Friday 14 December 2012

Things to do with wrapping paper and kids

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If your house is anything like ours there is an abundance of wrapping paper about at the moment!  Once all the present wrapping is done this is a great crafting resource, here are a few ideas of things to do with kids and wrapping paper....
1 - Collage
I snipped up a small piece of wrapping paper and gave Champ a sheet of paper and glue stick and this is what he came up with.

2 - Create Patterns
Our wrapping paper had large and small snowflakes on it so I snipped a few up and created some simple patterns with blanks at the end.  Champ finished off the patterns with some more snowflakes.

3 - Giant Paper Drawings
This time we turned the paper over and got out the crayons for some drawing.  Aided now by Little Dude who's just starting to scribble.

Things then went a little crazy as when they got bored they tag teamed me and tore up the paper!

4 - Counting
Again using the patterns on the wrapping paper I cut out the paper in groups so that Champ could identify how many snowflakes there were on the different pieces and match them to the number.

5 - Paper Chains
A classic!  Looping strips of paper together we made paper chains, not very many as Champ got a bit bored as he found this a bit tricky doing it on his own, one to try again next year!

6 - Laminate
I laminated some different wrapping paper and we used it for a playdough mat.  You could also use this with dry erase pens.

7 - Contact Paper Collage
We used cut up cards for this contact paper collage, but you could use wrapping paper bits instead.

8 - Free Creation!
Champ has a bit of a thing for scissors and junk creations so why not add wrapping paper into the mix!  I gave him scissors, pens, scellotape, yarn, junk and let him get on with it.  This is what he created a kind of crane thing that he wound backwards and forwards to get the wrapping paper to go up and down - pretty clever I thought! 

9 - Wrap presents
If stuck for more things to do, you could always get the kids to work and wrap some presents!

I hope you've enjoyed this post, still looking for more things to do then check out my wrapping paper and baubles Pinterest board.  Or, keep up to date with posts by subscribing, liking facebook or hooking up on Google+ or Twitter.


  1. Ha Ha absolutely make a princess cape for yourself! :) Some cute wrapping paper ideas here. I love the idea of making playdoh mats! Such an easy and cheap way to make things Christmassy! :) Pinning!

  2. I've never considered letting them play with the Christmas paper. I love the pattern idea.

  3. Such cute ideas!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. So many possibilities! Pinning this for future reference. :)

  5. Great ideas! Thanks for providing some ideas for what to do with some of our leftover wrapping paper bits!

  6. love, love, love it. But I'd best get wrapping my presents so B and R don't use up all the paper!


  7. Oh, some great ideas!! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  8. Reminds me of when I was a kid in the pre-video game world! Everything's so disposable these days, so lovely to see someone bucking the trend. :)


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