Sometimes children spend long periods of time away from home. Perhaps they spent a summer at camp, had an extended stay with relatives or were hospitalised during a serious illness. Welcome a child home with a banner that clearly expresses your enthusiasm at his return.
Other People Are Reading
Young children might not be able to read words such as "welcome home." Show a young child your excitement at his return with images instead. Draw bold and simple smiley faces on the banner with markers. Draw each one to resemble a family member, and include the family pets.
If you want to make a sign that is bright and colourful and includes the whole family but you aren't the artistic type, write "Welcome Home!" in large, bold letters on a long white sheet of paper or a large piece of poster board. Let every member of the family decorate it with brightly coloured hand prints by painting each person's hand with tempera paint and carefully pressing the palm of the hand onto the poster.
Welcome a child home from foreign travels with a sign that bridges the cultures near and far. Write "Welcome" or "Hooray!" in English and in other languages. Even if your child didn't travel out of the country, the inclusion other American phrases such as "Howdy, Pardner!" and will add variety to a whimsical welcome home banner.
Welcome and Surprise!
Older kids who can read well might enjoy a sign that welcomes them home and informs them of a surprise or good news at the same time. Family and friends standing by to welcome your child home will enjoy seeing his reaction at reading exciting news on the sign. For example, decorate a sign with your child's favourite animated characters or pictures of roller coasters to welcome a child home from the hospital who has always wanted to visit a theme park. Or embellish a welcome home sign with pictures of starfish, beach balls and surf boards to let your child know that you're taking him to the beach.