Created by Kids

Homemade Gifts in Toronto
Created by Kids

Kids are crafty. What about channeling that energy into a homemade gift for someone special this year?

The Paintlounge offers something only the bravest (craziest?) mothers allow at home: unfettered access to paints and a canvas. This hour of drop-in and drop-off fun for kids 5 to 13 also includes artistic instruction. Feel like sticking around during the class? The free Wi-Fi and lounge menu will keep you comfortable. Through December, they’re offering holiday-themed art classes.

Celebrated stylist Andrea Ford’s Re:Style Studio offers several opportunities this month for kids to go craft crazy. The early evening classes include creating a sweater stocking made from recycled sweaters, and an embossed gift-tags class. Or, kids can spend a sweet Saturday afternoon building an amazing pre-baked gingerbread house. Open for ages 7 to 12, registration is online.

Small hands can also get into the handmade game. Wise Daughters in-house button and magnet maker will allow younger members of the family to create something of their own. They can draw or stamp an image, and then help press it into a button or magnet to be boxed or bagged up for an adoring aunt or grandparent. Be sure to call to reserve a time in advance.

Casa Loma’s Elves in the Workshop offers an ornament-making event for kids aged 2 and up throughout the month, but book now. The kids create a miniature gingerbread house ornament to be kept on their tree or wrapped up for someone special.

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection offers a Family Pottery Workshop on Saturday, December 10 for kids 5 to 12. An instructor will teach kids how to create a bowl or sculpture and have it fired up in time for them to gift it over the holidays.

Harbourfront hosts a Candy Making for Families event on December 10. Create a variety of no-bake sweets and treats that can easily be recreated in your kitchen at home.

The West End’s Art Works Art School offers ornament making merriment as part of their Family Sundays program, held one Sunday each month. Register or call to reserve space for this program being held on December 18.

No more off-shore goods this season. These gifts are made from the heart, right at home. Tested by Alison R., Toronto

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First published 2011.12.08

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