Our favourite gifts to give are books and educational toys and games based on a theme, however, sometimes you just have to give something practical so why not make it interesting! Materials Kraft paper (can be purchased inexpensively with mailing supplies or re-use the interior of paper grocery bags) Newsprint (this is often used in packing between items and is perfect for this project!) Twine Scissors Clear tape Buttons (with holes large enough to thread twine through) Markers and/or crayons (optional) Needle (optional, one with a dull end works well for children) Cardboard box (a perfect opportunity to re-use) Print-out of birthday tag AMostHappyBirthday (There are spots for names and multiple copies for future use) Directions Put your present into a box, cover it with kraft paper. Thread you twine through the eye of a needle and then put it through one of the button holes (if it has two only) or through two (if it has four), fold it in half. Do the same to a hole on the other side. Tie both ends together under the present. We repeated this three times. Optional Extension: With the buttons, draw a person on the kraft paper with the buttons becoming part of their outfit. You could further embellish with ribbon, sequins, craft jewels etc. Additional Idea: When giving clothes, why not create a bit of a fun theme. We bought some capes and then added some binoculars, a sketchbook, pencil crayons and a nature inspired pencil case so the chid could don their coat and go on a discovery walk. Purpose Fine motor skill development, drawing Safety Notes Use scissors with adult supervision. Buttons can be choking hazards. Be sure to keep them out of reach from small children. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.