Your holiday dilemma is solved!

Here are inexpensive, simple, and easy gifts your children can make. You'll save money as you nurture the true spirit of giving in children. Best of all, these projects will be treasured because they are one of a kind! They are made by the gifted hand of a child!

Teachers can use these ideas to let children make gifts for their parents. Or parents can use these ideas to help their children create gifts for relatives or friends. (It's important to be sensitive to different beliefs children may have this time of year. Gifts do not have to be for Christmas or Hanukkah ~ you can give someone a gift anytime just because you care about them!)

Hint! Make sure that children DO these projects themselves! They need to reflect the children's individuality and efforts. Adapt the projects to the ability of the children, or add your own unique accents.

Let children use fingerprints or handprints to make "one of a kind" holiday cards. They can also use computer designs or make a colorful collage by gluing bits of wrapping paper to a blank card.

WRAPPING PAPER – Children can make wrapping paper by printing with sponges cut in holiday shapes on tissue paper. They can also do cookie cutter prints on paper grocery sacks or newspaper. Or, take them outside and let them use pine boughs dipped in green paint on white bulletin board paper to make large sheets of wrapping paper.


Materials: juice or vegetable can, glue, pasta, spray paint Directions: Remove the label from the can. Let children glue pasta (bow ties, spirals, macaroni, etc) around the can. Spray paint gold or
Adaptations: Children can also cover a can with construction paper. Next, let them create a collage on the can with pictures and words cut from magazines.


Materials: wood scraps (4" x 10"), nails, markers, picture hangers Directions: Let children decorate the wood with markers. Next, let them hammer 4 nails spaced evenly apart. Attach a hanger to the back.
Adaptations: Children could also paint wood scraps.!