Literacy Based Gifts

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THE GIVING BAG Invite children to brainstorm special things they can do for the recipient of their gift-such as-give a hug, tell a funny joke, sing a song, take out the garbage, vacuum a room, put away the dishes, etc.

  • Write their responses on 3”X6” strips of paper. Help the children wrap the strips tightly around a pencil to create scrolls.
  • Decorate a plain paper bag with festive Holiday craft items, drawings, stickers and glitter glue.
  • After the bag is dry– put the scrolls inside the bag.
  • Fold down the top of the bag-punch two holes and thread ribbon through the holes.
  • Tie and create a bow.

Have children bring in a few family photos–you can use these or make copies. They can then create a collage about their family, using photographs, drawings, short descriptions and decorative items, such as shells, leaves, ribbon, etc.
These items can  be glued onto a large piece of poster board (or make a small photo collage of a child with grandparents or cousins, etc.)

HAVE CHILDREN WRITE AN ESSAY ABOUT WHY THEY love a parent, grandparent, special friend, teacher, brother/sister, etc., on pretty stationery… or put on white paper rolled up and tied with a ribbon.

  • ALSO…create a book from that essay with hand-colored or painted pictures to illustrate different sentences.
  • Punch three holes in the side of each page and tie the book together with yarn or ribbon.

Record children’s voices reading a book, telling jokes, recalling memories, or singing. Include a photo of the person who made the recording. If a new story is being read, wrap up the book with the recording for a special book-tape gift.


Supplies: Paper, markers, scissors, old magazines.
Directions: Ask children to think of something they can do to help mom or dad around the house. They can cut pictures from the magazine and paste them on paper strips to make coupons. Example: I will dry the dishes” can have a cup, saucer or dish detergent on the coupon… Package up in an envelope as a gift…(Traditional coupon booklets are great for kids who can write!)

Idea ***Consider a group program/class cookbook of favorite recipes or a booklet of child made stories, riddles or jokes.


Decorate several sheets of paper and envelopes to give as stationery. Use glue and glitter, crayons, markers or paint for borders; or cut out pieces of sponge, dip them into paint and make stamps on the paper.

BOOKMARKS make a great  gift (Also see the ‘Make Bookmarks Category’)

Cut the front of appropriate greeting cards into 2 inch wide strips. Punch a hole at the top of each strip and attach a yarn tassel. Children can decorate the backs of the strips with markers and crayons if desired…

Make fun bookmarks with construction paper, markers, paints, and stickers. You can also use glitter, sequins, lace, doilies, buttons, and any other odds and ends you have left over form other projects.

  • Cut strips from construction paper, painting the construction paper will make it sturdier, or you can visit the local library or office supply to have them laminated for longer lasting use.
  • To complete the bookmark, attach a tassel make from strands of yarn.

MAKE A BOOK WORM BOOKMARK GIFT to keep pages from wiggling away!

1. Draw a worm on card-stock paper – large and wide-enough to mark a page well. (You can have children make their own bookworm or you can make a template for them to trace)
2. Cut out the worms. With a craft punch, make a hole at the top.
3. Now personalize the worms! Make swirls, dots, and lines in different colors. Add a silly face, some words, or the name of a favorite book.
4. Flip the bookmark over and decorate the other side a whole new way!
5. Embellish the bookmark with ribbon, string, or yarn tied into the hole at the top. Add self-adhesive google eyes or other decorations, too.
6. If you can, laminate them to use repeatedly. (Source

The above bookmark idea and photo is from


  • Time for reading
  • Reading is the next best thing to….
  • Switch on to reading
  • I’m a bookworm
  • Sssh! I’m reading
  • Dive into a book
  • Enter a different world – read!
  • Enjoy a book- get reading!
  • I’ve got my head in a book
  • Have you chosen a good book?
  • R is for reading
  • 54321 READ!
  • Ready, steady, READ!
  • Reading is fun!
  • I ♥ reading!
  • Reading is cool!
  • Reading forever!
  • I ♥ 2 read!
  • Make friends with a book!
  • What’s inside your book?
  • Born to read
  • I’m off to see the world – read!
  • I’m ready for reading!
  •  On your mark, get set, READ!



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