Five Writing and Drawing Holiday Gifts Your Child Can Make

December 4, 2012 at 22:39 | Posted in Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
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Kid Arts & Crafts, DIY GiftsHomemade gifts from kids are the best and most loved, don’t you think?

Get your kids started making homemade gifts for the holidays with these five favorite DIY writing and drawing ideas.

 1. I Love You Book

Wouldn’t you love an I Love You book? Help your kids make a book by folding several sheets of paper in half. Staple or hole punch and thread with yarn. Help your child get started with these sentence starters:

“When I love you . . .”

“When you love me . . .”

“I love you because . . .”

Add drawings to finish it off.

2. Dot-to-Dots

DIY holiday gifts your child can make

I can’t take credit for this idea. My daughter loves to create her own dot-to-dots and give them as gifts.

Start by outlining a simple shape or image with dots. Number the dots in order. Write directions at the bottom. Help your child add a short note explaining why you are giving them the image.

3. Word Search

DIY holiday gifts your kids can make

Even young kids can make word searches! (As you can see from the example, my four-year-old daughter did this all on her own – with some crazy spelling and unusual solutions.)

Draw your own grid or use a printable grid. Together think of words to find. Help your child fill those words first then write other letters to fill up all the squares.

4. Poem

DIY writing and drawing holiday gifts

Who doesn’t love a poem for a gift? Plus, kids love writing poems. They’re just words – no sentences or punctuation required.

Free form poetry: Write 2-3 words per line about the person. Use descriptive images.

List poem: Write 1 thing per line – a noun. Go back and add 1 adjective to describe the noun.

Acrostic poem: Write the person’s name down the page vertically. Each letter becomes the first letter of a word in the poem.

5. Story

story, 5 holiday gifts your kids can make

I just love this cover of the story, “Beautifying.” Invented spelling is developmentally appropriate for young kids of course, but even better, it makes the cutest gifts for lifelong memories.

You can help your kids invent a story out loud. Then, ask them to (or help them) write it down. We usually use the My Drawing Pad. Just tear out carefully and staple together.

Write down your gift list. Look it over to see who would love one of these homemade gifts from your child. Happy creating!

Today’s guest blogger is Melissa Taylor, a mom to two girls, teacher with an M.A. in Education,  freelance education blogger / writer, passionate advocate for literacy and high-quality education, and recent author Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader.

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