Chil­dren’s Cre­ations Are Hol­i­day Hits

Some­times the best gifts are ones from the heart

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The nicest hol­i­day gifts aren’t nec­es­sar­ily the ones in the big­gest, fan­ci­est boxes. Nor are they nec­es­sar­ily the most ex­pen­sive. Some­times the best gifts of all are the homemade ones that are made by young ones—our chil­dren, grand­chil­dren, nieces, neph­ews and, per­haps, stu­dents. Hol­i­day gift ideas that chil­dren can eas­ily cre­ate in­clude fes­tive tins of baked and dec­o­rated cook­ies or col­or­ful painted rocks to be used as “per­fect” pa­per­weights. Other ideas in­clude or­na­ments dec­o­rated with glit­ter and con­struc­tion pa­per cut­souts of trees or snow­men, or painted pinecones glued on dec­o­rated card­board bases.

Remember to let chil­dren know that they can per­son­al­ize their cre­ations with “Grandma” or “Teacher,” for ex­am­ple. Many of the in­ex­pen­sive ma­te­ri­als needed for these projects can be found in dol­lar stores and in arts and crafts shops. “My kids love work­ing on art projects—dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, es­pe­cially,” says Amy Towne, a Cape Coral res­i­dent who has two young ones. “Grandma looks for­ward to her hol­i­day tra­di­tion of get­ting a homemade gift that she brings to her of­fice.”

While par­ents may as­sist with scis­sors, con­struc­tion pa­per, glit­ter, paint and glue when chil­dren are mak­ing great mas­ter­piec-

BY ANN MARIE O’PHEL AN

From left: Chil­dren cre­ate art­works at the Cen­ters for the Arts of Bonita Springs. Their pieces will make trea­sured hol­i­day gifts.

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