Wrapping presents doesn’t need to involve real presents or real wrapping paper. And with under-fives in charge it almost definitely won’t involve a perfectly wrapped present! But don’t let any of that stop you enjoying this fun and easy activity. There are lots of reasons why children enjoy it, and why it’s so great for them. Fine motor skills are boosted from cutting with scissors and getting to grips with sticky tape. And for children exploring an enveloping schema, the joy is all in the almost magical disappearing of the present. It’s also an exercise in sharing and kindness, whether the gift is real, or you are playing birthday parties. Design your own paper, make ribbons and bows, or play games such as pass the parcel and Postman.
About The Author
I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys, Get Set Five and A Year With My Child. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. I studied at the Institute of Education, part of the University of London, both for my PGCE and my as-yet-unfinished masters. I'm especially interested in schemas and how they help us understand the motivations behind toddlers' play.