Kids are never too young to write thank you notes. If they are old enough to hold a pencil or crayon, they can help create a thoughtful thank you note to send to friends or relatives for a birthday gift they have received.
People won’t expect a perfect thank you note from a young child, so let your preschooler have fun with this project. The point isn’t how good the finished product looks, but how much effort and thoughtfulness the child put into it.
Blank greeting cards and envelopes
White card stock
“Thank you” rubber stamp
Ink for rubber stamp
Birthday photos of child
Your child’s artwork will decorate the front of the greeting card. Give your preschooler a blank piece of white card stock and let him draw on the paper. He can use crayons, colored pencils, or my boys’ favorite, paints. Paints can be applied with a paint brush or with sponges.
If your child has chosen to use paint, you will have to wait until the paper is completely dry to start the next step.
Using the paper cutter, cut the artwork to fit the front of the greeting card. Let your child use the glue stick to apply glue to the back of the artwork and glue it to the card.
Next let your child glue a birthday photo of himself in the center of the front of the card.
Open the card and have your child use the rubber stamp to stamp “thank you” in the center of the card.
Have your child sign his name in the card. If your child is not old enough to write, just have him scribble in the card. Older children can write their name with your help. You can write a note in the card thanking the person for the specific gift the child received.
Encourage your children from a young age to be thankful for gifts they have received. Make it a fun activity, and they will enjoy writing thank you cards.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For resources for the Christian family, including parenting, toddler and preschool activities, homeschooling, family traditions, and more, visit http://www.Christian-Parent.com