Making holiday gifts together, whether homemade cookies or a picture to hang in the window, is a meaningful way to involve your child in giving. Let your child choose the paper and have fun wrapping together.
There’s a lot of love in a child’s off-center and scotch-tape-smothered packages. There is also a lot of learning when a child measures, cuts, tapes, and decorates. Have a “wrapping tub” just for your child with extra paper, ribbon, bows, and old gift cards to cut up. The process is always more important than the product.
Playful Early Learning:
- Arrange a play place at home where a child can safely explore and create whatever catches her fancy.
- Make a “wrapping tub”. Use a plastic tub and fill with all sorts of wrapping paper pieces, ribbon, tissue, bows, old gift cards and labels.
- Wrap gifts together and don’t fret about how they look.
- Save holiday gift magazines and stickers. Put them in a tub with child safety scissors and construction paper. Make holiday gift tags and cards together for family.
- Read aloud storybooks on giving: Dream Snow by Eric Carle, Merry Christmas Maisy by Lucy Cousins, The Donkey’s Christmas Song by Nancy Tafuri, Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah by Roger Priddy & Happy Sparkling Hanukkah by Elizabeth Spurr