The holiday season is just around the corner, and that means we are going to be doing a lot of gift wrapping.  A fun way to get your little ones involved is by creating DIY wrapping paper. Not only is this activity fun, but it also helps develop your preschooler’s creativity, fine motor skills, and imagination.

Before you start
Turn on some Christmas music and plug in your Christmas tree lights to get into the holiday spirit. 
Talk about the different things you see and the colors you see during Christmas time.  Also, talk about the weather, activities you do in the winter, the clothes you wear when it is cold, the season and the day Christmas falls on. 

This will help get your child prepared to make their wrapping paper.  


CREATE YOUR OWN WRAPPING PAPER
WHAT YOU NEED:
Have your preschooler color or draw a Christmas scene or any Christmas images on the white paper, using as many colors and designs as they please. 


WRAPPING PAPER COLORING PAGES
WHAT YOU NEED:
Download the Christmas Pattern Coloring Pages, have your child choose the coloring page they like best, and let them color it however they'd like.  



WHEN THEY ARE DONE MAKING THEIR WRAPPING PAPER
Once they’ve completed their masterpiece, wrap a small present in the paper, tape it up, and it’s ready to give away. On Christmas morning, your child will be so excited to see their artwork on full display.

You can leave the other coloring pages out for your child to color whenever they have downtime.


WHY PARENTS SHOULD GET INVOLVED IN THIS ACTIVITY
Coloring isn’t just for kids. Adults can benefit greatly from coloring too. It has been linked to reducing stress and anxiety, as well as improving focus and concentration.  Plus, getting involved with your child’s activities can be a great bonding experience. Spending time together helps foster better communication and relationships.  So parents, why not take some time out of your day to color with your child? It will benefit you both in the long run. 

CREATIVITY BOOST
Making DIY wrapping paper is an excellent way to boost your preschooler’s creativity. By allowing them to choose their own colors and decorate the paper as they please, you’re fostering their imagination and developing their personal style. Encourage your child to draw or scribble whatever they want on the paper, whether it’s simple patterns or more detailed figures.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Another great benefit of DIY wrapping paper is that it helps develop your preschooler’s fine motor skills. Drawing and coloring require a lot of hand-eye coordination and precise movements, which are essential for building strength and control in their hands. This activity is a fun and easy way to sneak in some essential fine motor skills development while also having fun.

IMAGINATION EXPANSION
Making DIY wrapping paper can also help expand your preschooler’s imagination and ability to dream up new things. This activity encourages them to think outside of the box and come up with new themes and designs that they might not normally consider. This process can stimulate their creativity and inspire them to think of new ideas, not just in art, but in all aspects of their daily lives.

What are you waiting for... unleash your child's inner artist.


Xx Jeni

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