"NEEDS & WANTS" Craftivity

"NEEDS & WANTS" Craftivity
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Is teaching about “Needs & Wants” part of your curriculum?

This bit of economics is one of our standards, so I thought it would be fun to introduce the concept during December, when a list of “I want….” floats through the thoughts of many students.

With that in mind, I designed 3 different “gift boxes” that flip up to reveal a list of needs & wants “inside” the present.

Be sure and check the PREVIEW for lots of samples.

I chose Christmas colors, but you can make examples with a variety of colors, to use this packet during another season of the year. (Earth tones for fall, pastels for spring etc.)

For more thinking, have students rank their needs & wants in order of importance.
The order of needs, provides a nice discussion, as most children don’t know that you can live longer without food, than you can without water.

Besides ordering their wants, have students list 2 practical things that they want that they’re likely to get, plus 2 “way out there” ( the sky’s the limit ) wishful thinking wants, or you could tell students that “money is no object” so dream big, and make a list of things they’d like to have, if they could have anything!

For extra pizzazz, instead of having students write their name on the package, run the tag pattern off.
Children color, trim, write their name on it, fold the end over, and glue that tab to the top of their package, so that it flips out a bit.

For more 3D pizzazz and pop, have students press a self-stick real bow or some ribbons to the top of their package.

Completed projects make an awesome bulletin board.
There are several definition posters included in the packet; use them to introduce the lesson, then scatter in the middle of your display.
There’s a Christmas-themed set, as well as a generic one.

Do this as a whole group activity with preschoolers, by making just one together.
You print & assemble the box, hanging it on your white board, then call on students to give you their ideas of what to write on the lists.

This packet pairs nicely with the “Needs & Wants” Emergent Reader Packet.

Click the link to take a peek.

I’m Diane from Teach With Me, wishing you a year filled with all you desire.

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