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Holiday Gift Exchange


December 06, 2006

Found In: classroom setup, holiday, recess and breaks

This tip will help you plan for the holidays. Many teachers have their students exchange gifts by drawing names. Instead, we ask each fifth grader who wishes, to bring a gift that can be used by any fifth grader at recess. They bring the gifts wrapped without a tag.

At our holiday party, we have the students sit in a circle on the floor. We play holiday music and hand one gift at a time to a student who passes it on around the circle. We continue to add gifts, which are passed around until the music stops. Any student with a gift in-hand when the music stops opens the gift and shows it to all. We continue with additional rounds of the game until all gifts are opened.

The students love the gift opening and even those who aren't able to bring gifts aren't left out. We end up with basketballs, Frisbees, Nerf balls, board games, playground chalk, and even the big plastic tubs in which we store the playground toys. And the gifts are used all year!

 

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