Talk about holly and how it is often used as a symbol of the holiday season. Then have your students make cute gift tags or decorative banners with this simple holly design.
Once they get the "hang" of finger printing, invite them to continue forming a pattern on the paper strip. Children can later take it home to hang on a door or over a window.
Encourage children to follow the same holly-printing procedure on small squares of poster stock paper. When their designs are dry, punch a hole in the corner of the square and tie a piece of red ribbon through the hole. What cute gift tags!
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