Options 

This has become such a popular staff morale game, that I actually created an add-on option for anyone who is looking for even more customization options! In this Add-On Resource, you can choose 13 additional cards with custom prompts of your choosing. 

Grab this add-on pack for even more staff BINGO fun everyone will love.

This is great if you want to choose things that align specifically with your school philosophy or goals! Once purchased, you'll send me an email with the tasks you would like to have and I will create your custom cards and send them to you. Then you can create your very own, custom Staff BINGO board with even more choices! This addition is also a fun way to mix things up if you play it year after year or if you want to create a board that has a specific theme.

Staff BINGO Makes Boosting Morale Simple 

All in all friends, this is my favorite way to easily boost staff morale. Everyone LOVES to participate, it's super simple to set up, and it boosts productivity - I mean really, what could be better?? Add this amazing Staff BINGO Set to your staff morale toolbox! And don't forget about the custom Add-On Resource if you need additional cards. Have fun playing this game with your staff!

Grab this staff BINGO activity to use in your school this year to increase staff productivity and fun in your school this year.

Looking for More Simple Ways to Boost Staff Morale? 

Check out these posts for even more ideas to make your staff smile! 

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Looking for a fun and interactive way to celebrate your staff this year? Use this staff BINGO resource to increase fun and productivity in your school this year. Get everyone on your staff involved with fun cards and activities everyone can participate in. #tarynsuniquelearning #staffbingo #staffcelebrationideas #schoolbingo