Tape-Smothered Packages

in Everyday Learning

189303Making 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 packaging.

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, Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale by Martin Waddell, Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah by Roger Priddy, and Happy Sparkling Hanukkah by Elizabeth Spurr

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