Being a childcare provider can be difficult when it comes to Christmas time. I always want the kids to make something for their parents but there are so many things to consider….the age and abilities of the kids, the cost, the time, the needed supplies….oh. It’s so hard to come up with something that won’t get chucked into a trash can. I totally understand why some things might but this year, I think I did okay.
I went to Wal-Mart and bought these little wooden frames. They didn’t have 12 of either kind so I got heart shaped ones for the girls and square for the boys. These would be cute for Valentines Day with the hearts. They were only 97 cents each so that was AWESOME!
I also bought paint, foam brushes and a couple stencils.
Neighbor Girl happened to come over on the day I was working on getting these stained so she helped me by unwrapping them….
…and here she is staining them.
Next for the littlest kiddos, I stenciled their name and a little decoration on the bottom of theirs.
It’s more of the rustic look I was going for.
Next up I needed a profile picture of each kid. This was challenging!! Here’s Carver.
I transferred the picture to my computer. I put them into a Word document. I resized the picture to what I needed and printed it out in black and white. I forgot to take a picture of Carver’s but here’s one of a different childcare kiddo.
The photo doesn’t need to be great..I just needed the profile image.
Next I flipped the picture over and using an exacto knife I laid the picture on black construction paper and cut it out.
I cut a piece of manila paper and a piece of cardboard to fit in the frame opening and put them in place.
Then I glued the kids’ picture in place.
This is Carver’s finished frame. It’s a little bit corny but not bad.
The preschool kids and the school aged kids did the stenciling on their own. I went back with an exacto knife and was able to “clean it up” a bit. The sanding made their stenciling look pretty good.
All in all, I’m really happy with how they turned out! They were a little labor intensive but not terrible. To go along with this the kids stamped brown paper with cookie cutters for the wrapping paper and they made a little card for their parents to go with the gift. The hardest part of all for me was to manage this with the kids’ schedules. Kids all come at different times and different days of the week so I was always one or two kids behind…I was constantly trying to catch someone up!
For school aged kids and preschoolers, this was a great project…for kids that are two and under, I had to do most of the work. I do have to share that the kids were VERY confused as to why they couldn’t square up their body and look at the camera as I was taking the picture. I had to physically turn them and give them a focus point to look at. FUN!
I’d love any ideas for parent gift projects that any of you might have. I always need idea…you know, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…all of those days aren’t that far away!!