Today, I helped the kids make Christmas presents for their grandpas and grandmas. Originally, we planned to go to a craft store and spend money on a craft the kids would have minimal input in and the grandparents would probably love because it was from the grand kids but for no other reason. Okay so that wasn’t our exact plan, but that’s basically how it would have gone down.
Instead, we decided to use what we had and make them something that is more meaningful and something they can use.
We started with my 2-year-old. Because she’s two, her pictures aren’t always discernible Nonetheless, she LOVES to color. We picked out some colorful card stock and some stickers and she did her magic.
We were left with this:
After, I used a paper cutter to cut out two rectangles. We punched a hole in the top and I let her pick out ribbon to thread for the whole. And now we have…
Bookmarks! This is something useful but strait from my 2-year-old.
My 5-year-old loves to draw. He decided he wanted to make special pictures for his grandparents. While giving the grandparents a picture is in no way a new idea, he decided to draw a memory from something they had each done together.
This summer, we went on a week-long vacation to Yellowstone National Park with one set of grandparents. My son drew pictures for each of them of his favorite memories from that trip.
The first is a picture of all of us (and Superman… not 100% sure why) checking out Old Faithful. The second is a picture of us looking at the mud pots. In this picture, Grandpa is standing on his head and I’m kicking my leg up over and around my head. Hmmm…
Later this summer, we took another trip to the other grandparents’ home for a long weekend. He also drew his favorite memories from that trip.
One is a picture of him with Grandma playing in her house. The other is a picture of Grandpa pushing him on the swing at the park.
Not only did the kids have a GREAT time making these, but I know it will mean a lot to their grandparents and we didn’t have to spend a ton of money on something they probably won’t have use for.