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Make Holly Gift Tags


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.

  • Pour red finger paint into a margarine container lid. Do the same with green finger paint. Give children paper strips (about 1-foot long). Show children how they can press their index fingers into the green paint and press them onto the paper strip making two green prints that are at a slight angle to each other. Those are the holly leaves.
  • Next, press the tip of a pinkie into the red paint and press it where the two leaves are closest together. That is the holly berry. Let children give it a try on scrap paper.

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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