The girls and I worked really hard making homemade holiday gifts (baked goodies, Shrinky Dinks key chains, and gift tags this year). On the other end of the holiday, it’s important to me that I involve our girls in saying thank you to our friends and family who were so generous in giving their time and resources to us.
Since they were old enough to scribble a few streaks across a paper, I’ve worked with the girls to make thank-you cards. Here’s an example of some cards we did when they were 2 1/2…
I wrote the text: “Thank you for the book about the,” and then the girls filled in the blank, so to speak. At the time, they still weren’t drawing very recognizably, but they could choose a color for the background to the sea, and glue to it a few fish I’d cut out from construction paper.
They definitely “got” what we were doing, and why. And I think this kind of activity helps them remember who gave them what. They still know that Aunt Alison gave those books to them when we saw her in Alabama.
At almost-five years old, our girls can’t fully read, but they can print like no one’s business. My plan this year is to have them write “THANK YOU” on the front of the cards, and address the inside of the card, “TO: AUNT ALISON” and sign their names. We’ll either draw pictures, or in some cases I might take a picture of the girls wearing their new sweaters or playing with a particular toy to include in the card.
Of course the girls love to tape the envelope shut, apply the stamp, and walk the letters to the mailbox.
An art project, handwriting practice, and a sense of gratitude…it’s what’s on our agenda this post-holiday week.
How do you handle thank-yous with your kiddos?
MandyE is mom to fraternal twin girls, almost five. She blogs about their adventures, and her journey through motherhood, at Twin Trials and Triumphs.