Go Green: For this ephemeral nameplate, take a walk with a purpose, collecting such items as leaves, stems, and twigs. Back home, have your child write his name lightly in pencil on sturdy paper. Glue the natural items over the penciled lines.
Let shadows be your child’s guide for this activity. In the morning (8 a.m.) or late afternoon (4 p.m.), place a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Unroll paper (Easel Paper Roll, $14; alexbrands.com) along one side of the table, and arrange a variety of objects along the paper’s edge. Have your child trace the shadows with markers.
We love this fingerprint heart gift idea! How it's done: Lightly pencil a simple shape onto a large piece of watercolor or other sturdy white paper (we made a heart, but a leaf, star, or tree is nice, too). Lightly trace a guideline or two below your drawing, then write guests' names along it with a marker. When family members arrive, ask them to choose a stamp-pad color and make scattered fingerprints inside the shape, as well as one just above their name. Then frame.