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Ideas for what young DC can make for relatives?

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MrsJamin Thu 15-Nov-12 21:38:27

I'd like DS1 to start thinking about giving to others as part of Christmas, rather than just receiving. He's nearly 5. Some initial ideas I had were
- make fudge or sweets
- make keyrings maybe out of Hama beads
- make bookmarks

None of these are particularly exciting so can anyone think of anything that children could make that adults would actually appreciate as a gift?!

Roseformeplease Thu 15-Nov-12 21:40:17

Mine do personalised crackers. You can buy the kit from Early Learning Centre and other places. You have to buy the gift and can personalise that. They come with a joke but mine tend to write their own, including the person's name.

BluelightsAndSirens Thu 15-Nov-12 21:40:31

We made the grandparents place mats for the Christmas table that we laminated, found out recently that they use them every Sunday.

We also made ceramic plates. these are on the wall

VBisme Thu 15-Nov-12 21:42:00

Our kids maked buns last year, in lovely packaging and this year we're going to do mince pies.

DewDr0p Thu 15-Nov-12 22:18:55

We did biscuits that the dcs decorated with white icing and silver balls.

We've also given GPs a calendar with photos of the dcs.

fruitcorner Thu 15-Nov-12 22:20:17

Hama bead coasters, tea towels with handprints , drawings etc. fridge magnets

3bunnies Fri 16-Nov-12 07:04:43

We make Christmas tree decorations, look on pintrest for some ideas, or are a few threads on here. The great thing about tree decorations is that generally they can find a tiny bit of the tree to put them on, they don't need to have them on show all year, but can be reminded of your dc each time they get them out. This year it is button snowmen, santas and trees.

greentea72 Fri 16-Nov-12 07:11:33

Peppermint creams, dipped in chocolate and put in a nice box.

craftynclothy Fri 16-Nov-12 07:44:38

Baker Ross have loads of stuff. I've ordered some basic calendars (your dc draw the picture at the top) and make your own snowglobes (dc colour the picture that goes in the middle or you can put a picture of the kids in it) but there were other things too.

Nishky Fri 16-Nov-12 07:51:23

Baker Ross fan here too- we have done this for 10 years since dd was 1- now have two dc's my poor relatives

I try to make them useful rather than just junk decorative; we have done key rings, fridge magnets, coasters. This year is wooden storage boxes and little money boxes which will be painted

Throughgrittedteeth Fri 16-Nov-12 08:07:40

Air drying clay is good for little ones. Quite cheap and can be painted. I'm actually enjoying making some things myself!

BiddyPop Fri 16-Nov-12 12:47:36

DD is making tree decorations from Hama beads for relatives this year.

She makes cookies (we have a spiced christmas cookies recipe she's helped to make since she was 11.5 months old, and just got more involved as her skills got better - now I just weigh everything and put trays into the over).

Draw their own Christmas cards (just get a packet of blanks to be creative with and provide pencils, glitter, stickers etc, or you can get ones with a pre-printed picture to colour in).

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