Give parents a chance to reuse / upcycle those piles of worksheets and handouts that their kids bring home. Give kids a chance to practice following directions and developing their eye-hand coordination and motor skills. Give parents AND kids a chance to do something fun together this holiday season with this paper-folding Christmas tree craft.
The craft is formatted as a card, and two interiors are enclosed. One, from teachers to parents, says "Warmest holiday wishes from our school family to yours." The other interior is blank. Just print which one you need.
The Paper folding Christmas Tree craft activity would also work well tied into a lesson on the American Museum of Natural History's annual origami Christmas tree, or as a very simple introduction to origami for the younger grades, since the pages are big, and the folding isn't intricate.