As Olivia gets older, I have really enjoyed trying to get her involved in everything (or, mostly everything) we do. I’ve especially felt that way about the holidays.
This Christmas, she’s gotten to help us decorate our tree, help us make Christmas cookies, and even help us wrap gifts.
Or moreso help us decorate the wrapping paper. Which brings me to the point of this post.
I decided to buy a roll of butcher paper (or some places it’s actually called “all-purpose paper”), I rolled it out and taped it onto our floor, picked Christmas-y colors from our marker and crayon selection, and let Olivia’s imagination run wild.
We sat on the floor for a long while, scribbling, pointing out colors and shapes, tracing our hands, stopping for snacks….it was a lot of fun, and the results were pretty cute too!
I really loved the outcome. It’s sweet, personal and very unique. I think it adds that final touch (especially if the gift is already super sweet and personal.) And if you’re wondering, I would definitely do it again next year (or even for birthday gifts through out the year!)
A few things:
I’d recommend putting your babe in clothes that you don’t care if they ruin! Olivia is really good about the “paper only” rule, but that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t tried a time or two to pull a fast one and color on her shirt or pants!
I started this project last week….I probably should’ve started about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Olivia is always begging me to color and of course the one time I’m asking HER to color, she’s only entertained for 10 minutes. Of course.
I was really excited about the markers because they were 9 bucks and I got them for 4, but next time I’m splurging on good ol’ Crayola markers. The marker did come off of her skin, but not as fast as it would’ve with the Crayola washables!
Because I only started last week and Olivia hasn’t seemed as enthusiastic about our project as I thought she would be, I was only able to wrap like 3 gifts in this paper!
You live and you learn, I suppose!
P.S. If I have time this weekend, I’d really like to post one last super easy holiday craft, so stay tuned!