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…


By |2017-03-28T22:27:25+00:00December 23rd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Rockabye Butterfly December 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm - Reply

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

  2. maryanne @ mama smiles December 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm - Reply

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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 23, 2011 at 12:47 pm - Reply

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

  3. Cathy@pre-schoolplay December 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    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. December 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm - Reply

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

  4. Robin Cannady December 23, 2011 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    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!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm - Reply

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

  5. Rebekah @ The Golden Gleam December 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    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!

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