With the holidays approaching, daycare owners are trying to figure out what, if anything, to give their daycare kids and parents. We asked the OwnADaycare on Facebook members, “what are some homemade gift ideas for Christmas for the children in your daycare”? Our members who are also daycare owners responded to provide their best homemade daycare gift suggestions:
- You could have someone take a picture of you and each child and put them in a frame with a poem. You could take their name and come up with something you adore about them for every letter.I’ve also seen people make an initial craft out of broken crayons, you could do that for each child and frame them in a shadow frame.
- We make t-shirts and or bags with their hand prints (angels, reindeers or Santas) I change each year. Make sure to put your business name on them so they are “advertisement” also.
- Last year I made hand print on a dish cloth with the year and the child’s name with this poem:
I miss you when we’re not together
I’m growing up so fast
See how big I’ve gotten
Since you saw me last?
As I grow, I’ll change a lot,
The years will fly right by.
You’ll wonder how I grew so quick
When and where and why?
So look upon this handprint (these handprints)
That’s hanging on your wall.
And memories will come back of me,
When I was very small.
- I made homemade play dough one year and wrote out the recipe to share with parents. I split the play dough into little baggies wiith ribbon and made a little box with a placement, rolling pin and host of play dough cutters and such. Another year I made little felt boards. I cut out shapes, and the characters to Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear to go with it.
- Last year I bought flour sack dish towels a WM for CHEAP and we put hand prints on them in t shirt paint and then I went back and put their names on in a coordinating color. They were AWESOME!
- We give pre-measured dry ingredients for playdough in a ziplock or jar with playdough recipe attached, they will only need to add water and oil!
- Try snowman soup which was a packet of hot chocolate and a candy cane then make a video or slide show of the kids playing & burn to DVDs.
- Snowman soup, reindeer food to sprinkle on Christmas eve, CD of favorite music…write each child’s name beside their request put a group picture on the cover, recipe book — get parents to send couple of favorite family recipes put them together in a cookbook
- I’m gluing/mod podging a picture of each kid on the 6 sides of a block so they have all their friends and dyeing a play silk to wrap it in.
- We’re taking old coffee tins and covering them in red or white to make a Santa or snowman, then use 1/2 Styrofoam ball glue on top as head and decorate! Then the kids make cookies to fill the tin and that’s there presents to their parents Great for any age group.
- Tag blankets for the babies or toddlers, you can make yourself. I am making oat bags for the parents (steal oats and sweat shirt material).
- For Older kids, depending on how crafty you are, you can make a board game and magnets with the kid’s pictures on them to put on their fridge.
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