With this simple painting technique, your child can take a large mailing envelope (11 by 17 inch works well), give it a little character (a silly snowman, for example), and call it a wrap for a gift book, puzzle, video or box of stationery.
Cut a basic snowman shape from construction paper and use a few pieces of rolled masking tape to temporarily stick it to the face of the envelope. Dip a soft sponge into blue tempera paint and then dab color onto the envelope all around the snowman. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Carefully remove the construction-paper cutout and then use colored markers to draw a face, arms, a hat and buttons. For an authentic touch, glue on a miniature felt scarf.