National Send a Card to a Friend day is a day to let our friends know we are thinking of them. (We are still working on our thank you notes from Christmas :o, so we might use this opportunity to try and finish those up too!)
Card-Making Ideas for Kids
https://tinkerlab.com/40-homemade-cards-for-kids-to-make/ – great ideas on this site! Pop-up cards, valentines cards, and much more!
Writing Ideas for Kids
Some kids can have a hard time getting started with writing notes. It might be a task that has been accompanied with frustration, or something that has felt like a ‘chore’ in the past. Here are some ways to add a little fun and encourage the writing process.
- Gather materials – printed papers, fun pens, stamps, stickers, return address labels can make the process more enjoyable for kids. Seeing all of the pieces that go into writing a thank you note make it more exciting and the writing part won’t be the main focus. (You could even select a photo with your child and have special note cards printed, so your child has their own custom note cards.)
- Set aside time – Find a time when you won’t feel rushed. If you have multiple cards to send, break up the writing sessions over several days. Depending on your child, gauge their attention span and interest level appropriately. Snacks can ensure they won’t tire out sooner than later!
- Parent Involvement – Depending on the age of your child, you might be writing for them, while they add scribbles and stickers, or they might be completely independent with a little coaching from you. Here’s a website that gives some ideas and tips for all levels of writing abilities. It has to do with writing thank you notes, but has great tips for how involved parents should be based on your child’s abilities. https://allwording.com/thank-you-notes-from-kids/
- Final Touches – After the writing and decorating is complete, help your child put everything together with an envelope, mailing address, return address, and stamp. If you made your own card and don’t have an envelope that fits, here’s an envelope template where you can make your own!
- Visit the Post Office – My kids love going to the Post Office and putting letters into the slot. For younger kids, it’s a great way for kids to learn about how the mail system works.