Gift Wrapping Station

Kids are not too young to wrap gifts! Believe it or not, wrapping gifts is great for fine motor skills, scissor skills, and problem solving. I know it may not be the prettiest, but think of the satisfaction your child gets when they are done wrapping a gift and seeing someone open their wrapped present. 

I also think that gift wrapping is a lost art. I myself love to wrap gifts. I think with gift bags and tissue paper, people just don’t feel the need to wrap presents. So I hope that by starting young, my children will learn to wrap gifts. My 7 year old loves to help and I hope her siblings will follow in her footsteps. 

This wrapping station is pretty easy to set up if you have all of the supplies on hand. If not, a quick trip to the Dollar Tree can get everything you need for cheap. Remember that at this young age, you aren’t looking for perfection. You just want your child to get comfortable with cutting the wrapping paper, taping it onto the box, and covering all of the box. 

To start out, I showed my kids how I like to wrap presents. I made sure to tell them that this was just one way of doing it and they can wrap their boxes any way that they like. My 3 year old had trouble using the tape dispenser. So I suggest cutting pieces of tape off and placing it on the edge of the table for your child to grab as needed. I put gift tags in the bin so that my newly 5 year old could practice sounding out names and writing them. 

Here’s how to do it:

Supplies: 

  • Boxes of various sizes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Bows
  • Pen
  • Scissors
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Step 1: Place the boxes, wrapping paper, tape, and scissors on the table. You can show your child how you like to wrap boxes if you want. Or you can place a wrapped box on the table for them to see.

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Step 2: Have your child cut the wrapping paper and wrap the boxes as best they can.

Step 3: Have them place ribbons and/or bows on their newly wrapped boxes.

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