It’s the season and I know a lot of kids who can’t wait to get stuck into some serious gift wrapping. Well, if all their requests were so simple … All you need to do is set up a little Christmas gift wrapping station and you’re set to go.
Scroll along to see how we put together ours and discover the genius idea that will keep your kids coming back for more!
What’s on the Christmas Gift Wrapping Station Tray?
Every Christmas gift wrapping station can and will look different, which is pretty exciting for the kids and makes it really easy for us parents and teachers. All you need to do is go to your local dollar shop and grab a few things at a low cost or use what you have at home.
Here are a couple of essentials you will need: wrapping paper, tape, gift tags, ribbon and of course something to wrap.
If you want to fancy things up a little bit, you can use washi tape (we found some sparkly one!) add some glitter or get creative with ribbons, stickers, stamps and so on. The possibilities are endless and so is the fun.
Since we don’t have an endless supply of gifts laying around (who does?), I gave my kids a basket and asked them to look for little toys. Their own toys that is. How excited they were to scavenge for little treasures and how entertaining to see what they picked out. There was a necklace for mommy, a milk bottle for the baby, a mobile phone for daddy (!) and a few ducks for grandma. Sometimes you wish you could frame moments like these!
Wrap, Unwrap, Repeat
The kids absolutely LOVED wrapping their own toys! Not only did they wrap and wrap and wrap some more, they put all the gifts under the Christmas tree and felt pretty happy with themselves. The next morning I found them handing out gifts to each other and themselves (preschoolers!) and one or two to us. It was cosy, warm, we were in our jammies … it almost felt like a little pre-Christmas party.
Then the next afternoon, they did it all again. Wrap, put ribbons on, write tags and put it under the Christmas tree. Two little children having the time of their lives. I wish I had tried this sooner and no doubt I will do this again next time there is a gift wrapping occasion. Once you’ve found what works, there’s no need to keep reinventing the wheel!
I sure hope your kids will have just as much fun as my kids and that you’ll get a lot of mileage from this little Christmas gift wrapping station. It sure is nice to stumble upon a winner of an activity that children truly love and engage with. It can be hard to predict what they’ll love and what they’ll largely ignore at times!
We still have a little while to go but I wish you a very merry Christmas and hope you will enjoy spending time with your family.
Lots of love,
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