How to make a birthday card for a 2 year old

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How to make a birthday card for a 2 year old
2-year-olds like to look at illustrations, but may destroy or try to eat a card. (birthday toddler girl image by Trevor Goodwin from

According to the National Network for Child Care, 2-year-olds respond to and show interest in illustrated books, but most are unable to read. A 2-year-old child also tends to be destructive, and likes to put objects in his mouth. When making a birthday card for a 2-year-old, you should focus on the visual elements, and avoid using materials such as springs, sequins or glitter, which are harmful when eaten.

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Things you need

  • Construction paper or coloured cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Non-toxic glue
  • Markers and crayons

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  1. 1

    Fold the piece of construction paper or cardstock in half.

  2. 2

    Use markers or crayons to write a simple message on the outside of the card, such as "You're 2 Today!" On the inside of the card, write another simple message such as "Happy Birthday (child's name)." You can also cut letters out of construction paper and glue them onto the card to spell your message.

  3. 3

    Draw or cut and paste a prominent visual image on the outside of the card. Choose something that your 2-year-old child will respond to and like. This could be a favourite toy, a pet picture, a cartoon character, a group of children playing or anything else that the child is familiar with and enjoys.

  4. 4

    Decorate the inside of the card with another prominent visual image.

  5. 5

    Invite family and friends to sign the inside of the card.

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