We’ve been helping our children make gifts for their siblings this year, and I have to admit that I am extremely pleased with the results – not necessarily the physical results of their hard work, which admittedly are lovely, but the results of the experience.
The first step for each was to come up with a gift idea they could make. I admit that there was quite a bit of parental involvement in this. Children often have grand ideas full of thoughtfulness which aren’t necessarily attainable by their inexperienced little hands. I helped my children to narrow down their ideas to age- and skill-appropriate ones. However, the process was wrought with creative thinking and a focus on others.
Once we had the idea, we made special trips to gather the supplies we would need. It was special time with a parent (and nursing baby sister in tow). The actual process of making the gift also gave opportunity for one on one time between parent and child.