Nothing says Christmas time like sweet handmade gifts from children. As a teacher, you probably want to help your students create gifts for their families in the classroom, but it can be difficult to find gifts that are useful and truly created by the kids.
Guided artwork activities can be a perfect way to make heartwarming gifts that are adorable keepsakes. Creating gifts with your students teaches them the value of giving instead of getting.
Here are some examples of creative gift ideas for parents that your elementary students can make:
- Handmade ornaments for the tree
- Painted flower pots or bowls
- Handprint crafts
- Pictures of your students with handmade frames
- Handmade jewelry
Ideas abound for creative gifts kids can make, but some items can become clutter for families. The key is to find a gift that is useful and adorable!
One of my favorite gifts ideas for parents is the Fingerprint Art Calendar.
In creating the gift, students will learn math skills such as months, days of the week, and counting. They use their own fingerprints to create art for each calendar page, which families will love because it reminds parents of how small their children are.
For each month, a sample art activity is provided- or you can come up with your own. When you purchase the calendar activity, lifetime updates are included. So your family gift from your students is planned and ready forever!
Perhaps most importantly, this activity makes a useful gift that will keep a smile on their parents’ face all year long. It would be beautiful on the family fridge, or in a parent’s office. Families will be excited to receive this gift, and students will be excited to give a gift that they made with their own little fingers.
What are your favoriteChristmas gift ideas for parents? Let me know in the comments!
For more holiday activities, check out my post here!
Winter is an exciting time for kids of all ages! For teachers of young children, it’s an especially fun time in the classroom. While the students may be a little distracted by all the holiday events, winter provides a perfect opportunity to join learning and celebrations. Children can learn about holidays through listening to stories, reading, music, art, and even food.
Celebrations from around the world provide an opportunity to discuss geography and culture in a way that gets students excited.
They may see similarities between their own lives and those of children in other countries. They may even enjoy bringing elements of the winter holidays they learn about into their own celebrations!
Holiday celebrations in the classroom are another way to teach students about other cultures. For a class party, foods from other countries could be served. Students could participate in art activities using themes they’ve learned about in their world studies. (
Instead of just focusing on the American traditions they are familiar with, kids can experience the ways that other cultures celebrate with their friends and family. While increasing a connection between kids around the world, these activities will keep students learning during the holiday season!
If you need some inspiration to talk about holidays in your classroom, The Winter Holidays Around the World Journal is a perfect springboard into learning about celebrations.
On each page, students will read a short passage about a winter holiday celebration, trace key words, and draw a picture to demonstrate comprehension. There is a flag to color for each country’s page. They can also locate the country on a map or globe and color the illustrations. Teachers can also facilitate further research into the winter holiday celebrations using the Internet or other media.
Students will have a great time learning about different traditions while practicing their reading and writing skills!
If you want more holiday classroom fun, check out my Christmas freebies here!
Try the Digital Escape Room 1-3rd, focus is on Main Idea and Holidays Around the World!