When it comes to toddler- and preschooler-friendly activities, wrapping presents may not be the first thing that comes to mind, especially considering that scissors and tape can be involved.
However, today’s hint is an approach to present wrapping that can actually be a great way to entertain young children (as well as a strategy for cutting the cost of wrapping paper). The method: Wrap presents in white tissue paper, and then let your little ones decorate the paper themselves with markers and crayons, creating easy, frugal and custom DIY wrapping paper.
I first learned of this clever trick at my niece’s second birthday party, where she received a present wrapped this way, complete with drawings courtesy of her toddler friend (see the DIY wrapping paper in the image above).
To be sure, white tissue paper isn’t the only material that will work (though if you’re wrapping gifts for little ones, tissue paper does tend to be especially easy for chubby hands to unwrap). Brown packing paper, and any other plain old colored or craft paper on which drawings would show up, would work just as well. A plain old gift box also would look nice decorated with drawings.
However, newspaper, the go-to DIY wrapping paper for many, doesn’t work as well in my experience, as kid drawings don’t show up so well on newspaper wrapping.
What are your methods for making wrapping paper, and or for involving little ones in present wrapping?