THE GIFTED HAND OF A CHILD
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.
GREETING CARDS - 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
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
Adaptations: Children could also paint wood scraps.!