With the holidays over and those playrooms bursting with new toys, it's about time to start sending thank you notes.
I'm strong believer in the importance of thank you notes - when somebody puts the time and thought into buying a gift, they should get a special, handwritten note in return.
With my son still being a toddler, I'm doing most of the writing for his gifts; however, he still helps make the cards - and I try to make them as creative yet simple as possible.
Today, I'm sharing four simple cards. It's well-suited for toddlers as well as older kids - older ones can do more of the tasks themselves.
You could also use these ideas for any occasion - not just thank you notes :)
1. Cut-Out Cards
This type of card is my favorite and the simplest for younger kids. First, use a cookie cutter to trace a few shapes on card stock. We used stars, hearts, Christmas trees, and gingerbread people.
As far as paper, I always use card stock because its thicker than construction paper. So when the paint is layered on, it doesn't bend. I also like the colors of card stock better than ordinary construction paper. They are brighter and more fun, which definitely ups its refrigerator-worthyness.
Then, simply cut the shapes out for your child to paint on.
You can also do a variation of this - which is great for younger kids: Have your child paint all freely over a piece of card stock. Once dry, you can trace the cookie cutters and cut out the shapes.
I did something similar with the below Christmas trees. Using my toddler's painted paper, I cut out strips and shaped them into trees.
After, glue your cut-outs onto another piece of cardstock and fold into a card.
Your child can continue to decorate - my toddler used q-tips and paint to further decorate the trees. You could also use stickers or ribbon - or scribbled marker works too. :)
2. Potato Stamps
Always looking for new sensory play activities, I decided to give potato stamps a try. It was way easier than I thought it would be - and my son had a ball.
This might just be our new go-to card.
First, cut off the top of the potato. Then, press in a cookie cutter of your choice.
I thought only metal cookie cutters would work; yet, the plastic heart cookie cutter (below) went into the potato without a problem :)
After that, use a knife cut the excess from around the cookie cutter, slowly moving your knife around the border of the cookie cutter.
You are left with an awesome stamp that's easy for kids to paint.
I got a little creative and did a double-sided stamp on this potato - with a star on one side and a heart on the other.
This encouraged my son to be more involved - getting messy and flipping the potato to see the shapes.
This could also be a fingerpaint activity or a paintbrush activity.
3. Painters Tape Letters
Use painters tape to spell out a word - such as "Thanks" and then have your child paint freely.
When the paint is still a little tacky, remove the tape.
Definitely use painters tape for best results. I lazily used electrical tape this time and it peeled terribly.
4. Fingerprint Balloons
Handprint, footprint, and fingerprint cards are usually not my favorite.
It's usually too structured for my little one, but we got a really cute card with a few single fingerprints.
We turned them into letter balloons which my toddler loved.
Simply put a little of each of the colors you are using on a palette or piece of paper, and have your child dip their finger into each color and then make the print.
The number of prints will depend on the number of letters in the word.
Once dry, use a sharpie to write on the letters and draw the balloon knot and string.
A few tips...
My son had a great time making these. Arts and crafts is one of his favorite activities, as it's special time we spend together. He also takes such great pride in giving his cards to his special family members, which is super cute :)
Not to mention our family members love the creativity involved and appreciate the time we took to make them something special.
The cards definitely make the fridge :)
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