| COOKIE CUTTER FUN
Collect several Christmas cookie cutters. Place thin sponges in pie
tins and pour on tempera paint in desired colors. Show your child
how to press the cookie cutters onto the sponges, then onto paper
to make holiday prints.
- For gift-wrap, print on large paper, such as butcher paper
or brown wrapping paper. Printing with red and green on
newspaper is also fun.
- Create gift bags by printing on paper lunch sacks.
- To make greeting cards, print on folded pieces of construction
SPICY WREATH ORNAMENT
This ornament makes a great holiday gift. Cut the center
out of a small green paper plate to make a ring for a wreath base.
Invite your child to glue on Christmas-scented items, such as dried
orange peels, cinnamon sticks (broken into pieces), whole cloves,
and peppermint candies. Add a red bow. Then make a hanger by punching
two holes in the top of the wreath and tying on red ribbon.
HOW MANY DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS?
Photocopy a December calendar page and let your child decorate
it with crayons or markers. Attach a holiday sticker on the 25th to
mark Christmas Day. Then each morning, give your child a sticker to
attach on that day's date, and help him count the number of days remaining
| WRAP IT UP
Select a familiar object, such as one of your child's toys,
and wrap it like a gift. Ask your child to feel the outside of the
"present" and try to guess what's inside. Then let her open
the package to see if her guess was right. Follow up by letting her
wrap an object for you to guess.