Make a Santa's Helper Paper Poinsettia
There are many people in your life who often get overlooked during the holidays. Your garbage man, the school janitor, the postman and many others play an important but anonymous role in your life. Encourage your child to think of Christmas as a time of giving and appreciating those around us rather than about what things she will get under the tree.
Your child can be Santa’s Helper this year by making a Christmas card and a paper poinsettia for someone in her life who may get overlooked this year. Help your child brainstorm who she can thank this Christmas and make the holidays a little brighter!
What You Need:
- Red tissue paper
- Green pipe cleaner
- Construction paper
- White glue
What You Do:
- Have your child brainstorm a list of people who help her in her life, but who she may not see regularly or thank for their hard work. She should pick one person (at least) from the list.
- With that person in mind, have your child design a Christmas card, making sure to thank the person for all they do.
- Now she can cut out several petals from the red tissue paper and attach the petals to the green pipe cleaner to make a paper poinsettia. By pushing the petals onto the pipe cleaner gently, she can form a flower. To make the petals stand up correctly, mold an additional piece of pipe cleaner in a tight circle around the base of the petals. She can also cut out a small yellow circle from construction paper and glue it to the center of the petals as a finishing touch.
- Help your child deliver the card and poinsettia to the chosen recipient. Make sure she tells him that she is giving him a flower that won’t wither so that he will be reminded that he is appreciated all year round.