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A parent's guide to priceless gifts that children can make for the holidays

Christmas Games, Party Ideas, Crafts, Books, Movies, Present Ideas and Recipes

As a girl scout leader for many years and a homeroom parent for both of my children I have planned many school Christmas Parties.  You will find some great games, recipes, movies, crafts, books, present   and decorating ideas for kids parties listed below.




Keepsake Magnet

Take an empty box from toothpaste, hair color etc... and wrap it in wrapping paper.  Glue a magnet on the back.  Tie it with a pretty ribbon/bow and attach this note. 

"I took an ordinary box
As empty as can be
I filled it with a special gift
And wrapped it carefully
But please don't ever open it
Just leave the ribbon tied
And hold it tightly near your heart
Because my love for you is inside!"


Book Exchange

Inexpensive book gift wrapped for each child
for Reader- The Gingerbread Man

How To Play: Children set in a circle, each one holding a wrapped book. A Room Mother reads The Gingerbread Man story. Every time the word "ran" is spoken you pass the book to the person on your right. Continue doing until the story is over. Whoever has the book on their lap at the end of the story is theirs to keep and open.


Power Outage Kit

Take a medium size plastic container with a lid, small shoe hanging rack, or travel bag..  Decorate with fancy letters to say "Power Outage Kit".  Fill  with various types of batteries (be sure to include "AA" and "D"). candles, matches,  a few flash lights and/or a small lantern.


Super Sundae Bucket

Treat your favorite ice-cream lovers to all the makings for super sundaes. All they'll have to add is the ice cream.

Serve in a brand-new paper paint bucket (look for them at home improvement stores).  Decorated with a hand-drawn label. Fill the bucket with such things as an ice-cream scoop, ice cream bowls, hot fudge, caramel and butterscotch sauce, sprinkles, nuts, maraschino cherries, M&M's and for future use a gift certificate for the local ice cream shop.


Mini Travel Kit

Purchase a sturdy, expandable plastic envelope from an office supply store.  Make sure it is small enough to fit into the glove compartment of your car.  Have the kids decorate the front. Fill with on-the-road essentials: map, pen, sticky notes, gum, roll of quarters, package of tissues, package of hand wipes, hand sanitizer.

NOTE: This can be altered to be used as a “first aid kit” simply filling with Tylenol, Band-Aids, Neosporin, etc.. OR a “Travel toiletry kit” by adding a toothbrush, and travel size toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant and conditioner.


Night at the Movies

Start with a plastic popcorn bowl and customize it using permanent markers or puffy paint.  Then fill the bowl with microwave popcorn, large candy bars, and a gift certificate to the local video rental store or movie theatre.


Nature Lover Basket

Purchase a large PLASTIC flower pot at the local craft store.   Fill the pot with potting soil, gardening gloves, a small trough, bird seed, bird feeder, and most importantly packets of forget-me-not flower seeds.