In the age of e-mail and Facebook, the art of homemade cards is almost lost. So, when your children make their own thank-you cards, these handmade creations really stand out--and won't get lost in an e-mail inbox. Teach your children this old-fashioned craft at an early age and instil in them the grace of gratitude after they receive a gift. When they are old enough to draw, they are old enough to make--or contribute to--thank-you cards.
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Things you need
- Cardstock or construction paper
- Markers or crayons
- Rubber stamps and ink
Get your child in a good mood before he embarks on this activity; his crankiness could show up in the finished product--and the project could take a lot longer than planned.
Eliminate all distractions so your child can focus on the task at hand. Turn off the TV, close the laptop and put away her toys.
Fold cardstock in half to make a 5-inch by 7-inch card.
Instruct your child to write "thank you" in her own handwriting, with stickers or using stamps and ink on the card front.
Give your child crayons, markers, glitter and stickers and let him decorate the rest of the front of the card as he sees fit. He can also cut out shapes and glue them to the card.
Write the thank-you note if your child is 5 and under and have her sign the card. If she is 6 to 9 years old, she can write her own note; nudge her in the right direction by asking what she likes about the gift and suggesting she include that.
Address the envelope for your child to ensure it is legible but let her put the stamp on and slip it in the mailbox.
Talk to your child about the importance of thanking someone for a gift or thoughtful gesture to reinforce the card's message.
Tips and warnings
- Be a good example. Let your children see you creating your own cards and writing thank-you notes.
- For a personal touch, take a photo of your child with the gift for which she is writing the card. Either attach it to the front of the card or enclose it.
- If you have a lot of cards to make, such as after a birthday party, spread out the work. Do a couple of cards a day over several days instead of trying to do them all at once. Otherwise, you'll incur the wrath of an unhappy kid and hear wails of "My arm is tired."
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