By Cherie Werner
Christmas is coming! Do you want to do something special yet inexpensive for the children you work with each week? Here are more than a dozen teacher-approved and parent-approved gift ideas.
- Have a bowling or roller-skating outing. To help with the cost, have each child bring $5 in lieu of bringing gifts for each other.
- Eat pizza and watch a movie in your classroom. Take a class vote to determine which movie you’ll watch.
Places to look for bulk gifts:
- Any dollar store
- Hobby Lobby
- Target’s “dollar section”
Ideas for young children:
- Activity books
- Christmas cups filled with candy, pencils, stickers, or other small gifts
- Crayons and paints
- Crazy straws
- Homemade play dough—or give them the dry ingredients to make their own play dough
- Homemade crayons: melt old crayons in muffin tins and give these large multi-colored crayons to the children along with a notebook or coloring book
- Print, laminate, and magnetize some fun patterns from scrappindoodles.com to encourage hands-on play.
Ideas for older children:
- Mad Libs
- Classroom coupons
- Christmas mug with a package of hot cocoa and a candy cane inside
Ideas for children of any age:
- Fleece blankets
- Christmas ornaments
- Special pencils or pens
- Art paper and markers
One more idea . . . host a birthday party for Jesus!
Plan a party with games, prizes, and birthday cake. (Check out CTA’s FREE digital event outlines. Any of the Christmas events will work as a birthday party.) Ask children to bring a baby gift to donate to a hospital or homeless shelter.
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