Christmas is coming and it’s a great opportunity to create some homemade gifts with your kids! We made some salt dough ornaments and cards to complement them, now let’s complete the gifts with some homemade wrapping paper! Getting your kids to make some homemade wrapping paper is a great way to get them involved with each of the gifting processes. You can let them know how special their gifts are because they spent their time making each part.
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Making the wrapping paper
- Roll of brown kraft paper or packing paper
- *Foam* shaving cream (gel will not work)
- Liquid watercolor or food coloring
- Wax or parchment paper
- Baking sheet
- Skewer for mixing Old credit card or something similar for scraping
Step 1 Cut a piece of kraft paper to the size you need, try to cut a piece of parchment paper as close to the same size as you can. Place the parchment paper on the baking sheet. This helps to keep the shaving cream contained to the parchment paper.
Step 2 Take your shaving cream and make a thick layer on top of the parchment paper. Drop some liquid watercolor or food coloring in different areas of the shaving cream (in this case we used food coloring).
Step 3 Use a skewer to marble the shaving cream and color together. You can swirl it around until it looks the way you like it.
Step 4 Remove the parchment paper from the baking sheet and place it on a flat surface. Press your homemade wrapping paper on top of the shaving cream and then place it back onto the table. Use the credit card or scraper to scrape the excess shaving cream off the paper. You can add the excess back to the parchment with the rest of the shaving cream and re-swirl it!
Step 5 Swirl the shaving cream again to make different designs and repeat the process until you have enough kid made wrapping paper!
What skills will your child learn?
Some of the colors may mix together and this is a really great opportunity to teach your children about mixing colors and what different colors they can create! Place red and blue or red and yellow together and when it swirls into purple or orange show them and let them know how it happened.
Swirling the shaving cream around helps develop fine motor skills which are the ability to move the muscles in their hands and wrists.
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We absolutely LOVE seeing your preschoolers learning through play! Please take photos and videos of your child's finished product or them making their wrapping paper and share them with us on Facebook and Instagram!
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