Coming up with an anniversary gift may be difficult for children, since they may only have a few dollars in their piggy banks. Luckily, most parents would prefer a handmade gift that requires effort and thought on the child's part. Before presenting the gift, create personalised wrapping paper by painting or drawing on plain white paper.
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Making breakfast or dinner lets children treat their parents to a relaxing meal. Unless they have the supervision of an older sibling or an adult, they should avoid the stove or oven. They can put together bowls of cereal, fresh fruit and juice, or make sandwiches for dinner. Parents will be touched by the effort. If you're helping children prepare gifts at school, have them help you mix up a batch of sugar cookies. Children can cut the dough into shapes and decorate them with frosting, then present the goodies to their parents as an anniversary dessert.
A personalised calendar will make parents smile for a full year. Print blank calendar pages onto white paper, leaving room at the top of the page. Children can draw illustrations on the page or glue on family photos. Have them include special messages throughout the year, such as small smiley faces or inside jokes drawn onto random days. If the anniversary falls in the last few months of the year, making a calendar that starts in January is appropriate. Otherwise, make a calendar that covers from this anniversary to the next.
Although most children don't have the money to buy a bouquet of flowers, they can create blooms that will last forever. Children can cut flower shapes out of paper or make them from coffee filters. They can first decorate a filter with markers, then spray it with water to make the design run. When the filter is dry, they can twist the centre of the filter into a small nub and add a stem by tying a piece of wire around it. Once they've made a bouquet of these, they can paint a terracotta pot and arrange the flowers inside.
A coupon book is ideal for children to make because it costs nothing. Most parents have received a handmade book full of coupons for "one hug" or "setting the table without being asked" from their children. But make this gift more special by including coupons that parents will really enjoy. Include coupons promising to spend a day giving parents compliments every five minutes, promising to give parents back rubs or promising to eat any vegetable that appears on the dinner table. Parents can have their children fulfil these promises at any time by handing them the coupon.
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