The children have been busy making gifts for their friends and teachers, this being the last week at school. I gave them three options and they are below. I also asked mums on my facebok page about their ideas. There were heaps of brilliant contributions so I’ve included them too.
1. Christmas Reindeer Plastic Cup Craft
This craft is suitable for children in playgroups right up to primary school aged children. I’ve detailed the making instructions below.
Tip for teachers:
* Tade the lollies for good quality, individually wrapped chocolates.
* Fill with notes of appreciation from the child (eg. thank you for doing art with me).
* Fill with potpourri.
* Include a handkerchief.
1. Trace and cut around hands to create the reindeer antlers. Glue one clear plastic cup on the other as shown (1).
2. Stuff the head sections with your choice of gift (egg cup, washer), paper or cellophane. Just keep the head section light so it doesn’t topple over.
3. Fill the body cup section with lollies.
4. Using the cup as a template, cut a cardboard circle and seal the end of both cups with tape. Address the gift on the base of the cup.
5. Decorate with eyes, pom pom for nose and ribbon around the neck.
2. Christmas Tree Cup
You can find the tutorial in the Bug in a Book newsletter.
3. Christmas Candy Cane Reindeer Craft
Click here for the tutorial.
Gift Opportunities: Buy safe water for an impoverished family or mosquito nets for a child at risk of malaria. Browse the variety of hope gifts available at Baptist World Aid.
Flower in a teacup: Buy a pretty tea cup and push a flower in. Include some glitter for a very pretty display.
A card: “The best you can give a teacher is a card, hand written, thanking and acknowledging the endless hours of work that has gone in to teaching the child.” — Nicky (Teacher)
Christmas Ornament: “Each year I decorate my house for Christmas, I remember the child and the family that gave me some of my special gifts.” — Tara (Teacher)
Group gift: Organise for parents to contribute a larger gift for the teacher. Ideas: a weekend away or a gift voucher.
“Last year we bought my son’s teacher a flight centre voucher to the value of close to $500. She cried because she was so shocked. She had not been away since her honeymoon.” — Lynda
Bookmark: Homemade with love and care.
Voucher: Book resource voucher may be helpful.
Home Baking: Cookies shaped as stars, Christmas trees, candy canes or ginger bread men. Look what FunMums Katrina and Lynda made.
To see pictures of the entire range of Christmas Crafts on this blog, click here: Christmas Craft.