Let’s talk about gifts…
Ask any child what they love about the holidays and their answer is likely, “the presents”.
It’s natural for kids to focus on what’s in it for them, and writing up a list of ‘wants’ for Santa is commonplace in most homes. Kids get a thrill from selecting a perfectly packaged gift from under the tree and tearing off the wrapping to reveal a shiny new toy.
That’s all good and well, but I think every adult can agree that the true meaning of gift-giving is more in the giving than the receiving. But how do we get our kids to agree?
The act of giving has plenty of benefits for kids’ psychological development.
To name a few:
🎁 It gives kids a sense of purpose
🎁 It promotes positive self-esteem
🎁 It instills values of generosity and empathy
🎁 It teaches kids that there’s deeper meaning behind physical gift-giving
Let’s look at that last point in more depth. When a kid realises that it’s more about the meaning behind the gift than the gift itself, suddenly their eyes are opened to a world of possibilities.
For most kids, the thought of giving hasn’t dawned on them simply because they aren’t the money-makers in the household. ‘How can I afford to get anyone a gift if I don’t earn any money?’ But if meaning is what makes a gift count, the possibilities are endless. And that’s the point we need to drive home this year in the lead-up to Christmas.
Whether it’s cookies for Santa, a hand-painted ornament, or a handwritten card, there’s nothing quite like seeing the sparkle in a child’s eye when they’ve made something for Christmas with their own two hands.
As Mother Theresa once said, "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."
So let’s give our kids the ‘gift of giving’ this year, starting with this super fun and festive art tutorial.
Tell your kids they can gift their artwork to a loved one by adding it to the front of a card or setting it in a frame.
The deeper meaning behind their gift will be reflected in the time taken and level of effort shown in their artwork. And there’s nothing more meaningful than a gift that is handmade with love!
You can download the FREE drawing template for this tutorial by clicking the image below. Simply add your name and email and a copy will instantly be sent right to your inbox.
What are you waiting for? Grab your paints and pastels and let’s get in the Christmas spirit.
What you’ll need:
⭐️ Watercolour paint
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