It is better to give than receive. We’ve all heard that and, of course, it’s true—I know my heart fills with delight in seeing others truly happy in something I’ve done for or given them. Letting children experience this will help them to develop a sense of gratitude. Giving can be done in many ways:
—————————————————helping around the house
—————————————————–choosing a special gift; or
——————————– ————spending time with someone.
Giving of your time is especially important…and children notice this…because TIME is something that cannot be regained. Your priorities shine through where you spend your time. So let kiddos give of their time and effort for others and, in doing so, they’ll be more grateful for what they have! And did you know, studies have shown, people that are grateful also are happier and satisfied with LIFE?
————————————So GIVE & LIVE happily!
Speaking as MorMor (AKA grandma) there’s no better gift to receive than a picture of one of my grandbubs! If your kidlet is too young to make a homemade picture frame, you can pick up relatively inexpensive ones at a local craft store. If your kiddo DOES want to make their own frame they could try one of these options:
Picture of your child
Pre-cut matting—available at craft stores like Michaels & Ben Franklin
Buttons—various sizes & colors
Small container for glue + tooth pick or Q-tip to use as applicator
Glitter or glitter glue
●Place a small amount of tacky glue in a container
●Cut cardboard to the same outer dimensions as matting
●Let your kiddo use a tooth pick/Q-tip to apply glue onto matting for buttons
●Have your kidlet continue decorating as they’d like with buttons, adding glitter if available/desired
●Set aside to dry
●Once dry, turn frame over—align photo and tape in place
●Place small amount of glue around the edge of the back of matting
●Set cardboard onto back of matting, pressing ends together—set aside to dry.
●While the glue is drying, if you have extra buttons you might want to try Buttons–There’s More to Do with Them Than Buttoning!
Follow these basic steps for a Popsicle Frame…be sure to add either colored sticks or markers to color the sticks as well as any other accessories to add a bit of flair to them!
Say you’ve already begun wrapping holiday presents (that would not be me yet!) Give your kiddo the opportunity to have fun while developing
*math-readiness/awareness: length, area, volume concepts
….how you wonder???
With a sensory tub of wrapping materials of course!
GIFT WRAPPING Sensory Tub
Shallow plastic container
Shredded paper confetti/gift bag filler
Various sized, small (empty) boxes
Holiday accents*–for example, artificial holly sprigs, Santas, jingle-bells
***Be mindful of any and all items provided if your kiddo is still putting things in their mouths…be aware of possible choking hazards***
●Fill plastic container with shredded paper, bows and ribbons
●Add bags, boxes, wrapping & tissue paper, and gift tags
●Provide markers, scissors and tape
●Let your child explore the sensory tub—creating decorated packages and bags!
●If your kidlet hasn’t used a tape dispenser before, demonstrate how to pull a small amount out and tear it off; similarly demonstrate using scissors if necessary
●Let your kiddo wrap, unwrap and rewrap as much as they’d like…here re-gifting is encouraged!
●To tie wrapping and giving together, consider adding a few small items. For example, toiletries:
◦small tubes of lotion
◦packet of tissues
Or some treats like:
-packs of gum
-tins of mints or
-small boxes of raisins
for your child to actually wrap up to GIVE!
●If your kidlet DID make a frame from above—definitely wrap it up and send it to or put it under the tree for a grandparent, aunt or uncle!
Remember, it’s not the GIFT, but the THOUGHT that counts–asking why they chose a particular item as a gift for someone could just melt your heart…
Yours in Play!