Children love being a part of the festive Christmas season and by letting them make gifts for others, it teaches them so much. They learn how to create, organize, and the value of hard work to achieve their goals. More importantly, it gives them a moral compass of giving through love and compassion for others. There are easy homemade gifts that youngsters can make to give to family, friends and neighbors. By taking a few moments out of your busy holiday schedule, you can demonstrate the true spirit of love not only for others, but for your child as well. What is more, these easy craft gift ideas are inexpensive and a lot of fun to make. So, create a new family tradition of homemade gift making with your children.
Simplified gifts for children to make at Christmas can be almost anything.
For instance, give your child a chance to make a handy latch hook rug for somebody they love. Most major discount stores carry them, and you can start your child off with a small sized one to give as a gift. Designs include everything from a cat to flowers. There are no little pieces of dangerous items to keep up with such as needles or sharp scissors. The tiny yard threads can be separated into small storage containers and dispensed as needed. The latch hook itself has no sharp parts to be concerned with. However, you may want to warn your child not to run with the curved tool. The canvas is clearly marked with the placement of colored yarn, and the back can be taped, and later quick stitched by you so it will hold securely.
Another fun homemade gift that your child can make are fleece scarves. Material can be found at different fabric and craft stores. The material comes in a variety of designs, both solid and different holiday print themes. With a little help from you, children can cut and measure the width and length desired. Edges can be left plain or cut into short strips on the end to add a little flare. Youngsters can even wrap it their selves by rolling it tightly and securing it with a ribbon.
Another type of homemade gift children can make for the Christmas season is by painting a lightweight balsa wood type box, which can then be decorated for storing small personal items such as stamps or trinkets. Small colored beads or faux jewels can be glued on the lid, and a picture of them can be placed on the inside of the box top. A cardboard bottom can be added for extra support along with a felt lining to jazz it up. Dating the top of the box will make it a keepsake for sure.
Children like to give other box type gifts such as the clear plastic formed boxes. Many companies on the Internet carry them, and for a few extra dollars, you can buy one with a slit in the top that would make a great piggy bank gift for their friends. Again, this box can be painted with permanent paint, and glue can be applied to stick a multi colored ribbon on it. Your little one might like to add a penny into the box to keep their friends guessing.
Other types of gifts for children to make can be easy ribbon bookmarks or even ribbon jewelry. In addition, your child can decorate plain pillow covers for the bed by dipping their hands in paint and printing their name on the pillow. Grand parents really love these types of gifts from their grandchild because it is not only useful, but it is very close to their hearts every night they go to bed.
You can help your child create all of these easy projects quickly, and it will mean so much to them and to others, especially for those that live far away. Just remember to let your child do as much as they can because they want to be able to say they made it themselves. Although it is tempting to correct the small mistakes they may make, it is just as easy to turn a blind eye knowing they made it with all of the love in their hearts which, at the end of the day, is the true spirit of Christmas.