My children love to craft at Christmas time. One of our favorite kids Christmas crafts is making tags for our gifts. This year, I have decided to forget about pretty, coordinating wrapping papers that always catch my eye and wrap our gifts in brown paper. But they will still be spunky and coordinated! Our tag project this year will have the kids decorating typography and incorporate fine motor skills in this Christmas Activity.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: cardstock (heavy weight is best), a printer to print out the outline of the letter (or just freehand it!), craft items (glue, glitter, paint, stickers, etc).
WHAT TO DO: Cut out a large, block style letter of the initial of your child’s first name. You can find some ideas on www.fonts.com. I cut out 8 of each letter (M, N and S for my 3 children). Create an inviting crafting space by laying out glue, glitter, sequins, markers, crayons, stickers, etc. Allow them to create their own masterpieces on these letters. When they are finished and dry, adhere them to the bottom corner of each gift for a coordinated, creative, and personalized touch!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-Push those fine motor skills a little further and allow your kids to cut out their letters own.
-Allow them to decorate the first initial of other family member’s names. It will make them extra proud to give their gift!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: visual motor integration, prewriting skills, motor control, fine motor skills, bilateral coordination
Want to take a closer look at the skills kids are using in this activity? Check out our Clinical Closeup page, where we break down the skills listed below in terms everyone can understand.