The Art of Gift Giving Recap with Elissa and Debi

Productive Play Recap

Show #8

Gift Giving

Thanks to all who tuned in to Productive Play this week where we discussed the importance of teaching generosity. We also shared a specific gift idea and other gift idea resources that you can use with your child this holiday season.

After each Productive Play show, we recap the episode here on the Word of Mom Radio Blog. Everyone is busy so if you had to tune out early, missed the original show, or need a refresher of the activity and what we discuss, this is where you can check back and find all the information you need!

Photo Puzzle Gift Activity

Phase 1 Month 11 Activity 18


  • enlarged (8.5 x11) photo of child with friendblog photo 1
  • decorated contact paper or piece of construction paper, poster board etc..
  • clear contact paper or shipping tape (optional, this helps puzzle last longer)
  • scissors
  • pencil/marker
  • gift bag/box/envelope


*Contact paper can be found in housewares section at common hardware stores, Target, Walmart etc….


  • Tblog photo 2ake a photo or find one that has been already taken of your child with their friend, teacher etc… of who they are making this puzzle gift
  • Enlarge the picture on plain paper or photo paper to 8.5 x 10 (standard printer paper) You can also use whatever photo you already have, you will just need to adjust the number of puzzle pieces accordingly.
  • Together adhere the back of the picture to the sticky side of a decorated sheet of contact paper
  •  Cover the front of the picture with clear contact paper
  • Now draw with a marker 5-10 puzzle pieces



  • Using scissors, cut along the lines drawn to create puzzle piecesblog photo 3
  • Package up the puzzle and let child give to his friend





  • Homemade gifts help teach children generosity, value of money and the feeling of value after hard work of making a gift
  • Gifts don’t have to be expensive to mean something
  • Plenty of learning happens during art activities. Fine motor development, creativity, language skills and more!
  • Remember, you can make almost any art activity into a teachable moment by conversing and asking questionsblog photo 4


  • Code Name Mama– a great website full of homemade gift ideas. Enter in the search box “ make your own gifts for toddlers and preschoolers”. Over 25 ideas will come up! Activities may claim they are for adults, but use some creativity and adapt for your child.
  • “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore and Share” by Martha Stewart
  • Pinterest! Search “gifts for preschoolers to make” you will get hundreds of great ideas.

IMG_0623_2Meet Debi Dutton and Elissa Sungar

Debi and Elissa are the mother/daughter creators of If Not You,, a free website with over 300 activities to make sure your child is ready for kindergarten.  They are also the hosts of Productive Play on Word of Mom Radio the 3rd Wednesday of the month.

One Response to The Art of Gift Giving Recap with Elissa and Debi

  1. Love August 19, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    Bruce thanks for the info on teh fish jitnos! They sound incredible and I always love it when the non GF’ers as you say, enjoy gluten-free food!Cheryl Wildwood Arts Cafe in Austin is a gluten-free, dairy-free bakery/restaurant. They do buy gluten bread for non gf customers so you need to let the staff no you can only have gluten-free items. We found the baked goods dry and not very good, except for the pumpkin muffins which were incredible! The lemon bars are a huge seller but there were none left when we arrived for lunch.

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