Looking for inexpensive Mothers Day or Fathers Day or any-holiday parent gifts for kids to make? Why not have children make homemade love coupons. Make homemade parent gifts and crafts do double duty as learning activities. Creating love coupons and teaches the 3 Rs, reading, writing, arithmetic even spelling and punctuation. Love coupons are the perfect parent gifts for kids to make independently. Use these love coupons for Mothers Day, Fathers Day or Grandparents Day, parent birthdays.
Mothers Day and Fathers Day love coupons are easy and cheap–well, actually free–to make. The simplest way to make a love coupons booklet is with index cards. Teach the arithmetic portion of the 3 Rs by assigning students to divide ruled notebook paper into six equal pieces (staple together in booklet form). Students practice important math skills and higher order thinking skills as they explore ways to equally divide a sheet of paper, Don’t do the math for students–let children find their own way of measuring and cutting paper into even pieces. Some children may even think to fold the paper into even pieces.
Teach the reading and writing part of the 3 Rs by having students to compose their own wording for love coupons wording for Mother’s Day. Personalize parents gifts for kids by tailoring to their own family’s lifestyle and activities. Create a list of spelling words from the children’s love coupons. Mothers Day and Fathers Day are great times to practice spelling family words. Just make sure you’re all sensitive to the children whose parents are divorced. A family spelling list might include:
Used lined paper to help students write as neatly as possible,. Assign students to write a rough draft of 6-12 ideas for love coupons gifts for kids to make. For K-1 each of the love coupons might be one to three words each; ‘fold socks’, ‘sweep the porch’. For grades 2-3, assign six single sentence coupons. Grades 4-5 can write 6-12 longer, more involved sentences. Students should proofread each other’s writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. The final drafts should be written in the coupon books. Encourage students to draw pictures on coupons. If children have trouble thinking of creative coupon ideas, here are some suggestions;
Good for one long, hot bath with no interruptions.’
Good for one meal, cooked and cleaned up afterword’
Walk the dog
Clean the windows
Good for one pedicure.
This coupon good for one back massage.’
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