Making kiddie gift baskets for your neighbours is a great way to keep your kids engaged and learning. Gift baskets are welcome at any time of the year because they spread joy and show caring for others.
Suitable for children up to 8 years old, this activity will promote the development of the sensory and empathy skills essential for a well-rounded adulthood. You can make this basket with a few simple items. This basket can be completed by children in less than 30 minutes.
What you need to make a gift basket
The building blocks your child will need to collect to make this gift basket for a neighbor are very simple.
- Seasonal flowers or small plants in your garden or shop
- 8.5×11 inch drawing paper for basket
- Crayons, paints or markers to decorate the paper
- cotton wool
Prepare your decorative items. Kids can be creative using crayons or paints. If you don’t have one of these items, you can use a marker to draw on paper. The more colors, the more playful the design will be when the flowers are placed in a basket.
- Prepare 8.5 x 11 inch paper by cutting 1 inch wide. This will give you a piece of paper measuring 7.5 x 11 inches.
- Draw a cone on the paper by drawing two lines each from the bottom center to the top outer corners.
- Encourage children to use their imagination and imagine different colors and shapes they can come up with to decorate the paper in the line.
- When you’re done drawing, cut along the lines.
- Wrap the paper in a cone shape and staple it along the sides.
- Trim the top edge of the cone into a uniform shape and flatten it.
An alternative to gift baskets for neighbors is to decorate the paper and cut it to wrap around a glass or plastic bottle. Secure the decorative paper using glue or tape.
Fill containers with flowers and/or plants and wrap stems with water-soaked cotton wool. Don’t forget to wrap the tin foil around the damp cotton wool to prevent the paper cone from disintegrating. Whether you use paper cones or jars, keep the flower stalks wet.
Help your child identify a neighbor who will appreciate the gift basket. In addition to neighbors, beneficiaries can be teachers, family members, postmen, or anyone your child meets regularly. Perhaps they could be used to brighten the lives of elderly people in retirement villages or children in hospitals.
Child Development Benefits
Delivering these gifts can be either planned or a surprise. The best thing about giving is the gratitude and joy you feel when you receive a gift. Your child will learn the value of empathy by completing this activity. Their sensory abilities will grow, and they will appreciate the kind deeds involved in making gift baskets for their neighbours.
Involve your child in the fun activity of making gift baskets for their neighbors and show them how much fun it is to give. Your support will accelerate your child’s development, strengthen his growth and emotional strength.