In the past I've been much more elaborate with a craft for the kiddos to make their parents as a keepsake. This year I had a very hard time feeling inspired or finding the time for the students to put their gifts together. After combing the web for ideas, I settled on a simple paper craft for the students to make. I am actually pleased by the results, but am hoping I'll find more time next year to actually wrap our gifts and be able to give them out to families at our program.
Our ornaments: (Inspired by toddlerapproved.blogspot.com)
#1: We had fun finger painting with red and green paint. The dried paintings were multi-tasking art projects; from the large paper I cut out 2 stars (one for our school's bulletin board, and one to take home) and a small 3"x3" square for our ornament.
#2: I cut out 4"x4" squares of red poster board for the backing. The slightly larger square also created a border for the painted square. I wrote each student's name and date on the back of the square with a metallic marker.
#3: The students glued the 2 squares together and added two pieces of ribbon, criss-crossed to looked like a wrapped present.
#4: When the "presents" were dry I added a student picture to the middle.
#5: I hole punched the top and put a piece of pipe cleaner through the hole. I fashioned half of the pipe cleaner into a bow for the top of the present and the other half into a loop for hanging.
#6: We gave them away to smiling families!