Our preschool parent Christmas gifts and cards

Our preschool parent Christmas gifts and cards

For our parent Christmas gift, each of the children participated in making a class cookie recipe book…

We had spent time a few weeks earlier looking at cookie recipes and exploring terms like recipe, ingredients, measurements, oven temperature, degrees, cooking time, and so forth….

Then we created our own cookie recipe as a group…

The children were then asked to draw a picture of their own cookie and give us the name of their cookie, the ingredients, and the baking instructions.

I made copies of the children’s drawings and typed up their “recipes” then put them all together in a book for each child to take home as the parent gift…

Before sending the recipe books home, I read one copy to the children during circletime…

For the cover of the book, the children made cookie cutter prints on white paper…

Once the cookie cutter printed paper was dry, I cut the paper in half and saved it for the cover of our recipe books…

The entire process was done over a span of three weeks. We worked on each part of the gift one little piece at a time…

Parent Christmas Card

For our parent card, the children used a marker, paints, and their fingertips to make a string of Christmas lights.

Most of the children drew their own light string but some of the children requested help with the string…

The children dipped their finger in the paint to add the lights to their strings…

Although the cards were similar, they still each had their own uniqueness and the children’s special fingerprints to personalize them a bit…

After the cards were completely dry, the children folded them in half and drew a picture on the inside of the card for their parents…

This completed our parent cards and we attached them to the gifts once they were all wrapped up…



  • Rockabye Butterfly Posted December 23, 2011 12:00 pm

    Hi Deb, Just stopping by to say have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday! I hope you get some relaxing time off! and have a very Happy New Year!! :))

    Love Rockabye

  • maryanne @ mama smiles Posted December 23, 2011 12:02 pm

    What a lovely gift idea! The parents must have loved them!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 23, 2011 12:47 pm

    Thank you 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful holiday and Merry Christmas too!!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 23, 2011 12:47 pm

    I love how they show the personality of each child:)

  • [email protected] Posted December 23, 2011 2:31 pm

    This is such a lovely idea. I’m sure the children will enjoy looking back on the recipes they and their friends created as they grow up.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 23, 2011 5:49 pm

    Thank you Cathy:) I even saved a copy for myself!

  • Robin Cannady Posted December 23, 2011 6:43 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing and breaking down the steps you took to complete this project. It really emphasizes what the learning process were behind such a cute project. My son’s pre-K class did this as their Christmas gift for parents. My son did a recipe for Chocolate Chip cookies. his directions were -“Mix it all together with a spoon. Don’t cook it because it makes it burning hot. Just eat the dough.” He has helped me too many times!

  • Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam Posted December 23, 2011 8:21 pm

    What a precious gift for Christmas! Definitely a present that will put a smile on the face of the parents! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted December 23, 2011 9:04 pm

    Haha – I love it. Those are some very good directions!

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