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I'm so excited about this product!
Every December I would struggle to come up with an idea for holiday gifts that my students could make for their families. Some of the obstacles I faced included time, cost, and level of difficulty. Many of my students came from non-traditional homes and would therefore need to produce more than one gift. Also, not all of my students celebrate the same holiday so I needed to come up with something that was versatile.
I did my fair share of snow, snowman, gingerbread, and other winter-themed projects. Knowing that my mother had saved each and every gift I brought home added additional pressure. However, as a parent myself I knew that people don't necessarily want to see some oversized, glittery object presented to them to be displayed and cherished for all eternity. I really wanted to come up with an idea that was practical, personal, and useful.
To quote the Grinch, I puzzled and puzzled till my puzzler was sore and then I thought of something I hadn't before...something perhaps that meant a little bit more.
I am so excited about my latest creation and hope you, your students, and their families will love it too. While it was designed as a holiday present, it could certainly be used at any time of year. They would also make wonderful and affordable gifts for your parent volunteers.
I used the plastic containers that Crystal Lite comes in. I sent out a request to my students' families and an email to the staff asking for empty containers and received a class supply within a week. You could also use brown paper lunch bags.
Print one copy of the wrapper, the conversation starter cards and the prompt of your choice per student (or more if the student has a non-traditional family).
Have the student draw a family portrait in the frame.
Cut out the rectangle of the wrapper with the bold lines showing.
Trim the left and right end of the wrapper to remove the black line.
Wrap the label around your container and secure with glue or tape.
Optional: Have each student complete a writing prompt, trim, and attach to the back over the seam.
If time allows have the students decorate the question cards. Older learners may add their own questions to the blank cards. Have the students cut out the conversation starter cards.
Place the cards into the container, cover and wrap.