I find that the best kind of indoor activity during these cold winter days is the kind that will occupy the kids and be productive at the same time. This is a do-it-yourself project that is so simple but will speak volumes when you use them to wrap gifts.
Giving a gift wrapped in homemade wrapping paper communicates an extra personal touch, and is made all the more special if your kids have a hand in the project. You can pre-make sheets of these so that they will be ready to go when you need them. If you are trapped inside the house with the kids, definitely include them in this project! My daughter is 18 months old and she was a happy and willing participant. Using a bold and thick marker to make simple and abstract shapes provides a great contrast to the texture of crayons and colored pencils. The overall effect is a modern and fun paper.
I used white butcher paper, a thick black permanent marker (Sharpie’s chisel tip) and crayons or colored pencils. After cutting the paper into 20x30 sheets, I chose one simple shape to draw repeatedly in order to form a pattern. Then I handed my daughter some crayons and colored pencils and let her color away!