Inside: Learn how kids can make gift wrap using paper bags – super easy and fun!
During December we make several ornaments for our preschool families. We love handmade Christmas wrap for kids, so another activity in December is making gift bags. After all, if you are going to give someone something you made, isn’t it even more special when it’s delivered in handmade wrap? We think so!
This Christmas wrap is super easy and can be adapted for toddlers as well. Simply find some of those colored paper lunch sacks (red or green is so festive) and choose how to decorate them.
Our preschoolers stamped the word JOY down their bags, while our toddlers used kitchen utensils to stamp white paint and glitter on theirs. As the parents were picking up the bags during dismissal, they loved that the bags were obviously made by their children.
Ready to invite your children to make their own Christmas wrap?
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How Kids Can Make Gift Wrap Using Paper Bags
What you will need:
Alphabet stamps (we use this set)
Since we were spelling “joy”, I filled 3 small trays with just a bit of white paint. I placed one letter in each tray. I did this activity in small groups of 4 children. We started with the J, passing it to the next child after stamping on the paper. When everyone had stamped the J, we moved on to the O, and then the Y.
After letting them dry thoroughly, I punched a hole in the top of the bag. We placed our ornaments in the bag and tied raffia through the holes to close the bag. I also made simple name labels.
Christmas wrap made by toddlers:
Instead of adding letters, our 2 year olds stamped white paint on the bags using kitchen gadgets. We then sprinkled some silver glitter on the wet paint. (Add glue to the paint so it won’t flake off as easily.)
And that’s it! Simple, festive and fun!
Over the years, here are some of the ornaments we put in our Christmas gift bags (click on photo for link):
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