Make Wrapping Paper with Create Make & Play


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Molly Howard, founder of @create_make_and_play loves getting her little ones involved by creating fun crafts and activities using old cardboard packaging, egg boxes and lots of other useful materials found in her recycling. Join us for this month’s Frugi Time where Molly shows us how to create festive hand-printed wrapping paper!


Have you ever tried to make your own wrapping paper? Why not personalise it with your little ones! Handprint art is brilliant for children with lots of learning benefits…


This activity compliments the following areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣:

🌈 Physical Development ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

🌈 Communication and Language ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

🌈 Personal, Social and Emotional⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

🌈 Creating with Materials⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣



🌈 Cognitive development when comparing, predicting, planning and problem-solving.⁣⁣⁣⁣

🌈 Fine and gross motor development when painting.⁣⁣⁣⁣

🌈 Language development when talking about their art work.⁣⁣⁣⁣

🌈 Social and emotional development (sharing, relaxing, concentrating, self-esteem)⁣⁣⁣⁣

🌈 Listening skills when following instructions


Here are 3 different festive handprint ideas you and your children can use to create your own wrapping paper!



Christmas Tree

What you need:

Brown roll of paper

Green, red, yellow and gold ready mixed paint

Pop-pom or star

PVA glue

Paint brush


How to make:

Step 1: Paint your hand green then press onto the paper making sure your fingers are facing the top of the paper.
















Step 2: Then paint 3 of your fingertips in the other colours. Add dots all over the tree to create the Christmas tree lights.
















Step 3: Add a blob of glue at the top of the tree and add a star or pom-pom.



What you need:

Brown roll of paper

Brown and red ready mixed paint

Brown felt tip pen

2 googly eyes

Paint brush


How to make:

Step 1: Paint your hand brown and press onto the paper with your fingers spread out and your fingers facing the top of the paper.
















Step 2: Next dip your thumb into red paint and press it into the middle of the reindeers face.











Step 3: Once the paint is dry add 2 googly eyes above the nose.



Step 4: Finally finish off the antlers by drawing little lines off of the fingers using a brown felt tip pen.


Father Christmas

What you need:

Brown paper roll

Red, white and skin toned ready mixed paint

2 googly eyes

Paint brush

How to make:

Step 1: First you need to paint your hand using a paintbrush, red on the thumb and top of palm, then a line of white, next a line of skin toned paint, then the fingers need to be white. Finally you need to paint the end of the thumb white.



Step 2: Next push your hand down onto the paper make sure your fingers are facing the bottom of the paper.



Step 3: Using the end of the paint brush, dip it into some red paint and add a red nose onto the skin toned area to create Father Christmas’ nose.



Step 4: Once the paint is dry either add 2 googly eyes or draw them on with a black felt tip pen.


⁣⁣Once you’ve finished printing and the paint has dried you can use your handprinted wrapping paper to wrap those super-special gifts for loved ones!