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Students give the gift of their time in this “Giving Tree” idea


Art, Language Arts  


K, 1, 2, 3  

Title – The Giving Tree
By – Dr. Kathleen Wild
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art
Grade Level – K-3


    This is a very special Christmas gift for either a parent or a relative or even a special friend who is an adult.

Materials Needed:

  • One small Christmas tree you can find the tree at many Dollar Stores.
  • About two pieces of construction paper or writing paper.
  • Colored pencils.
  • Scissors.
  • A hole puncher.
  • Colored ribbon.


  1. Cut pieces of paper about 4 inches wide by 4 inches long.
  2. Now fold the piece of paper in half.
  3. After folding in half like a miniature card, have the student punch a hole through the top left corner of the miniature card. This will be where the ribbon is placed through the hole that will be attached to the tree.
  4. Now, have the student write in the card a job or something special that they will do for that very special person in their lives. Examples would be: I will sweep the kitchen floor. I will take out the trash. One could even read: Good for one night of washing all of the dishes. Another example might be: I will polish the furniture .
  5. After the student has completed about 5 to 10 small cards for the tree, The ribbon can be inserted through the hole and tied to the miniature tree. This is a very nice gift for the student to give of them selves to another important person in their lives.


    This project may be used as a Christmas present or Valentines gift or even as a Birthday present. You may want to choose different colored ribbons for (red/green) Christmas colors, (red) Valentines Day, or (pink or blue) birthdays! This will help the student to see that they may give of their time as a present to help someone else. This will also teach good values.

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