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Holiday Gift Exchange

Found In: classroom setup, holiday, recess and breaks

Many teachers have 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, 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. When the music stops, the student with the gift in-hand opens it and shows it to all. We continue additional rounds 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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