These gift boxes were not empty!


Throughout our two week focus on Christmas, my students gave me a ton of empty gift boxes. But wait a minute, these gift boxes were not empty!

Well maybe to the untrained eye they are empty but inside each gift box was a chance for me to foster a child’s sense of community. As a child gave a box, My teachers and I had the chance to celebrate that child’s effort to bring me some joy.

As I opened another lid and peeked inside, I was found the child’s imagination at play and my imagination was sparked too.

Day after day, the children continued their pretend play. If any teacher sat down on the floor in the block center, you better believe they were going to be getting one surprise after another.

Some of our gift boxes were filled with animals, rocks, blocks, or other materials from around the classroom while others were filled with kindness, love, and laughter. It really didn’t matter what was in the box. What mattered was the giving.

Oh to be given so many gifts every single day by my students makes me a very lucky teacher indeed!

Wish you were getting as many things from your students? Just fill your classroom with empty gift boxes and you will not be disapointed.

Toys that inspire imagination!

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Books about Gifts

The Amazon affiliate links below are to great books about gifts, gift giving, and gift boxes!

More to Grow On!

Give your class the gift of nothing!

Christmas Writing Station

By |2018-11-02T10:48:36+00:00December 19th, 2017|

About the Author:

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.

One Comment

  1. Marissa February 11, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    This is such a fun and creative way to repurpose gift boxes. Would you use this activity all year round and how would you modify it to the students ages?

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