My mom was/is an expert gift wrapper: crisp corners, bows in the right places, and perfect paper. She would stay up until the wee hours on Christmas Eve wrapping our gifts while watching It’s a Wonderful Life. She not only beautifully wrapped our gifts, but used different paper for each of us. On Christmas morning we would run down the stairs and find our gifts stacked in neat piles under the tree according to our assigned wrapping paper; It was magical. It’s taken me until adulthood to realize that she would spend all this time carefully wrapping our gifts only to experience each of us ripping apart said packages like we were possessed by the Tasmanian Devil. The paper, that was once so perfectly disguising our gifts, was strewn all over the floor awaiting the inevitable trash run before the next round of chaos would start.
This Christmas, I decided to come up with a creative way to delay the time between wrapping and ripping. Wishful thinking when it comes to kids, I know, but I figured I would give it a shot. I decided to use Kraft paper and Sharpies because the possibilities are endless with these basic supplies. Here are a few ideas for how to wrap children’s gifts that might give them a slight pause before tearing them open. It could also provide a distraction if you need to delay present opening for a period of time.
How to Make Interactive Wrapping Paper
1. Pen and Paper Games: Cover presents in simple pen and paper games such as Tic-Tac-Toe, Hangman, or Dots and Boxes.
2. Lego Drawing: Give clues as to what might be inside their gift using drawings such as this one with Lego faces.
3. Word Search: Create a word search using their name, clues about their gift, holiday words, etc. Discovery Education has a word search generator that allows you to create your own.
4. Finish the Drawing: Challenge your child to complete a drawing that you’ve started.
5. Coloring: Create your very own coloring “book” right on your child’s present according to things they like or images related to what’s inside.
These are only some of the many ways to use Kraft paper when wrapping children’s gifts! I hope at the very least it makes the outside of the present as much fun as the inside.
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